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About Us

Our Birth

As a dedicated telephone helpline,SAHAI was started in October 2002 in response to the growing incidences of suicide in the city of Bangalore. The service was initiated with the assistance of NIMHANS,Rotary East and Medico Pastoral Association. Today it is a service provided by Medico Pastoral Association which is a psycho social rehabilitation centre for people with mental illness.

Our Partners

Medico Pastoral Association

Medico Pastoral Association has been running mental health services since 1972. It has been involved in running the suicide prevention helpline - SAHAI, since its launch on 02 October 2002. Medico Pastoral Association conducts regular public awareness campaigns on suicide prevention through workshops, seminars, plays and poster campaigns. SAHAI operates from the premises of the Medico Pastoral Association.

National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS)

Its former director, Dr.R.M.Varma inaugurated the first training programme in suicide prevention for volunteers in October 2002. A study on 'The Epidemiology of Suicide in Bangalore' by Dr. G. Gururaj and Dr.Mohan Isaac of NIMHANS was instrumental in the setting up the SAHAI Helpline.

Rotary Bangalore East

SAHAI began as a service project of Rotary Bangalore East. "We've been effective in our work at the SAHAI Helpline because of the close co-ordination between the 3 partners: Rotary Bangalore East, NIMHANS and the Medico Pastoral Association" says Rotary Bangalore East's former President, Mr.K.K.Rajagopal.
Rotary Bangalore East has won many awards in recognition of its leadership role in addressing distress. Rotary Bangalore East has also been actively involved with other public awareness building activities.

Our work

  • We listen to every caller
  • Address the problem
  • Support the caller
  • Provide referral where required
  • Create awareness

Whether you're facing problems with your family, in school, at work or with your friends. Our Counselors will give you their undivided attention and will guide you through telephone counseling. SAHAI volunteers will help and equip you with the skills needed to cope with distressing situations of life like loss, failure, broken relationships or the ever-increasing demands of today's fast-paced life.

Talking about it with families and friends or sharing your feelings may be difficult. Maybe you don’t wish to worry those who are close to you or maybe you feel that you may be misunderstood or perhaps you don’t know how to explain the way you are feeling!

That’s when you might wish to talk to the trained volunteers at SAHAI. They are available to listen to you with empathy. They can offer alternative options or suggest people who can help with specific problems.

The service is completely confidential and free.

So next time you are feeling down, it might help to call SAHAI.

REMEMBER HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY.

Call between 10 AM to 8 PM(Monday to Saturday).

080 25497777