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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Shelja Sen


Shelja Sen is a narrative therapist, writer, co-founder of Children First Institute of Child & Adolescent Mental Health. She is a TED speaker, an international faculty at Dulwich Centre, Adelaide, and Tutor at University of Melbourne. Her latest book is Reclaim Your Life.

Missing the woods for the trees
Sun, Jul 25, 2021

When it comes to mental health, are we asking the wrong questions and looking for solutions in the wrong places?

Love means never having to say goodbye
Sun, Jun 20, 2021

More than ever, we need stories of love now to help us grieve and heal collectively.

We are the Light in this Dark Tunnel
Sun, May 23, 2021

Human beings are not broken, the structures that are supposed to care and provide for us are shattered

Done being serious, time to get silly
Tue, Apr 27, 2021

Why radical playfulness alone can help us step out of the vicious echo chambers of our minds

Motherhood is not a race
Sat, Mar 27, 2021

Shame is deeply encoded in an implicit rule of worthiness assigned to every woman — be a good mother, otherwise you are worthless

Taking Lanes of Resistance over Highways of Success
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

A culture of hustle is pushing young people to ‘succeed at all cost’, making them evaluate their worth against social norms

Why the young woman needs to reclaim her body and how to go about doing it
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

A letter to young women on body diversity, body positivity and social justice

What is neurodiversity and where does it figure in the spectrum of social justice and human rights
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Working towards a just world, one that honours all kinds of minds, requires us to be and do better

What we want our parents to know
Sat, Nov 14, 2020

That they have got our back even when we mess up, that they’ll be there for us, no matter what

Tyranny of Obedience
Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Learning ought to be a disruptive and subversive process. Otherwise, it perpetuates proverbial bricks in the wall

How our children are not consumers but the products on sale on social media
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

Likes, shares, comments keep them engaged like zombies while their minds are speedily being colonised and harvested, by prompt ads and Instagram influencers promoting lavish lifestyles and looks

How different types of discrimination can overlap in our identities
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

This is why the personal is political and why everyday acts of micro resistance matter

Imagine: Why it’s time to stand up to anxiety
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

It speaks with such conviction, using our thoughts and our brain to work against us until, unwittingly, we are recruited as its voice

Mental health is a collective responsibility: The person is not the problem
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

Imagine: We have created the toxic society in which young people are struggling to survive.

Kindness is our hope in the post-COVID-19 world
Sun, May 31, 2020

It is easy to forget in a crisis, but being kind to each other is what has helped the human species survive over two millennia

Talking About Consent with Young Boys
Sat, May 16, 2020

There are no greys in affirmative consent -- it is black and white.

Imagine: Are our children safe at home?
Sat, May 02, 2020

The memories of the pandemic will stay in our children's memory banks forever. The question to all the parents is, 'What deposits are we making?'

Let’s imagine a brave new world: What is your Zihuatanejo?
Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Keeping the overwhelming tragedy aside, maybe COVID might help us to dream of a brave new world – our very own Zihuatanejo where we can let go of the memory of our stale old world which had literally started rotting and stinking.

Corona panic: Courage is not a trait or a quality; it is a practice 
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

Imagine: It reminded me of A Letter to the UK from Italy by the writer Francesca Melnadri, “Old resentments and falling-outs will seem irrelevant. You will call people you had sworn never to talk to ever again, so as to ask them: ‘How are you doing?’"

Love in the time of corona
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

The question to ask is not “what if” the virus strikes, but “so what”? The damage will be irretrievable but maybe it will leave us stronger, wiser and more grateful for what we have.

Love in the time of Corona: Let’s appreciate tiny things to be grateful for
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Imagine: The families that I have met have talked about how they are doing things they had forgotten brought them so much joy – goofing around with their children without any agenda, spending time in nature.

Imagine: The tyranny of being social and outgoing
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

Preference for solitude and quiet is a way of being and not an illness. Many times, through repeated messages that we give an introverted child, he might become shy as he starts thinking something is wrong with him and therefore fears social rejection.

When home becomes the most dangerous place for the child
Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Imagine: Violence towards children is culturally sanctioned, especially when it is at the hands of the parents. This usually comes with a convenient justification: “They know what is best for them”

Imagine: Dear students, here are 7 tips to rock your exams
Thu, Feb 06, 2020

Despite all the fuss made about exams, remember they do not define you or the rest of your life.

Imagine: Is society’s idea of success harming our children?
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

The idea of success is hugely problematic when from an early age, we are recruiting our children into believing that there is one right way to live their life.