The Rebirth

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Have you ever seen anyone who has born twice in a lifetime? No, I am not talking about any magic or spiritual miracle but of an incident that makes me feel happy and content of being a part of an organization that makes a difference in many people’s lives. Today I came to know about a person who believes that he has born twice and he celebrates his Rebirth at Antara Psychiatric Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre every year.

A few years back in the month of June, he got admitted at Antara’s Addiction Ward and from that day his life took a turning point.  Slowly he got over his addiction and started a new life. So according to him, it was his rebirth.

When he was in addiction he almost lost everything- his career, family, financial status, health, etc.  He regained all these after gaining sobriety over addiction. He is now running his own business and leading a happy and successful life.

So each year on a special date of June (the day he got admitted to Antara) he comes to ANTARA  to celebrate his Rebirth and he shares his experience with the inmates currently undergoing treatment in the Addiction Unit.

If you or your loved one is suffering from drug addiction, do seek help because recovery is possible. Just step forward and seek help because life is not meant to be spent on addiction.

Are you a recovering addict? Have you recovered from addiction? You can share your story with us. We need people who can inspire others to quit addiction.

What’s your story? If you want your story of recovery to be uploaded in our blog, then mail us at-

Our team will review your story and if it got approved, we will post it in our blog. If you don’t want to disclose your identity, we will maintain confidentiality for sure.



This blog has been Written by-
Ms. Shatabdi Datta
 *Disclaimer:- The opinion expressed in the blog is the opinion of the writer & not necessarily the opinion of ANTARA Organization.

Are you planning to have a baby?


Are you planning to have a baby?

Make sure you are not affecting your fertility potential and the chances of having a healthy baby by smoking tobacco. If you are a smoker, you are decreasing the chances of being a father/mother by yourself. Tobacco consumption damages the reproduction system and causes infertility.

Now-a-days smoking has become trend for both men and women. Men who smoke have lower sperm count, on the other hand women who smoke have the higher risk of early menopause and a significant lower rate of fertility potential. So if you are trying to conceive, stop smoking right away and try to keep the smokers away from you.

If you are married for long and willing to become a father but this is not happening, you may count your act of smoking as a reason of that.

Why should your spouse, family or friends suffer for your misconduct??

Yes, I repeat – ‘misconduct’. Smoking is misconduct because by doing this you are not only harming yourself but the other persons around you.

Secondary/passive smoking is the inhalation of smoke of Tobacco smoked by others. The chemicals of cigarette smoke remains in the air for long time. So even secondary smoking by a pregnant mother increases the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth.

A person who is exposed to secondary smoking may develop asthma, lung infection; cardiovascular problems, coughing, nausea etc. Eye-sight may get adversely affected.

Quitting may seem hard at first but the cravings will get easier with the passing of time.

Make a promise/commitment to yourself – “I will not harm myself and my family by smoking. So I am quitting cigarette and all sorts of tobacco for good”.
If you want to beat the cravings you need to keep the promise that you have made to yourself.

Even if you are blessed with a child, by abstaining yourself from smoking you can set a good example to your children for not to smoke.

On World No Tobacco Day let’s take a pledge to quit smoking and to stay away from all sorts of tobacco use.


This blog has been Written by-
Ms. Shatabdi Datta

 *Disclaimer:- The opinion expressed in the blog is the opinion of the writer & not necessarily the opinion of ANTARA Organization.


Importance of Mental Health to achieve Life Goals!

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This is 21st Century. We are all busy all the time. We have to chase different targets & goals that have been set by the modern society. If we don’t perform well, we will be out of the race.

What you think are the crucial factors to win the race?

–Passion? Motivation? Dedication? Knowledge? Skills? Hard work?

— All the above are important provided that you are physically and mentally fit.

Unless you are mentally fit, in-spite of having all the required skills, motivation and hard work, you won’t be able to perform well.

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Mental Health is important to achieve life goals


There is no achievement without goals,

Mental focus is required to achieve the goals,

You cannot focus well unless you are mentally fit,

Therefore, Mental Health is crucial to achieving the goals!!                          

Mental Health is as important as physical health. Mentally healthy people can do more creative things, can enjoy achievements more and perform better in all aspects of life.


This blog has been written by-

Ms. Shatabdi Datta
 *Disclaimer:- The opinion expressed in the blog is the opinion of the writer & not necessarily the opinion of ANTARA Organization.


“Freedom from Addiction”: A Slogan, A Motive, An Attempt-by ANTARA!!


What is Addiction?
Addiction means being addicted to a particular substance or activity.

Is Addiction a Disease or a choice?

Addiction is a brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use. So in spite of knowing about the side effects of addiction, addicted people cannot stop using it. So they need to get professional help.

There is an argument on whether Addiction is a choice or a disease. Those who supports that addiction is a choice, says that – the person himself/herself decides to start taking the drugs so it is a choice rather than a disease.

You might have seen many people who are using alcohol or cigarette occasionally for many years but they are not dependent on that i.e., they are not addicted to the substance. But a few people get addicted quite easily. The reason is that a few people have a biological predisposition to addiction. So they are more vulnerable to addiction. So once they start taking drugs it might be quite difficult for them to quit. They might not quit addiction without professional help. Motivation is a crucial factor to quit addiction. Medical Professionals can help you, counsel you but if you cooperate with them and if you have the motivation to quit, recovery could be faster.

Be it a disease or a choice but the fact is that addiction harms you as well as your loved ones also. You never know whether you have a biological predisposition to addiction or not. So why take a risk?? Prevention is better than cure-we all know that. So let’s not begin taking any kind of drugs.

Ask yourself these questions-

Can addiction help me build my Career?

Can it help my family to stay happy? Can it bring smile in the face of my loved ones?

Can it help make my relationship stronger?

Can it help my ill family member to recover?


But think if you can refrain yourself from addiction what positive things could happen!

You may focus more on your career, you may enjoy happy moments with your family, your relationship could get better if you give time to your partner rather than wasting time in drug abuse, your ill family member might not become a passive smoker and thus might not have to face additional health issues.

Life is short and there are lots of things to learn, lots of fun to do, lots of work to do, lots of milestones to achieve!! So go ahead and live your life! Don’t waste your precious time in drug abuse!!

Antara is always thriving to make the world a drug-free zone. We observed a month long awareness programme on “Freedom from Addiction’’ in the month of March 2018. A variety of awareness programmes were held. Inauguration of the programme was done differently. Rather than lighting a lamp [as we usually do], the programme was inaugurated by burning some drugs as a symbol of ‘Saying Good-Bye to Addiction’. All the participants present there asserted together that they will never take drugs again.

During the month-long programme we targeted small to medium groups and educated them through Seminars, Awareness Campaigns, Interactive Sessions, Social Media etc about the risk factors of Addiction and tried to motivate them to refrain themselves and their loved ones from Addiction.

Internet Addiction is rapidly increasing worldwide. Students are more vulnerable to this addiction and as a result their attendance and marks both are deteriorating. So  Antara conducted an awareness programme on “Internet-Use & Abuse”, where School Students were the target group.

In a programme we invited a Support Group (AA) to interact with our IPD patients [De-addiction Unit].

We invited local Club Members in an Interactive Session. We got active participation from them and got some suggestion that could be utilized in future.

On day-28th [29.03.2018], a team of Mental Health Professionals visited the Red light Area of Sonagachi of Kolkata City and interacted with the children and adolescents. It was really a good experience to spend a quality time with those children and adolescents of the area and to educate them about the dangers of addiction.

The month-long programme “Freedom from Addiction” concluded on 31st March 2018, with an Awareness Programme titled- “Challenges faced by Youth”.

We covered a variety of target groups in the Awareness Campaigns. Few of them are- School Students, Engineering Students, Nursing Students, IPD Patients of Antara, Clients and their Care- givers, Clients of Noorpur Satellite Clinic, OPD Patients of Antara, Psychology Students, Youth Group of Baruipur- Sonarpur Locality, Local Councillors, Group Members of Care & support Programme of Antara etc.

We are happy to share the experience of our journey with you.

This blog has been Written by-
Ms. Shatabdi Datta 

 *Disclaimer:- The opinion expressed in the blog is the opinion of the writer & not necessarily the opinion of ANTARA Organization.







On Sharing Your Battles with Depression

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Why do we talk about our wars against depression after we’ve come out of it? We could begin while we are still in battle.

“Why would they want to hear my sad stories without a pinch of hope?”

“They say things will always get better in the end, so should I not pay much attention to what I’m going through?”

“What if I’m asked to take things a little more lightly – take a chill pill – and feel guilty about having these feelings?”

“What proof do I have about my condition apart from words – words that won’t even reach my lips?”

“What if I become a burden and hurt them?”
A depressed person might often have these things on mind. But beyond these worries ultimately is a person who wants to come out and accept their condition to pave the way for treatment. Social stigma, though, is an unfortunately common barrier.

It’s often hard as a receiver to comprehend your friend’s troubles with understanding. If they seem wrapped in their own sadness, what part do you believe and what is exaggerated? And can we really judge this? Should we at all? It’s often felt that once our friend reverts back to an ‘acceptable’ form that she might begin to talk about it objectively.

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The Addiction to Bohemia

Antara had held a drawing competition sometime back for its recovering patients. Most people had drawn what they saw around campus everyday – orchards, the greenhouse, and their friends strolling on a windy morning.

However, one individual’s artwork had caught my eye particularly – he’d deviated from the given theme, and seemed to be furiously scribbling what seemed like a maze onto his A4 sheet. Continue reading

Recovering Patience : An Introduction

How exactly do you talk to someone in recovery?

The first thing that strikes the average person’s mind when they hear words like ‘psychiatric hospital’, ‘rehabilitation’, and ‘de-addiction centre’, are images of hysterical patients behind bars, and the sound of muffled, sedated screams.

Quite the disturbing stereotype.

It is a given, that when patients first come in with severe symptoms into a clinical environment, they might react sharply. Continue reading

“You can Win if you have the Will!”


“You can Win if you have the Will!”

On 25th September 2019, there was a get together at Antara Personal Growth and Development unit to congratulate our very own Jayanta Da (a member of Antara Personal Growth & Development Unit) on completion of his Master’s Degree in English Literature with excellent marks.


CEO Mr. M.Thomas John, Nursing Superintendent Ms. Poulami Dutta, Asst. to CEO Mr. Nobin Samuel, Dr. Sanmitra Dasgupta, Ms. Gargee Singh (Incharge of the unit) and a few other staff along with Jayanta’s fellow members were present to share the happiness.
Jayanta joined ANTARA Personality Growth & Development Unit three years back. When he got admitted to Antara he was going through a mental health crisis. After recovering from the crisis, he was advised to join Antara Personality Growth & Development Unit. Since then he is a member of this unit and he actively participates in different cultural programmes as well. Now he is doing quite well and he is thankful to ANTARA, especially to Personality Growth & Development Unit for the care, support and inspiration he has received.
This is a proud moment for all of us at ANTARA.
We wish Jayanta all success in life.
Three Cheers to Antara Personality Growth & Development Unit.

This Blog has been written by-
Ms. Shatabdi Datta

Feathers of Delight

What a thought!

Journey of creative enlightenment


Feathers are part of wings and they need to be light , these I found during my morning walk , first the small one than the bigger one .

Pigeons shed their feathers which are not necessary to remain light .

Similarly thoughts need to be light and they must give our wings of success a small flight and later on a bigger flight which should be our soul delight.

we should learn from pigeons to shed extra burden of information load and their fight in our brain.

review yourself if you are  carrying ego feathers or easy feathers ?

love all.

(c) ram H singhal

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What do you do to relax your mind?

open book.jpgAfter the long tiring day at the office, what you do to relax your mind?

Majority of you will say that you use social media as a means of relaxation. Isn’t it?
But for using social media you need to concentrate on the screen again.
So are you really relaxing your mind and your eyes?
It may sound a bit offbeat to the young adults but reading a book (hard copy) can really relax your mind. It won’t harm your eyes as well because books do not release rays.

So if your eyes are tired and your mind too, then give it a thought to read a book. You can use your phone while reading as well. How?

Go offline and use your Smartphone as a paperweight until you finish reading. 🙂 🙂


This blog has been written by-

Ms. Shatabdi Datta
 *Disclaimer:- The opinion expressed in the blog is the opinion of the writer & not necessarily the opinion of ANTARA Organization.

We Help the Child Blossom

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Play therapy helps to decrease the behavioural & emotional difficulties that obstruct a child’s normal functioning and help the child freely express their repressed thoughts. It helps children to learn self-control, to modify behavioural problems and to develop problem-solving skills.
Six months back a Six years old girl was brought to Antara Child Guidance Clinic with complaints of inattention in classrooms, speech articulation difficulties and spontaneous coughing for no reason. She was then referred to the Group Play Therapy Unit at Antara Child Guidance Clinic.
The girl who was poor in both verbal and non-verbal communication and not showing any interest in mixing with others became able to communicate well with others after attending 10 Play Therapy Sessions at ANTARA.
According to our Play Therapists, she was not playing in the group rather she was interested to play alone in the beginning. But now not only she plays with her playmates but also maintains group rules while attending the play sessions.
“She is managing well in social gatherings and Birthday Celebrations. Her bonding with us also improved. She improved a lot on speech articulation and she had overcome her behavioural backlogs as well. Six months back the school authorities called us because of her social behaviour and serious problems in her verbal and non-verbal communication and they suggested making arrangement for psychological interventions for her to cope with classroom activities. After six months they again called us but this time there was no complaint rather there was highly positive feedback from the school authority on her overall progress”- her father conveyed.
There are lots of such cases at ANTARA where Play Therapy helped the child to resolve psychosocial challenges and to cope with associated difficulties.
So, if you are looking for Play Therapy services in Kolkata, ANTARA Hospital is among the best Play Therapy Centres located in Kolkata-India where your child will get the best possible care and support.
You may contact us at:
Phone: 033-2437-8484/0593/ 9038844124
We would be happy to help your child.


This blog has been written by-
Ms. Shatabdi Datta

Cannabis and Mental Illness

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The general public was beating him brutally as he was caught red-handed vandalizing the house of a local person in Baruipur. “What was his motive? Where he came from? Who sent him?”- these were the questions that forced the local people to start beating him. But he couldn’t say anything. Someone called the police and he was then rescued by the local Police. His name is Sahidul, a resident of Murshidabad district of West Bengal who came to Baruipur from Murshidabad by walking! He shared these details when he started feeling better after initial treatment. He was brought to ANTARA by the local police after they rescued him from the public who were beating him not knowing the fact that he is suffering from psychiatric illness.

44 years old Sahidul used to work as a labour in Murshidabad. “Everything was going well before he started taking cannabis. He started cannabis intake 10-11 years back and since then he has been facing some mental issues”-his wife asserted.

On 01.07.2019 we handed over Sahidul to his wife and son-in-law.

There might be more Sahiduls who are spoiling their life by cannabis intake. There is a deep relation between cannabis intake and mental illness. So here is a message to everyone to keep away from cannabis or any sorts of drug abuse.

This blog has been Written by-
Ms. Shatabdi Datta
 *Disclaimer:- The opinion expressed in the blog is the opinion of the writer & not necessarily the opinion of ANTARA Organization.

Gadgets vs. Nature


A few days back I got a call from my cousin sister that she was coming over to our place. As per the plan, they arrived at our place. Her daughter was super excited to see me. She literally loves her ‘Mimi’ (Aunty) i.e., Me. J  But the weather was just oppressively hot that day. So we decided to spend time at home only. The positive thing is that in spite of being in a city, we have a lot of space in our courtyard. So we didn’t have to confine inside the room for the whole day. I and my sister met after a long time, so our conversation was going on and on. I noticed that my four years old niece was playing with her mother’s Smartphone for a long time. I was eager to know what she is doing with the Smartphone for long! I asked my sister what her girl knows about Smartphone. ‘She can play with this for the whole day’-She smiled and replied. I was surprised to see that she is happy that her child is staying inside and playing with the gadgets allowing her to concentrate less on her.

If I had not worked in the field of mental health, I would have thought that too. I insisted both of them to go outside and play in the courtyard. But the little one was unwilling to play in the mud. My sister narrated- “Let her play in the varanda rather than the mud. It’s dirty’.

 Sometimes parents’ fear also keeps kids away from nature (fear of dirt or germs, fear of insects etc).  We blame our kids for playing a long time with electronic gadgets. But what other option we are providing them?

 Early exposure to microbes present in the soil can help kids become stronger and disease-resistant. 

I tried to convince her. After a long conversation and rapid crossfire of words, she allowed her child to play in the mud. Now it was time to convince my little niece. A strong feeling of fear about dirt was working on her mind. So I failed to convince her. The next day I planned to play a game in front of her that we used to play in our childhood, i.e., ‘Kumir-danga’. This game needs to be played on an uneven surface. One player has to act as ‘Kumir’ (Crocodile) and the rest need to stand on high ground or ‘Danga’. The person acting as Kumir had to catch another player when he/she came down from the high surface. Whoever was caught has to swap place with the crocodile. So this is really a fun game. Other players keep prompting the crocodile that he is unable to catch them.

I, my sister and two kids of my neighbour started playing the game. We showed how much fun it is to play outdoor games. ‘Ridhi’-my niece, suddenly came to the courtyard and asked me to take her in the game.  ‘But it is dirty outside and you don’t like mud right?’-I replied. She started crying and repeatedly requested us to involve her in our game. So that’s how my little niece got in touch with nature for the first time. I showed her how to make pots with mud. Obviously, she won’t get the opportunity to do this in her flat but at least her fear of dirt has gone. The child, who was not willing to touch mud, is now playing with it. I was so happy seeing that. Believe me, no Smartphone, iPad, laptop or video games could bring that smile on her face that we encountered that day. My cousin sister now allows her child to play in the mud without hesitation. There is a Park near their Flat. She tries to visit the park with Ridhi whenever possible.

Do your children also spend much time indoor? Are they too busy playing with electronic gadgets and reluctant to talk or play with others?

Try to make them curious about nature. Motivate them to play outside.

Visit Eco-friendly Parks where you can breathe in fresh air rather than visiting Malls. Plants play a vital role in the purification of air. So if you are a city-dweller, living in an Apartment, you should try to grow a few plants wherever there is space. Let your child get some fresh air. Don’t hesitate to allow your child to play in the mud.

This blog has been Written by-
Ms. Shatabdi Datta
 *Disclaimer:- The opinion expressed in the blog is the opinion of the writer & not necessarily the opinion of ANTARA Organization.

Article published by Anandabazar Patrika on 04.06.2019 about ANTARA Hospital

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Article published by Anandabazar Patrika on 04.06.2019. Story of Sunil and a few other homeless mentally ill patients and how they get reunited with their families with the help of ANTARA has been depicted here.


sulekha2.jpgSmt. Sulekha Mahato, 58 years, Ranibandh, Bankura District, West Bengal was supposed to visit her Father’s house and return in a few days. But there was no trace of her for almost two months. Her sons searched for her in all relatives’ houses but no success.
Finally the West Bengal Police knocked on their door with a message from ANTARA HOSPITAL.
Their mother is in Antara Hospital rescued from the streets and admitted by the police. She is now well-enough to return home.
On Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 her son came to ANTARA and took her home.
Another happy episode in the journey of ANTARA!

Home-coming after 20 years!

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Sunil got missing from home in his 20’s. After 20 years ANTARA reunited him with his family on 18.03.2019. His family members almost lost all hopes of getting him back. When his father was informed by Jharkhand Police that Sunil has been found in ANTARA Hospital, Kolkata, his father was happy and surprised at the same time. Sunil got missing from his residence at Jharkhand almost 20 years back. No one knows where he spent a major part of his life. No one knows how he came to Kolkata.

It was 12.02.2019 when West Bengal Police brought Sunil to ANTARA. They found him roaming around the streets and decided to give him shelter. ANTARA was the first name that came to their mind and they brought him here.

According to his father, Sunil was mildly mentally retarded since childhood. Affordable mental health facility was not available at their place. So they never tried to do his treatment.

Self-muttering, self-smiling, not maintaining daily activities, poor personal hygiene and wandering tendency were the symptoms that we found in him. We started his treatment once he got admitted here. After a few days of treatment, he responded well and started giving more information.  He told us that his house is at Vill-Mukrudih, Jharkhand. ANTARA Team then contacted with Jharkhand police and with the help of them we got to reach his family.

On 18.03.2019 Sunil’s father, relatives and neighbours came to collect him from ANTARA. One of his relatives said that they raised funds to come to Kolkata by car and all the neighbours and relatives of Sunil are awaiting his arrival at home.

This blog has been Written by-
Ms. Shatabdi Datta
 *Disclaimer:- The opinion expressed in the blog is the opinion of the writer & not necessarily the opinion of ANTARA Organization.



Ms. Sujata Adhikary is the only earning member of the family. As her elder sister, Jharna has been separated, she stays with Sujata along with her child.

Jharna is 40 and suffering from mental illness. Frequent mood swings, aggressiveness, irrelevant talk, reduced sleep and appetite etc were the symptoms of Mrs. Jharna Sanpui, resident of a slum in Kolkata. When her daughter and sister came to receive her from ANTARA we got to know from them that she got missing from home one month back after a quarrel with her mother. They said whenever she got into a fight she used to leave home. But this time she was missing for a month.  They said she is very demanding and used to take tobacco.

On 17.02.2019 West Bengal Police from Baruipur Thana brought her to ANTARA. After a few days of treatment, she started giving information about her home and family members. Although the address she provided was of her in-laws’ place. But our team of social workers managed to find out her home and informed her family that Ms. Jharna is being treated at ANTARA.

On 12.03.2019 Ms. Sujata Adhikary (Sister of Jharna), and Ms. Puja Poria (Daughter of Jharna) came and received Jharna from ANTARA.

As their financial condition is very poor, ANTARA gave them a 100 percent concession on her treatment cost.

ANTARA always strives to help such needy patients.

You may help us to help such persons.

All donations to ANTARA are exempted from Income Tax u/s 80G.

For further query contact us at- 033-2437-8484/0593/0439


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This blog has been Written by-
Ms. Shatabdi Datta
 *Disclaimer:- The opinion expressed in the blog is the opinion of the writer & not necessarily the opinion of ANTARA Organization.