Special issue with the Sunday Magazine
From the publishers of THE HINDU

REACHING OUT: April 08, 2001


Thakur Dalip Singh

Given below are organisations in the metros that offer counselling and other help.


AAG-AIDS Awareness Group Counseling, awareness generation, AIDS/STD, legal aid. 119, Humayunpur, Safdarjing Enclave, New Delhi-110029. Ph: 6187953/6187954. Contact: Elizabeth Vatsyayan.

AIIMS Social Service Unit Counselling, de-addiction centre. No. 9, OPD Block, AIIMS, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029. Ph: 6561123. Contact: R. C. Mishra.

All India Crime Prevention Society Legal Aid. G-1, Anand Nikelan, Opp. Motilal Nehru College, New Delhi-110021. Ph: 4671494/ 4671495. Contact: B. P. Nigam.

Bapu Nature Cure Hospital and Yoga Ashram Counselling/ de-addiction centre. Gandhi Nidhi, Patparganj, Delhi-110091. Ph: 2251543, 2258144. Contact: Dr. R. M. Nair.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital De-addiction Centre De-addiction centre, counselling. Wellington Cresent, New Delhi-110001. Ph: 3365525. Contact: Dr. N. Bohra.

Family of Disabled Disability: physical, mental, self help groups. B-1/500, Janak Puri, New Delhi-110058. Ph: 5597328. Contact: Dr. Rajendar Johar.

Naz Foundation (India) Trust Telephone helplines, counselling, sexual health. D-45, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi-110016. Ph: 6851970/ 6851971. Contact: Anjali Gopalan.

Population Services International Telephone helplines, HIV/ AIDS prevention projects. C-45, Chittaranjan Park, P. Box 7360, New Delhi-110019. Ph: 6485022/ 6487569/ 6428379. Contact: Mr. Kabir Singh.

Chetanalaya Counselling for women in distress, emotional instability. C-395, Jehangirpuri, New Delhi-110033. Ph: 7254111, 7136417. Counsellor: Akbar Ali.

Harijan Sewak Sangh Family Counselling Counselling: premarital/ marital, women in distress, dowry demands, psychological help. Gandhi Ashram, Kingsway Camp, Delhi-110009. Ph: 7113641.

Kripa Foundation Counselling: premartial/ mental, women in distress. B-1, 430, Raghuvir Nagar, New Delhi. Ph: 6836102, 563057.

Sandarshan Institute for Counselling and Personal Growth Counselling: premarital/ marital, mental and stress related problems, addiction/ AIDS/ suicide. 15, Raj Niwas Marg, Delhi-110054. Ph: 2931552. Contact: Dr. Salim Sharif.

Sanjeevani Society for Mental Health Premarital/ marital counselling, emotional instability/ psychological counselling. A-6, Qutub Institutional Area, Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi-110067. Ph: 4311918/ 4317285. Contact: V. S. Subramaniam.

Sumaitri - a crisis centre for the suicidal and despairing Depression, suicide prevention. 48, Babar Road, near Bengali Market, New Delhi-110001. Ph: 3710763.


Self Help Counselling Centre Family counselling, students counselling. Surya Vihar, Ground Floor, 36/2B, G Garcha Road, Kolkata-19. Ph: 4758252 (4-6 p.m.) Contact: Dr. Kauchan Gurtu

Healing Arts Counselling, psychotherapy, psychometry, diagnosis and medicine, 18/1, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata-29. Ph: 4749737/ 9971 Contact: Dr. Jayanta Chatterjee, Mahuya Ghosh.

Anubhav Counselling, therapy, stress management, psychometry, special education,. 14/B, Maharaja Nandakumar Rd., Calcutta-29. Ph: 4667907/ 4010830 Contact: Paramita Mitra Bhanmick, Dr. Debashish Ray.

Sneh Mental counselling, psychometry listing remedical education. Flat 2B, 48/1, Chakrabing Road (North), Kolkata-20. Ph: 4764011, 4853504


Cancer Patients' Aid Association (CPAA) , King George Memorial, Dr. E. Moses Road Mahalaxmi, Mumbai Helplines: 022-4975462, 022-4924000

These numbers are an information service on cancer. For those coming for treatment from places outside Mumbai, information is available about places to go to for treatment, places to stay in the city, cost of treatment, etc. For those who want to know about the early detection of cancer, information is given on how to get the tests done. (Early detection tests are done free of cost by CPAA). In special cases referred by doctors, financial aid is also available for those who cannot pay for treatment.

Prerna 24-hour hotline for suicide prevention and counselling. Ph: 022-5905959; www.

Special Cell for Women and Children Women and children under abuse and in emergency can get help from here. Police Commissioner's Office, Mumbai-400001. Ph: 022-2620111 Ext: 206.

Emergency Disaster Control Room Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai Ph: 022-2694727, 022-2694725

The Samaritans Working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed and suicidal persons, providing free treatment. Consulting and day-care rehabilitation. 1st Floor, Seva Niketan, Sir J. J. Road, Byculla, Mumbai-400008. Ph: 022-3092068


Community Action Trust AIDS research and care No. 9, 1st Flr., 4th St.,Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar, Chennai-20. Ph 4461892

Anonymous Counselling on AIDS Ph 4994656/ 4995696/ 4970792/ 4970793

India Network for people living with HIV/AIDS (INP) P.O. Box 4877, Chennai-2. Ph: 8258014

The Banyan Care and rehabilitation for the mentally ill 1231, Anna Nagar, West End Colony, Mogappair, Chennai-56. Ph: 6357049

AASHA - An alliance for the mentally ill 2, Works Road, New Colony, Chromepet, Chennai-44. Ph: 2403150

Centre for psychological health 57, 7th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai-83. Ph: 4892495

Sneha Suicide prevention centre No. 4, Avvai Shanmugham Lane, Royapettah, Chennai. Ph: 8273456

ADDS-Alcohol and Drugs The Addiction Services 26, First Main Road, CIT Nagar, Chennai. Ph 4330757

De-Addiction Centre Institute of Mental Health, Kilpauk, Chennai-600010. Ph: 6421085

Alcoholics Anonymous 17 Balfour Road, Kilpauk, Chennai-10. Ph 6441941.


Makkala Sahaya Vani children in crisis Office of the Commissioner of Police, 1, Infantry Road, Bangalore-560001

ASHRAYA adoption, mobile cr‚ches, women and child development Jawan's Colony, BDA Park Double Road, Indiranagar 1st stage, Bangalore-560038. Ph: 5251929 Contact: Ms Nomita Chandy

Association for Promoting Social Action Working children, home, advocacy 34 Nammane, Annasandra Palya, Vimanapura, Bangalore-560017. Ph: 5232749/5231719 Contact: Dr. Kshitij Urs

Association for the Mentally Handicapped Rehabilitation of the mentally retarded Near Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Off Hosur Road, Bangalore-560029. Contact: Ms. Meera Ramchand

Aids Counselling, Care, Education and Prevention Training Society (ACCEPT) Care, counselling help for HIV/AIDS Rehbooth Agape Street, Horamavu, Agara, Bangalore 560 043. Ph: 846 5418 Contact: Mr. Raju Mathew, Chairman

Bangalore Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Animal shelter, care Kasturba Road, Near Queen's Statue, Bangalore - 560001. Ph: 351 1329 Contact: Dr B. C. Ramakrishna

Freedom Foundation Alcholism, drug abuse; pre-and post test counselling for HIV/AIDS No.180, Hennur Cross, Bangalore 560043. Ph: 544 0134/9766 Contact: Mr. Ashok K. Rau

Foundation of Sexual Medicine Education, counselling, therapy and research in sexuality 877, 18th Main, 60th Cross, 5th Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore - 560010. Ph: 3101205 Contact: Dr Vinod Chebbi

Jagruthi Child sex workers, sex education C-3, 2nd Floor, Jyoti Complex, 134/1, Infantry Road, Bangalore 560001. Ph: 2860346 Contact: Ms Renu Appachu

National Association for the Blind Rehabilitation/training of visually impaired CA Site 4, NAB Road, Jeevan Bhimanagar Bangalore 560075. Ph: 5281590/5281439 Contact: Mr Gordon Faife, Chief Executive Officer

Public Affairs Centre Research/ documentation of civic issues 578, 16th B main, 3rd Cross, 3rd Block, Koramangala, Bangalore 560034. Ph: 5537260/ 3467/ 5520246 Contact: Dr Samuel Paul

Spastics Society of Karnataka Education, rehabilitation of spastic children 31, 5th Cross, off 5th Main, Ist Stage Indiranagar, Bangalore - 560038. Ph: 528 6129 Contact: Ms Lalitha Viswanathan

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