Those feeling depressed or thinking about ending their life can walk into Hiranandani Hospital, Powai for a free counselling session any time of the day or night.

The Vandrevala Foundation, a charitable organisation, has launched a 24×7 counselling centre for people suffering from stress, depression and other mental health conditions.

In the first phase, the counselling will be provided by experts only at Hiranandani Hospital.

Non-resident Indians Cyrus and Priya Vandrevala, who run the organisation plan to start the service at other centres across Mumbai in the near future.

The Vandrevala Foundation had started a Mental Health helpline  in August 2009. The number of the helpline is 022‐25706000, email is [email protected]

“We receive about 30 to 40 calls every day and even more calls during the exam season,” said psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty, a consultant with the Foundation.

“We realised that in a lot of cases, simply counselling people over the phone is not enough,” said Arun John, executive vice president, Vandrevala Foundation.

“Based on the kind of demand we recieved from our patients we decided to launch a personal counseling service,” he added.

Source: Hindustan Times