Gujarat Gets ‘Jeevan Aastha’ – a Free Helpline for Mental Health

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‘Jeevan Aastha’ – that’s the new helpline launched in Gujarat to help people who are coping with issues like suicidal tendencies, stress, and anxieties. The number is 1800233330.

A helpline called ‘Jeevan Aastha’ has been launched in Gujarat to address issues like suicidal tendencies, stress, domestic issues and exam-related anxieties. The helpline was launched on Thursday by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel via video conferencing in Gandhinagar. This step has been initiated by the Gandhinagar range police.

The helpline number is 18002333330, and its service will be available all across the state.


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There will be eight full time counsellors and one senior counsellor who will take charge whenever required. The counsellors have been trained to address specific situations like students going through stress before exams. The police officials have also collaborated with psychologists and psychiatrists in Gandhinagar to help with the calls.

Gujarat police have experimented with such a concept earlier in Surat as well. According to Hasmukh Patel, inspector general of police of Gandhinagar range, they plan to advertise the helpline number with the help of banners at places where suicides are likely to take place lie the Narmada canal. This will be done to popularise the helpline and to reach out to citizens in their time of need.

The first number at Surat had a small charge associated with its usage. But this one is completely free of cost. As of now, there are three channels and officials plan to increase the number of lines in a phase wise manner.

We hope this helpline will be useful for many people in need.

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