StoriesAsia Launches a Series on People’s Journeys with Mental Illness
(Part 1) Panic Attack: A Journalism Student Strikes Back
At least 150 million people in India are living with a psychological disorder, according to the latest figures by the country’s National Mental Health Survey. The actual number is estimated to be much higher, as the majority of the cases are not reported due to the stigma around and a lack of awareness about mental health. In any case, it’s not just about the numbers. Each person who is part of these faceless statistics has a story.
The first story in this series is of Shreya Teresita, who was struck by panic attacks when she was studying at Asian College of Journalism in the southern Indian city of Chennai a few years ago. We wanted to find out how her life’s journey has been since then, and what her life looks like now.
As we feature journeys of a few of the people behind the numbers, let’s talk about mental health until it’s no longer a taboo.
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Harshita Rathore is an independent journalist with StoriesAsia, a collective of freelance journalists in South and Southeast Asia.