India has a devastatingly high suicide rate and this has lead to a series of NGOs and helplines offering their help, just a phone call away.
However, these helpline numbers doing rounds on social media don't usually help. Why? Because most helplines are unavailable, don't pick up or are busy for hours. Source: Washington Post
In order to figure out which ones are actually accessible and helpful, we decided to call a few. Here is a list of the ones that were quick to respond and offer help:
1. SAHAI -
080 25497777, 9886444075, available from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Monday to Saturday.
2. Snehi -
9582208181, available from 2PM to 6PM.
3. Lifeline Foundation -
033 24637401, 033 24637432, available from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM.
4. Saath -
91 7926305544, 91 7926300222, available from 1PM to 7PM.
5. Samaritans Mumbai -
022 64643267, 022 65653267, 022 65653247, available from 3 PM to 9 PM.
6. Connecting NGO -
91 9922001122, 18002094353, available from 2PM to 8PM.
7. COOJ Mental Health Foundation -
0832-2252525, available from 1PM to 7PM, Monday to Friday.
8. Maitreyi -
0413 2339999, available from 2PM to 8PM.
9. Mitram Foundation -
080 25722573, available from 10AM - 2PM, Monday to Saturday.
10. AASRA -
09820466726, available 24x7.
11. BMC mental health helpline -
022 24131212, available 24x7.
If you or someone you know are suffering from depression, suicidal thoughts, or just need someone to talk to, remember that help is just a phone call away.