How It Works

We raise awareness

  • Mental health problems and illnesses are as important as any physical illnesses.
  • Anyone can experience mental health problems during their lifetime—from anxiety and depression to self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
  • With proper treatment, people experiencing mental health problems can and should be productive members of society.

We improve access

  • to diagnosis and treatment;
  • to knowledge about mental health issues, symptoms, and treatments; and
  • to support groups.

We advocate

We work with governments, educational, institutions, businesses, civil society, and media to:

  • Build support for applying necessary solutions to mental health challenges in India;
  • Bring to bear best practices to address mental health issues;
  • Raise awareness and fight stigma; and  
  • Create partnerships through which the impact of our efforts can be multiplied.

Mental Health Helpline

In 2009, the Foundation established a crisis intervention and psychological counselling service in Mumbai, India.

To date, our Mental Health Helpline has put in place arrangements with public services such as the police, ambulance services and hospitals, and we’re always looking to further those partnerships.

Mental Health Helpline

Paid Video Consultations Pilot Programme

  • The Vandrevala Foundation is planning a pilot for paid consultations to help psychotherapists
    build a practice of fee-paying patients.
  • This is not meant to replace our free services, which will still be available via phone, email and chat.
  • Our hope is that some of our patients who can afford to will value these services and be willing to pay for them.
  • Since mental health is no different from physical health and mental problems and illnesses are treatable, anyone suffering from a mental illness should be treated with dignity

Awareness Campaigns

The Foundation has collaborated with schools and colleges to raise awareness and remove the stigma often associated with mental health issues.

We’ve partnered with several institutions such as the Surat Police, Emannuel Hospital, SHOUT (www.giveusashout.org), the Director General of Shipping and many other offices, schools, and colleges.

Please email us at awareness@vandrevalafoundation.com if you wish to receive posters or material to advertise in your school, college, or office.

Awareness Campaigns

Mental Health in the News

World Mental Health Day

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Vandrevala Foundation Awarded Best Mental Health Counselling @INDIA TODAY HEALTH

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