Did you know, that the majority of people living with mental illnesses, are functioning members of society?

Meet Samay, Huafrid, Shivalika and Minnati. Each come from different walks of life, but share a common thread of persevering thorough mental illness. Through education, family support, self care and treatment, they have each learned to navigate their journey with mental illness, while being highly contributing members of society. 

Nearly 1 in 7 people, live with mental illness in India. Several barriers, including limited awareness, resources and social stigma, lead to a large majority of these illnesses being left untreated. Each time an individual falls ill in to the depths of a mental illness, it becomes more difficult and challenging to restore an optimum level of functionality. With awareness, understanding and appropriate care, it is possible to lead a functional life. Lets help our friends, colleagues, neighbours, sisters and brothers get the help that is available. We need your voices.  And we need your ears. #RISEUP, share your story and inspire others to seek the help where it is needed.

Share Your Story riseup@mindsfoundation.org


If you’re experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.

What should I do if I’m supporting someone in a crisis?
If the person seems really unwell, and you are worried about their safety, you should encourage them to seek help.

United States

If you need support right now, call:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255,
The Trevor Project (LGBT crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline, 24/7) at 1-866-488-7386
Reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

If you are hard of hearing, you can chat with a Lifeline counselor 24/7 by clicking the Chat button on this page, or you can contact the Lifeline via TTY by dialing 800-799-4889

To speak to a crisis counselor in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454

If you are a veteran (or your loved one is a veteran), you can reach the Veterans Crisis Line by calling  1-800-273-8255 and Pressing 1. You can also send a text to 838255

United Kingdom

Samaritans
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Email:jo@samaritans.org
Website:www.samaritans.org

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Mind Infoline
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Website: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines

Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday)
Email: online contact form
Website: http://www.rethink.org/about-us/our-mental-health-advice

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England.

Saneline
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Website:www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helpline
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.

The Mix
Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
Email: Helpline email form
Crisis Support: Text ‘THEMIX’ to 85258.
Website: www.themix.org.uk/get-support

The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix’s support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.

ChildLine
Telephone: 0800 1111
Website: www.childline.org.uk

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything – no problem is too big or too small. 

Elefriends
Website: http://elefriends.org.uk/

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself.
If you’re a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Carers Trust, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.

India

The MINDS Foundation
You can reach us directly via call or WhatsApp at +919033837227  24 hours a day, 7 days a week. E-mail us at info@mindsfoundation.org

The Samaritans Mumbai – 022 6464 3267, 022 6565 3267, 022 6565 3247. Email: samaritans.helpline@gmail.com 

Sikkim – 221152, Police Control Room, Gangtok 

Thanal – 0495 237 1100, E-mail – thanal.calicut@gmail.com 

Lifeline Foundation – +91 33 24637401, +91 33 24637432

Roshni – 040 790 4646
E-mail – help@roshnihyd.org
Address – 1-8-303/48/21 Kalavathy Nivas, Sindhi Colony
S.P. Road, Secunderabad 500003    

Thanal – 0495 237 1100, E-mail – thanal.calicut@gmail.com
Address – Iqra Hospital, Malamparamba, Calicut 673009 Kerala

Sumaitri – 011-23389090
E-mail- feelingsuicidal@sumaitri.net
Address – Sumaitri, Aradhana Hostel Complex 
No. 1 Bhagwan Das Lane, Bhagwan Das Road New Delhi

Maithri – 91- 484 – 2540530
E-mail – maithrihelp@gmail.com
Address – ICTA Shantigram, Changampuzha Nagar (P.O.)
Kalamassery Kochi 682 033    

Nagpur Suicide Prevention Helpline – 8888817666 

BipolarIndia
Online and Offline Peer Support for Patients & Caregivers www.BipolarIndia.org, Mumbai

iCALL
A telephone and email based counseling service run by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai which offers psychosocial support, information and referral to people in emotional, psychological distress across age groups, gender and sexual identities, geographies and issues through a team of trained and qualified counsellors. 

iCALL can be accessed free of cost over the telephone by calling 022-2552111 (standard calling rates apply) and over email at icall@tiss.edu from Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 10 pm. 
For more details, visit http://www.icallhelpline.org

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