I am Tanmoy Goswami, a therapy-going, pill-popping mental-health writer based in New Delhi, India. Until recently, I worked as the world’s first Sanity correspondent at The Correspondent, an ad-free, reader-funded, transnational media platform headquartered in Amsterdam, where I wrote about the politics, economics, and culture of mental health.
Mental health wasn’t always part of my plan. In an earlier avatar, I spent over a decade in business editing and reporting. I was associate editor of ET Prime, a subscribers-only business news offering from India’s largest pink paper, The Economic Times. I also headed the desk at Fortune’s Indian edition, where I won the IE Business School’s Prize for Economic Journalism in Asia.
Prior to that, I was the youngest managing editor of The Smart Manager, a magazine co-founded by a former dean of Harvard Business School, and the founding managing editor of Innowin, India’s first magazine dedicated to innovation.
I left behind a settled career path to work full time in mental health, driven primarily by my own two-decade experience of living with depression, anxiety, and self-harm, and a close view of mental illness and suicide in my personal circle.
More recently, I have found motivation in parenthood. My country has the world’s largest youth population, but it is also the country where suicide is the biggest killer of young people. I want to use my storytelling skills to help build a better, safer world for our children.
In my personal time, I am an advisor to a pioneering initiative to rate the quality of suicide reporting in India’s English newspapers. I also appear on anti-stigma podcasts and panels and deliver related workshops for journalists, students, and corporate professionals.
Alongside, I am writing a book on the mental health movement in India (PenguinRandomHouse, 2021); co-authoring a paper on suicide prevention in India for The Lancet Psychiatry; and contributing to a book on leadership lessons from Covid-19 (Routledge UK, 2021).
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