Mental health was and is a cliche in major parts of the world. Comparatively, it seems a little less difficult to seek and get help now. But where and how to get help is something most people can’t figure out.

Here is a list of contacts where one can get a free telephonic counselling session. Just pouring your heart out can bring major changes in many cases. Knowing that a pair of ears are listening to you is in itself a comfort seat. If this list helps at least one human to put their pieces together, we would be grateful.

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India:

  • 14410 – Helpline by Health Department Central Government
    Fortis Exam Helpline – +918376804102 The Fortis National Helpline number is for students or parents with queries related to stress, mental well being, exam tips or even to consult a team of experts and behavioral psychologists. This is functional 24 X 7
  • iCALL – 022-25521111 iCall is a service from TISS, run by trained mental health professionals. iCALL provides emotional support, information and referral services to individuals in psycho-social distress, across the life span and across different gender and sexual identities. MONDAY TO SATURDAY, 8 AM – 10 PM
  • PARIVARTHAN Counselling, Training and Research Center – 080- 65333323 Providing multi modal services in the field of mental health, this Helpline is serviced by trained, professional counsellors. 4 PM – 10 PM, MON – FRI
  • Sahai – 080-25497777 This helpline is a service provided by Medico Pastoral Association (MPA) and is run by trained active volunteers. If any caller requires face to face counselling, they are referred to MPA counsellors who are fully trained. 10 AM- 8 PM MONDAY TO SATURDAY
  • Sumaitri – 011-23389090 / FEELINGSUICIDAL@SUMAITRI.NET A crisis intervention center for the depressed, distressed and suicidal. The Helpline provides unconditional and unbiased emotional support to callers, visitors or those who write in. 2 PM- 10 PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY; 10 AM – 10 PM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
  • AASRA – 022-27546669 / AASRAHELPLINE@YAHOO.COM Working in the area of mental health, and providing emotional support AASRA offers a helpline service and walk-in center. The Helpline is answered by professionally trained volunteers who provide non-judgmental and non-critical listening. Works 24 HOURS.
  • Sneha – 044-24640050 (24 HOURS) / 044-24640060 8 AM – 10 PM / HELP@SNEHAINDIA.ORG A suicide prevention organisation that offers emotional support for the depressed, desperate and the suicidal.
  • Lifeline – LIFELINEKOLKATA@GMAIL.COM – 033-24637401 / 033-24637432 Lifeline offers a free tele-helpline providing emotional support to people who are in despair, depressed or suicidal. Face to face befriending with prior appointment is also available. 10 AM – 6 PM
  • COOJ Mental Health Foundation – 0832-2252525 / YOUMATTERBYCOOJ@GMAIL.COM This helpline offers emotional support individuals dealing with suicidal thoughts, as well as those experiencing other levels of distress. It is run by volunteers trained in Mindfulness Based Active Listening. 3 AM – 7 PM, MONDAY – SATURDAY
  • Vandrevala Foundation – 1860-266-2345 / 1800-233-3330 / HELP@VANDREVALAFOUNDATION.COM This organization is run by trained counsellors and is 24×7 available.
  • Roshni – +9140 – 6620 2000 / 6620 2001 /+914066202000 They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include depression, distress and suicide 11AM – 9 PM ,MONDAY-SATURDAY
  • Connecting NGO – 1800-843-4353 They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include awareness and psycho education programs. 2 PM – 8 PM MONDAY- SATURDAY
  • Samaritans Mumbai – +91 84229 84528 / +91 84229 84529 / +84229 84530 / TALK2SAMARITANS@GMAIL.COM They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include depression, suicide and stress. They are available on email, phone and in-person free services. 3 PM – 9 PM, MONDAY TO SUNDAY
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United Kingdom:

  • Mind helpline – 0300 123 3393
    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines
  • The Samaritans – 116 123
    https://www.samaritans.org/

Australia:

  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
    https://www.lifeline.org.au/about-lifeline/contact-us
  • Beyond Blue -1300 22 4636
    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/about-us/contact-us
  • Suicide callback service – 1300 659 467
    https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/
  • The MindSpot Clinic – 1800 61 44 34
    https://mindspot.org.au/
  • Kids Helpline | Phone Counselling Service | 1800 55 1800
    https://kidshelpline.com.au/
  • Headspace
    www.headspace.org.au

South Africa:

South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) Helplines:

  • Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0800 567 567
  • 24hr Substance Abuse Helpline: 0800 12 13 14
  • Mental Health Helplines: 0800 456 789/ 0800 21 22 23/ SMS 31393 www.sadag.org

All these helplines keep patient details completely confidential. In times like these, even a tiny glitch in our mental status need to be addressed. Hope this list helps.