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Trying to Fight Depression? Don’t Give up, Here Are 10 Organisations You Can Turn to for Help

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According to the World Health Organization, India is one of the most depressed countries in the world. While around 9% of people in the country say they have experienced extended periods of depression at least once within their lifetime, nearly 36% have suffered from Major Depressive Episodes (MDE).

Yes, chronic depression might not be the ideal topic for an elevator conversation. But people think it is perfectly alright to discuss swine flu or dengue in public.

One could argue it’s because they could be deadly and we can actually see people suffering from them. What we don’t realise is that depression can be deadly too and we can see people suffering if we choose to look.

Going to see a doctor for depression should ideally be as normal as visiting a physician for diabetes. But our society does not consider it “normal” because there is a stigma attached to mental health issues.

If you or any of your loved ones is facing a mental health problem, know that help is available through any of the organisations listed here.

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If you are reluctant to visit a doctor for any reason, there are online resources available as well (listed further down).

1. The Mind Research Foundation

Where they are: Bangalore and Chandigarh

What they do: The Mind Research Foundation provides therapy and support groups for a wide range of emotional and behavioural issues. These can range from therapy for depression, grief counselling, parenting support, etc., to couples counselling and much more.

You can go here to see their full list of services and contact details.

2. AASRA

Where they are: Mumbai

What they do: AASRA focuses on suicide prevention and provides a 24/7 suicide prevention helpline. But for those who are just looking for support, they do organise support groups for people suffering from bipolar, schizophrenic disorders, and families affected by suicide.

Get more info and contact details here.

3. NIMHANS Centre for Wellbeing

Where they are: Bangalore

What they do: Although NIMHANS is more known for treating severe mental disorders, the Centre for Wellbeing was started with the idea that there should be awareness about minor mental disturbances in people’s daily lives as well. So anyone who is looking for professional help or support for depression, loss, etc., can get in touch with them.

More details here.

4. Cadabam’s

Where they are: Bangalore

What they do: Cadabam’s is a residential psychiatric rehabilitation centre. But it also provides outpatient therapy and counselling to people with depression and other mental illnesses.

Get more info and contact details here.

5. Hope Trust India

Where they are: Hyderabad

What they do: Hope Trust India focuses mainly on recovery from addiction. But they do provide cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression for outpatients.

Get more info and contact details here.

6. Mind Body Clinic

Where they are: Bangalore

What they do: The Mind Body Clinic provides treatment and therapy for various mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety.

Get more info and contact details here

7. Manipal Hospital

Where they are: Bangalore, Jaipur, Goa, Mangalore, Salem

What they do: The Departments of Psychiatry at the Manipal Hospitals provide therapy for a wide range of mental health problems, including depression.

Get more info and contact details here

Online Resources

Since the number of institutions that handle minor mental illnesses and provide support groups or therapy is extremely low in our country, here’s a list of websites based in India that provide therapy sessions online. Online therapy can be as useful and effective as face-to-face sessions.

1. Seraniti

With the mission of making mental health care more accessible, convenient and confidential, Seraniti provides online therapy and counselling sessions by trained therapists who work under the supervision of clinical psychiatrists. The sessions can take place over Skype.

Get more info and contact details here

2. Hope Network

Hope Network has a team of therapists to choose from. They have been providing mental health services over the internet since 2009.

Get more info and contact details here

3. eWellness Expert

Similar to the Hope Network, eWellness is also a platform where people can choose from a list of therapists to get help online.

Get more info and contact details here

(Compiled by Arjun Raj)

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