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Suicide Prevention 5: NGOs that are helping in suicide prevention

One World News continues its initiative for suicide prevention by naming the top 5 NGOs

In the continuation of our initiative for suicide prevention, today our article focuses on the NGOs that are working for the suicide prevention in India.

Here are some helpline numbers one should seek when having suicidal thoughts


AASRA is a crisis intervention center for the distressed, lonely, and suicidal. The organization aims to help, manage, and prevent mental illness by providing professional, voluntary, and essentially confidential care and support to people who are depressed or have suicidal thoughts. They have a 24X7 hour helpline number which can be contacted in cases of mental illness, emotional crisis, and feeling of hopelessness or helplessness. People who have lost someone due to suicide can also contact the helpline number – 9820466726. AASRA on its official website says that callers can phone in or meet their volunteers or even write for an empathetic, caring, and warm response.

2. Lifeline Foundation

Lifeline Foundation is an NGO (Non-Profit Organization) based in Kolkata which works for suicide prevention by running confidential and free tele-helplines for callers who are distressed, suicidal, or depressed. The NGO conducts regular programs on mental health awareness to shatter the stigma around the illness which is as common as any other disease. It also organizes seminars and workshops to raise awareness about mental health issues such as – depression, anxiety, trauma, exam-stress and more. The helpline number is – 033 24637401/7432.

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3. Sumaitri

It is a Delhi-based crisis prevention center for the people who have suicidal thoughts or those who are depressed. Sumaitri volunteers give a minimum of 5 hours a week from their professional/personal lives 365 days a year with no holidays. The voluntary organization has helped more than a lakh people through phone and visit. All the help provided is free and confidential and the anonymity of volunteers and calls is maintained. The notable thing about the NGO’s volunteers are that they do not get any honorarium, even travel allowance. The Helpline email is – and the contact number is 011- 23389090.

4. Saath

Saath is a voluntary organization, which provides livelihood services, health, and medical facilities, and impart skills leading to employment. The Saath: Suicide Prevention Centre wing of the NGO deals with suicidal and people, who are caught between the conflict of an urge to die and the will to live. They offer unconditional emotional support to people who are depressed, suicidal, or distressed. The center is run by volunteers, who are carefully selected and trained to handle the emotional need of people during a crisis. The helpline is available 365 days a week between 1 pm to 7 pm.

5. One Life

One Life calls itself as a Not for profit helpline for people who have suicidal tendencies and have given up on life. They help people of all age groups to overcome suicidal tendencies caused due to ill-health and chronic diseases, broken marriages, love failure, examination, legal issues, finances, and fear of social sanctions and cultural norms. Trained counselors of the organization provide timely guidance and the right emotional support to overcome the crisis. People needing help can contact for 24*7 hour support.

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