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.
If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help.
State health department suicide helpline number - 104
Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in TN)
Telangana government suicide prevention toll free no - 104
Roshni- 040-66202000, 66202001
SEVA- 09441778290, 040 - 27504682 (between 9 AM and 7 PM)
Sahai : 24-hour helpline numbers: 080- 65000111, 080-65000222, 080-25497777
Parivarthan 7676602602 4pm-10pm Monday to Friday
Maithri helpline - 0484-2540530
Chaithram helpline: 0484-2361161
Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.
Life Suicide Prevention Helpline No.78930-78930
Helpline 1: 9166202000
Helpline 2: 9127848584
AASRA 022 2754 6669