Herculean Labour – Romanticising Struggle Last week, I walked in to work feeling exhausted, with bags under my eyes and a cup of coffee to help me get through the morning. While scrolling through social media, I came across quotes such as ‘Your scars make you beautiful’, ‘You have to power through this, and […]
I always thought that taking some time off post my Master’s would be a good idea; I had no intention of hunting for a job anytime soon. So, when I had a serendipitous meeting with the Founder & CEO of Adveka Foundation at a tobacco de-addiction workshop in August 2016, and she stated that she […]
Devika doesn’t have many memories of happiness and laughter with her mother. Ever since Yamuna was diagnosed with dementia about four years ago, and Devika became her primary caregiver, their troubled relationship has increasingly put them in adversarial roles.
“When my mother started becoming forgetful and absentminded, I initially put it down to her old age,” Devika* remembers. After all, Yamuna* was then over 70 years old. “But some of the incidents that happened as a result of her absentmindedness were quite alarming. Once, she switched on the gas, and forgot to turn it […]
It is said that in life you don’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you will find that you always get what you need. My experience with Adveka Foundation was one such happy coincidence.
Adveka Foundation was established in October 2015 with the goal of working towards promoting mental health and wellbeing in every section of the society, eradicating the stigma and shame attached to mental illness, and advocating and facilitating uniform accessibility to mental health services for people from all economic backgrounds, gender and religion. In the year […]
“Listening to other caregivers’ stories made me realize I wasn’t alone.”
It has already been a year since Adveka Foundation began working to promote awareness about mental health, and to ensure uniform access to mental health services for people from all sections of society.
A few months ago, I read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. The book is about a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide and leaves behind a series of tapes explaining why she did what she did. She sends these tapes out to the people she feels are the reason behind her decision to […]