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The Crime Record Bureau of 2018 has shed light on the condition of suicide rates in India. According to it, West Bengal was among the top 5 states with an unusually high number of suicide rates in the country. This, and several disturbing events of student suicides in recent times, makes the Kolkata Mental Health Fair at SSKM Hospitals an event to take note of. 

The event was organized by the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) in association with Kolkata Psychiatric Association. It was a four-day affair which attracted leading psychologists and psychiatrists across the country. The focal point of discussion was primarily about the rise in the number of suicides, especially in the age group of 19 to 29. 

This age group is usually the time for career building. Students in engineering or medical colleges are taking this fatal step because they are unhappy with a variety of matters. They may be worried about where their career is going, or the pressure to perform which keeps mounting for students. Depression is cited as the chief reason for these suicides. 

The participants of the Fair were clear about one aspect: the lack of awareness to deal with mental health issues. Because of this lack of knowledge about the tools necessary to resolve the problems, most do not seek any help. Depressed students keep their worries and anxieties bottled up, giving way to a drastic step. If parents and teachers in schools and colleges are more equipped to identify and deal with the cases of mental health issues, students can be deterred by timely intervention. 

That makes the case of employing full-time psychologists in educational institutions a necessity. Regular teachers cannot always tell if a student is depressed or is considering suicide. With the help of psychologists, students can be identified and therapy sessions can be scheduled. However, if the problem lies undetected, help cannot be extended to the students in question.

The Fair will also enable people who have battled mental health problems to come out and speak to those affected. This gives a first-hand perspective that always serves as an inspiration. Hopefully more such events will pave the way for greater awareness about mental health problems.


Issues related to employees are usually handled by the human resources department. However, there is so much more that employees need, in addition to their usual pay slips and other HR modalities. With the right corporate counselling offered by professional psychologists, the workforce can be optimized for better results. 

There are numerous benefits that corporate counselling can achieve:

  • Motivation: Most employees work on the same kind of projects every single day. Even the most creative profiles can become dull and boring in some time. That is when motivation is needed in sharp doses. Corporate counselors can work with employees to provide them the motivation they need. Employees get too deep in their work and often lose perspective in the large scheme of life. Many lose motivation because they are unsure if their hard work is making any real difference at all, personally or professionally. 
  • Retention: The primary challenge of every big organization across the globe is to retain their best talents. The attrition is attributed to several factors causing burnout. Employees are unable to continue working in the best mental state possible. They feel they are over-worked and sometimes they cannot handle the additional stress. Corporate counselling can work like safety valves. Employees will feel energized once they start talking about their problems. Venting out feelings will work wonders for employees doing stressful jobs. 
  • Education: The education system in the country leaves little room to teach life skills. There is hardly any lesson on work-life balance. Value systems in human beings are also left to individual choices. In the absence of proper guidance, stronger personalities often fail to find sure footing, especially when their conduct and behavior is important to the organization’s success. Corporate counselors can do the job of educating employees on such issues. Employees need to understand their role in the organization and how they keep the wheels running. 

Without these benefits, companies will have to hire employees every now and then, shoring up their costs considerably. Moreover, they may not be able to employ such high-quality talent if they keep losing what they hire! It is a wiser idea to draw upon the benefits of Corporate Stress Management by getting in touch with the best corporate counselling firm in Kolkata,


Loneliness is one of those feelings that we all feel at some point or the other. However, there are phases when this feeling of loneliness becomes chronic. You feel that your life is empty and devoid of any joy or happiness. You feel that no one around can give you company in the true sense and at the end of the day, you are all by yourself. The feeling of loneliness has triggered literature over centuries, with innumerable pieces of prose and poetry written about it.

Despite the trappings of romanticism attached to the feeling of loneliness, it is not a good or positive feeling to have for anyone. Everyone has shortcomings and weaknesses in their lives. Loneliness, when ignored, sustains for days and weeks, leading to more complicated mental conditions like depression. It is not far-fetched to think that acute loneliness can lead to suicidal feelings as well. The problem is that most people ignore these feelings of loneliness as just part and parcel of life. While that may be the case to an extent, you have to be vigilant that it does not exceed for days on end.

Why Psychological Counselling is Important?

Psychological counseling in Kolkata from professionals is a cure for loneliness. While medications are not used in the initial period, it may be required if other forms of therapy are not enough. Therapies may include individual and group therapy. When people suffering from loneliness are put in a room with others suffering from the same kind of condition, they tend to open up and communicate. Communication is a major step in dealing with loneliness. Speaking your heart out to interested listeners, be it friends or family or even complete strangers in a group therapy session, can be liberating. When the cobwebs of the mind are erased with words spoken out, the feeling of loneliness dissipates somewhat.

What you absolutely cannot do is ignore the feelings of loneliness completely. People can be lonely due to various reasons: a job change to a different city, a breakup, a career-ending abruptly or the passing away of a pet. Instead of trivializing your own feelings of loneliness, seek professional help, if you feel that your emotions are running haywire. Professional psychologists can address your concerns and put them into perspective. Sometimes, that’s all you actually need.


You may have heard the term ‘helicopter parenting’ at some point or the other in your life as a parent. Primarily an American coinage, it refers to the model of parenting where parents hover around their child like a helicopter, tending to their every need and requirement. However, as is very natural, this kind of parenting often goes overboard, in which parents end up interfering and sometimes destabilizing the lives of their children. This leads to mental issues from the perspective of the parents as well as the children involved.

Let’s look at this problem from two sides of the coin. From the point of the parents’ view, helicopter parenting is all about protecting and insulating the children from every negative aspect of life. But is that really possible? Can any parent actually do that? The answer is a thumping NO! Life throws many challenges and unexpected situations that the child cannot share or deal with the help of parents. As a parent, you need to understand that.

It is true that during the formative years of the child, especially from their birth to the toddler stage, the child is entirely dependent on the parents. This gives a heightened role to the parents. But they need to understand when the time is ripe for them to back off. They need to realize that when the child grows up to their adolescent stage, they are no longer relying on the parents to take every small decision about their lives. Due to peer pressure and the need to assert their own personality, children will deviate from the diktat laid out by parents. That should not hurt or depress the parents.

Similarly, the issue is quite challenging from the perspective of the children. They are likely to develop symptoms ‘social anxiety’ where they are unable to deal with the society and group of people around them on an individual basis. This is because they are used to having their helicopter parents guide them on every little thing! Another problem could be the development of ‘general performance anxiety’ where children find it tough to do anything properly because they are wary that whatever they do, it might not be good enough for their helicopter parents.

As parents, if you find you are a helicopter parent but cannot back off, or the parent of a child who’s getting increasingly depressed due to your mode of parenting, you need professional psychological help.


The worst part about a mind contemplating suicide is that these thoughts creep about in the mind without making themselves obvious. Silently but surely, they eradicate all logical thoughts and reasonable thinking from the mind. The road to this darkness is often irreversible unless psychological counseling is brought into the picture. Here too there is a catch! People with suicidal tendencies live in a denial mode. They are unwilling to acknowledge that something is amiss in their thinking and they need help.

It is the duty of the psychologist to detect signs of suicidal tendencies. Those suffering from this malaise do their utmost to hide this fact. Despite their mental disorder and rather chaotic thoughts, they are somehow cautious about guarding their inclination to cause harm to themselves. As a result, the signs are not always so obvious. Only a trained and professional psychologist can detect and identify this train of thought in an individual, who otherwise pretends to be of sound mental health.

That brings us to the symptoms associated with suicidal tendencies. More often than not, people think about suicide as a way of our life’s miseries, like chronic illness, pain, suffering or uncomfortable situations. However, this is the not the full picture. Usually, there is a history of mental illness associated with suicidal thoughts. The problem could be one of depression or bipolar disorder, among others, but these two are the more prominent symptoms. People who are depressed continuously or have extreme mood swings are more susceptible to think about suicide than others.

There are various forms of treatment available. Psychologists and psychiatrists can opt for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT. This method tries to drill some logic and sense into the thinking of the individual through therapy. CBT is based on the principle that by changing the thoughts of a person, their behavior can also be affected. Medication like antidepressants is also used in this form of therapy.

The other option is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or DBT. This involved individual or group therapy sessions. The stress is on tolerance of everyday situations and developing interpersonal skills, including communication as a safety valve. The purpose of the sessions is to empower individuals with confidence and hope, something that resembles light in a dark tunnel.


We all have senior citizens around us. They may be in our immediate family, living with us in the same house. They may be aged parents living alone somewhere while you stay elsewhere due to work or studies. There comes a time when senior citizens tend to behave c. They are unable to find logic or reason in things. As a result, their own demands and suggestions become quite outlandish. Yet, they are fixated on what they have opined and don’t take no for an answer. It is quite a testing time for a son, a daughter or any other member of the family.

There are several reasons why senior citizens tend behave irrationally. The most common one is the onset of dementia. This is a mental disorder that really has no cure to reverse its onset. However, timely psychological and psychiatric treatment can arrest its growth and medication can keep some mental faculties alive for longer duration. Dementia, or memory loss as it is commonly known, can be a huge challenge, not just for the person dealing with the problem but also for everyone around them.

c More often than not, the attention is all they want. Also, they may be feeling irrelevant due to their advanced age and this is their way of grabbing some attention back. When you listen to them and hear them out, they will be more willing to see reason when you put it across to them. People suffering from dementia often tend to feel that their concerns and apprehensions are being dismissed without any consideration. You have to counter that feeling.

Secondly, think in terms of ‘why’ rather than going after logic and reason all the time. Senior citizens suffering from early signs of dementia may tell you that there is an animal in the room or people like the housemaid are stealing from them. Instead of countering their statements, try to find out why the person is making these remarks. Is the housemaid actually lingering around the room aimlessly or touching the safe or cupboards when they don’t need to? Something may be triggering their fears and accusations. Address them and this will calm down irate senior citizens.
Above all, seek professional psychological counseling. Dementia cannot be cured, true, but it can be fought for a better quality of life.


effects of depression on health

The feeling of sadness comes naturally to human beings. And it is absolutely normal to feel sad. However, there are times when this overwhelming feeling of sadness, grief and emptiness interfere with one’s day to day functions. Clinical depression is something that manifests itself not only through mental changes but also physical changes. According to the World Health Organisation, about 350 million people across the globe suffer from depression. Major Clinical Depression can cause serious health issues and can deteriorate your quality of life. Here’s what depression does to your health:

1. Clinical Depression affects your Central Nervous System. People suffering from depression find it difficult to concentrate on things. They have memory problems and lack decision-making skills. They feel fatigued all the time and have trouble in sleeping.

2. Depression also affects your digestive system. Many cope with depression by indulging in binging or by not eating at all. This causes weight-related issues. Overeating results in excessive weight gain while not eating at all results in malnutrition, stomachaches and cramps.

3. Depression significantly aggravates the stress level. This has a negative impact on your cardiovascular system. High level of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline tightens the blood vessels and increases your heart rate. This can result in heart ailments. According to Harvard Medical School, people suffering from depression are likely to have a heart attack, chest pain or even a stroke.

4. People suffering from depression have weak immune system. When we sleep, immune system repairs itself. With the lack of deep sleep, your immune system won’t get the necessary time for healing and repairing. This makes it tough for them to fight infections . Even taking vaccinations won’t help as these vaccines will be less effective in controlling diseases.

5. Depression also affects your brain functioning. The change in the functions of the brain affects your body systems. For instance, abnormal functioning of brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin can change your feelings of pain which mean, you become more susceptible to physical pain especially back pain.

6. Depression also increases the risk of Type-2 Diabetes. People suffering from depression do not eat properly, skip exercise and indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle. If any depressed person already has diabetes, then his/her mental condition can restrict him/her from taking proper measures to control the disease. This only aggravates the situation.

7. If left untreated, depression can also cause the decline in brainpower. This is more severe in case of the elderly people. Depression can shrink various areas of the brain and increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

8. People with depression can also develop osteoporosis. Depression results in low bone mass and reduces the levels of calcium and other minerals for bone development.

Proper diagnosis is essential for controlling depression. If you are looking for good treatment for depression, then visit us. We provide specialised therapy for depression, under expert guidance and assure overall mental and physical well-being. Call us at +91 9051 680 953.

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