The White Swan Foundation will train 200 volunteers, who as mental health champions, will reach out to 50 people each to have these conversations through October and November.

NGO launches drive to initiate conversation on mental health in Bengaluru
news Mental health Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 09:42

A movement aimed to spread awareness on mental health among 10,000 people was launched in Bengaluru on Friday by a non-profit organisation.

The White Swan Foundation, with its mission to deliver knowledge services for mental health and wellbeing, has announced the launch of "Mission 10K" programme.

"Mission 10K aims to reach out to 10,000 people in Bengaluru and engage them in conversations on mental health," Foundation's Chief Executive Officer Manoj Chandran said.

The Foundation will train 200 volunteers, who as mental health champions, will reach out to 50 people each to have these conversations through October and November.

"Of all the challenges that surround the mental healthcare space, the most fundamental is the lack of access to right knowledge among people. Without the right knowledge, people's decision on mental health is often ill informed," Chandran said.

"We cannot address the challenges of the mental healthcare space without the involvement of the people," he added.

The campaign was launched at the back of  World Suicide Prevention Day observed on September 10.

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If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help.

Tamil Nadu

State health department suicide helpline number - 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in TN)

Telangana

Telangana government suicide prevention toll free no - 104

Roshni- 040-66202000, 66202001

SEVA- 09441778290, 040 - 27504682 (between 9 AM and 7 PM)

Karnataka

Sahai : 24-hour helpline numbers: 080- 65000111, 080-65000222, 080-25497777

Parivarthan 7676602602 4pm-10pm Monday to Friday

Kerala

Maithri helpline - 0484-2540530

Chaithram helpline: 0484-2361161

Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.

Andhra Pradesh

Life Suicide Prevention Helpline No.78930-78930

Roshni -

Helpline 1: 9166202000

Helpline 2: 9127848584

Other

AASRA 022 2754 6669

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