Side Effects of Living

An Anthology of Voices on Mental Health

Edited by Jhilmil Breckenridge, Namarita Kathait

978-93-85606-20-5

Women Unlimited, New Delhi, 2019

Language: English

x+214 pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

Price INR 299.00
Book Club Price INR 209.00
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‘This book is beautiful and it is brave. We can only salute the courage with which all these writers have let us into their lives, to give us a glimpse into the multiple worlds of what we have described and stigmatized as mental illness. Read them.’ — JERRY PINTO, author Em and the Big Hoom and Murder in Mahim

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‘This book is beautiful and it is brave. We can only salute the courage with which all these writers have let us into their lives, to give us a glimpse into the multiple worlds of what we have described and stigmatized as mental illness. Read them.’ — JERRY PINTO, author Em and the Big Hoom and Murder in Mahim

There are different sizes of bodies. There are different shades of the mind. There are different states of mind in distress. Side Effects of Living presents the words and verses of survivors, writers, poets and artists, who are struggling with a mental condition or have watched their loved ones suffer. Through first-person life experiences and moving poetry, they attempt to destigmatise mental health issues, as they describe what happens when the mind gives in—or gives up. Why does it happen, and can we do anything about it?

Refreshingly honest, always uplifting, this collection urges us to reject the shame and blame that often accompanies mental illness.

Jhilmil Breckenridge

Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer and activist. She is the founder of Bhor Foundation. Her areas of work include mental health, domestic violence and trauma. She vociferously opposes forced psychiatry, supports the rights of persons with psychosocial disability and advocates for compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Breckenridge is currently working on her PhD in the UK.

Namarita Kathait

Namarita Kathait is a poet who performs spoken word poetry on stage. She has done her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster, UK, and English Literature from Delhi University. The co-founder of Bhor Foundation, she firmly believes in poetry’s power to heal. Her poems reflect on mental health, loneliness, and relationships in the digital age.