We're in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, with cities and even entire countries shutting down. We are watching the headlines and wondering, "What is going to happen next?" Fear can take an emotional toll - coping with salary cuts, business pressures, isolation, etc. It is an unprecedented crisis. Looking at the statistics that 1 in 20 people in India suffer from depression, and 83% of Indians do not receive treatment for their mental illness, it is crucial that we take a step forward and provide psychological support.
The current crisis is causing massive stress, two people, as jobs and businesses get impacted. The Poddar Foundation and the Rotary Club of Bombay I have recognised the need for psychological support. They have put together a citizen-collective with an emergency helpline to give support to those in need of help. This helpline is purely to provide psychological support in this time of crisis.
THE COST TO RUN THIS HELPLINE THAT CAN ANSWER 100 CALLS A DAY IS INR 2.5 L/ MONTH.
There will be no cost to the caller- each caller will have a 15-minute slot. Each caller will be assisted by a volunteer who will escalate the case to counsellor or hospital if needed. The helpline is open 24 x 7. There are almost 200 volunteers who have already signed up. The helpline will Bheem and by the councillors and the volunteers as per a roster. all calls will be recorded for quality check the caller can read their experience between 1 to 5. (1 being lowest & 5 being the highest)
THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER IS 1800-121-0980
HELP RAISE INR 7L TO RUN THIS HELPLINE FOR 3 MONTHS. IF WE RAISE MORE, WE CAN RUN IT FOR LONGER AND HELP MORE PEOPLE.
1. The caller calls and it is received by a counsellor / trained volunteer.
2. Based on the problem the psychological support is provided.
3. In case of severe issues, the call will be escalated to a psychiatrist.
4. The psychiatrist will do a further intervention and if need be-hospital or any other interventions will be suggested.
ABOUT PODDAR FOUNDATION :
Poddar Foundation was formed in 1983 with the mandate of being of service towards the health and wellness of India. It is focused on building awareness around mental, behavioural and emotional health issues and its effects on our everyday lives. The foundation works through its flagship program 'SILENCE तोड़ो’ to sensitize people with understanding and knowledge about mental health and its various issues. The main agenda as the name suggests is to break the silent suffering of individuals. They provide online and offline solutions for outreach that highlights expert opinions and public views.
ABOUT ROTARY CLUB OF BOMBAY
The Rotary Club of Bombay is one of the pioneers in India of the Rotary movement, devoted to the ideal of Fellowship through service. The membership of the club has grown from 38 in 1929 to around 350 today. The unique single classification concept of Rotary allows the Rotary Club of Bombay a membership comprising of a high-performance cross-section of Bombay's successful business and professional men and women, all accomplishers in their own field ranging from doctors do architects, legal luminaries to bankers entrepreneurs to educationalist and merchandisers to communicators. The club offers a stimulating Fellowship based on are fascinating diversity of interests in business, arts, science and the professional expertise of its members.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as Poddar Foundation as an NGO is a registered trust & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT act.
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