SAHAI Helpline for Suicide Prevention

Every day, the number of suicides in Bangalore is on the rise. 
It affects all ages, cultures and genders, irrespective of social & economic strata .

 If you’re feeling intense distress or depressed, don’t hide it – talk about it to someone you trust, or call the Helpline.  If you’re worried that someone you know is thinking of self-harm, ask the person to reach out for help. This could save the precious life.

 Self-Harm Prevention – it’s everybody’s business.

What do we know about Suicides in India? The National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB) notes that there is one suicide reported in less than every five minutes and that there is more than 175% increase in suicides during the past four decades.

The causative factors found are the presence of various stressful life events which are interrelated, cumulative and seem unresolved in nature. Personal experiences of loss of relationships, health, finances, lack of a supportive environment and the ever increasing isolated lifestyle are said to be some of the specific reasons cited. Considering the enormity of the problem, the focus needs to be on mental well-being. Problems can be addressed when people are able to share and be understood.   


Even though suicide prevention efforts originated from the time of MPA’s inception, the SAHAI tele-helpline was launched as a service on October 2nd, 2002 in response to the escalating incidences of suicide or deliberate self-harm reported in the media. This service is now provided by Medico-Pastoral Association (MPA) at its office on Pottery Road, Bangalore and has been the result of a collaborative effort of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Rotary East and the Medico-Pastoral Association. It is a confidential helpline that you can call when you are feeling down. 

MPA Sahai Training MPA Sahai WorkshopFrom the dedicated SAHAI helpline – 080 – 25497777, trained Volunteers reach out to distressed callers, six days a week from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. The unique feature is that it is a service by Volunteers from varied backgrounds with different work and life experiences, brought together by the desire to help save lives. Volunteers undergo a 30 hours theoretical training and 70 hours practical training to be of help. Refresher courses are also conducted. 

What we do: 

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

If you are interested  

  • be part of the Volunteer group
  • be trained for crisis intervention / suicide prevention work
  • Support financially to strengthen the facility

Phone Counselling Training

The next training is scheduled to be held in August 2014. Those who are interested may kindly go through the application process and submit the duly filled up application form given below.

Application Process

Application Form

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Your support in cash/kind for the Long Supported Care Project for mentally ill is solicited.