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First Class of Global Mental Health Graduates

Last weekend marked the commencement of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s first cohort of Global Mental Health MSc graduates. Amidst our “woops” and hollering, 13 of the 18 graduates accepted their diplomas on stage at the Graduate Institute of Education Saturday afternoon.

Sitting among rows of black…

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Learning to Sit

At LSHTM, research methods are an integral part of the curriculum. Most MSc courses require you to learn at least the fundamentals of statistics, epidemiology, qualitative interviewing. My “Research Design and Analysis” module taught everything from data collection strategies to how to write a logistics plan. But there’s one…

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It’s all about the summer project

After the exams, my life suddenly changes. No longer do I have a strict routine of classes and revision. There is no need to go into school each day, even if I, like lots of other students, find a reason. Officially, we should all be now making a start on…

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Global. Mental. Health.

It was our first day of the first class of the world’s first Master’s-level program in global mental health. Needless to say, we had a lot of questions. But the question I remember most clearly did not come from any of the students. It was from our…

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“Take it to the pub, gentlemen.”

Last September twenty students from around the world enrolled in the first Global Mental Health (GMH) MSc, a Master’s-level course taught jointly by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College Institute of Psychiatry. For the first few weeks, our visiting lecturers would begin…

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Amidst Leopards and Tigers

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi

If you ever find yourself in India, I would strongly recommend coming out to Nagpur and spending some time here – perhaps use…

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For Everything Else, There’s Charades

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

The other day I was in Nirmala’s, a local grocery store, holding a piece of paper on which I…

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PhD = Procrastination + hallucination + Dissertation

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“PhD = Procrastination + hallucination + Dissertation.” Or so it said on a handout I received from the LSHTM on my first day…

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The Accidental Vegan

“The power to question is the basis of all human progress.” – Indira Gandhi

Before diving into the ensuing narratives and reflections, I should warn you of my somewhat unorthodox documentary habits. I will chronicle my experiences continually throughout the week, but due to a combination of endless work, crummy Internet…

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Journey to the Heart of India

HEART OF INDIA

On the 2nd of April I arrived in Nagpur, the geographic centre of India, to begin work on the VISHRAM (VIdarbha Stress and Health progRAM) pilot study, and it being my first trip to the country, I was not altogether certain of what to expect. Looking back…

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