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A Comprehensive List of Affordable Mental Health Resources in India During COVID-19

This list consists of free and affordable mental health resources in India you and your loved ones can refer to if the need arises. Information on this list has been compiled by Mahima Kukreja, Yuvaa, and other citizen volunteers in response to the COVID-19 2021 emergency in India. The complete Google Sheets can be found by following the link below.

MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS FOR YOUNG ADULTS
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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES GOOGLE SHEET
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COVID-19 is aggravating our lives again after the partial relief seen in the last few months. The second wave is precipitous and the news surrounding us daily adds on to the pressure. In this hour of need, looking after our mental health becomes essential for our well-being. To help you get through these trying times, we’ve compiled some mental health resources for you or your loved ones to seek professional help. We hope this helps you navigate any emotional distress or mental health troubles you may be dealing with.

Disclaimer: The Ticket Fairy is not associated with any of these resources and cannot be held liable for the quality or efficacy of the services provided. Please verify the rates mentioned in the list with the consultants directly as they may vary. 

 

SOME RESOURCES YOU CAN AVAIL FOR FREE:


NIMHANS 

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) is a multidisciplinary institute for patient care and academic pursuit in the field of mental health and neurosciences. It is a 24 * 7 toll-free helpline for anyone experiencing mental health distress during the COVID 19 crisis. They will provide psychological support and mental health services from mental health professionals. 

Website – https://nimhans.ac.in/pssmhs-helpline/
Contact – 080 – 4611 0007
Timings – 24 * 7


iCALL

iCALL is a telephone, chat, and email-based counseling service run by the School of Ecology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). They provide free emotional support, information, and referral services to individuals in psychosocial distress, across all ages, different gender, and sexual identities through a team of qualified and trained mental health professionals in multiple languages. 

Websitehttps://icallhelpline.org/
Contact – +91 915 298 7821 / [email protected]  
TimingsMonday to Saturday (10 AM – 8 PM)


Mann Talks 

The Mann Talks Helpline offers free and confidential emotional and psychological support through a team of trained mental health professionals. Their services provide an ‘empathetic and non-judgemental environment for one to share their thoughts, emotions, and experiences freely.

Websitehttps://www.manntalks.org/
Contact – +91 868 613 9139
Timings9 AM to 6 PM


Vandrevala Foundation

Cyrus & Priya Vandrevala Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to provide aid and funding for people suffering from mental health illness in India. It is a Pan India, 24 * 7 multilingual service that operates round the clock.

Websitehttps://www.vandrevalafoundation.com/
Contact9999 666 555 / [email protected] 
Timings24 * 7


Lifeline Foundation

Lifeline Foundation is a government-registered non-profit organization located in Kolkata for over twenty-four years. They provide free and anonymous emotional support to people who are in despair, depressed or suicidal. The services are handled by meticulously trained volunteers.

Websitehttp://www.lifelinefoundation.in/
Contact 334 044 7437 / +91 908 803 0303 / [email protected]  
Timings10 AM to 10 PM (Monday to Sunday)

 

AFFORDABLE / SLIDING SCALE SERVICES


Talk To Me

Talk To Me was founded for public service to provide mental health assistance to those suffering or in need, and to the deprived sections of society. Their services include diagnosis and treatments of mental illnesses (anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc), psychotic disorders, Grief Counselling (Loss, Grief, Bereavement), teenage mental health, learning disabilities, and more. They offer affordable mental health services with pay-as-you-can services.

Websitehttps://talktome.co.in/
Contact+91 804 725 1946 / [email protected]  
RateSubsidized rates, pay as you can


Parivarthan

Parivartan is a registered, non-profit society, that offers counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families by trained professional counselors. According to their website, the establishment has researched to ‘develop counseling practices that are appropriately tuned to Indian cultural context and changing societal realities.’

Websitehttps://parivarthan.org/
Contact080 – 25273462 / +91 767 660 2602 / [email protected] 
RateSliding scale, contact to know


Serefe Counselling and Therapy

Serefe Counselling and Therapy Centre is an online counseling platform providing mental health and holistic wellbeing services. Their team of trained, skilled Counsellors, Clinical Psychologists, therapists, holistic therapists, and wellness experts extend services in personal, family, relationship, career, parents and child counseling, and also psychotherapy, Reiki/Hypnotherapy, Art therapy, and more. 

Website – https://www.serefe.org/
Contact – +91 840 116 0302 (WhatsApp)
Timings –10 AM – 8 PM
Rate –
INR 500 for 30 mins (pay as you go), sliding scale


Therapize India

Therapize have started three COVID-19 Support Circles focusing on grief, burnout, and anxiety following the rise of cases across India. These sessions will be headed by qualified counseling psychologists and supported by a community of people who are struggling with similar feelings. Each Support Circle will have four sessions on Saturdays from 11:00-12:30 PM: 1st May, 8th May, 15th May, 22nd May. All sessions will be live and only in English, and they can be accessed online via phone/laptop.

Websitehttps://www.therapizeindia.com/
Contacthttps://www.therapizeindia.com/copy-of-therapize-tribes
Timings11 PM – 12:30 PM (Saturdays: 1st May, 8th May, 15th May, 22nd May)
Rate –  INR 250 for a Support Circle

 

FAMILY THERAPY / RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING


Rajul Jagdish – Room, the Mindcare Space

Rajul Jagdish is the founder and psychotherapist at Room, The Mindcare Space. She specializes in interpersonal, educational, and marriage and family therapy. People experiencing depression, anxiety, grief work, domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual abuse, suicidal ideation, along with other low-risk cases can approach her for her expertise. Her services are also queer-friendly.

Websitehttps://www.roomthespace.com/
Contact[email protected]
Medium – Online Sessions (Skype)
Rate – INR 300-1200 (whatever the client can pay)


Sadaf Vidha – Guftagu Therapy

Sadaf Vidha of Guftagu Therapy and Psychotherapy Services is an alumnus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences with Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is a certified Queer Affirmative counseling therapist with Mariwala Health Initiative and an Art based therapist who uses post-modern techniques in her approach. Her services include Individual, group, couples, and family therapy. 

Websitehttps://guftagutherapy.in/
Contact[email protected]
Medium – Online session (Audio, Video, Chat)
Rate – Chats are at INR 350 per 50 minutes, Phone calls at INR 500, Video at INR 600. Discounted slots available on need-basis


Ehsaas – Psychotherapy Clinic

Ehsas is the Psychotherapy Clinic at Ambedkar University. Delhi – an initiative of the Centre of Psychotherapy and Clinical Research, School of Human Studies, since 2011. Their groups of therapists work with individuals, couples, and families, of all age groups. Ehsas’s services are for Anyone facing psychological distress such as inability to concentrate, episodes of low mood or depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, panic attacks or someone who is noticing an inability to commit to work or relationships, feeling alienated in one’s relationships or family, or facing more chronic symptoms such as seeing things or hearing voices (visual/auditory hallucinations). 

Websitehttps://aud.ac.in/ehsaas
Contact[email protected] (Referral Form)
Medium – Face-to-face, New Delhi
Rate – Sliding scale


Ariba Abbasi

Ariba Abbasi is a counseling therapist with an M.Sc in counseling in family therapy and BA (psychology) from Delhi university. She specializes in relationship counseling, marital therapy/couple therapy, family therapy, child counseling, adolescent counseling, trauma counseling, queer affirmative counseling as well as treatments for mood disorders and OCD.

Contact[email protected]
Medium – Online sessions (Voice and Video)
Rate – INR 500 per session (INR 300 for financially deprived)


Kuntal Vora – The Healing Path

Kuntal Vora is a Counselling Psychologist and a School Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Trauma-Informed Therapist. She has been practicing Psychotherapy since 2015 ‘in the areas of Anxiety, Stress, Aggression, Academic Concerns, Career Concerns, Adjusting to Change, Life Transitions, Communication Issues, ADHD, Addiction, Adolescent Family issues’, work-life balance, and Trauma and Grief.

Websitehttps://prafultaandheri.org/online-counselling/kuntal-vora/
Contact[email protected]
Medium – Online sessions
Rate – INR 1100 per session. Sliding slots available at INR 900 

 

SERVICES FOR CHILDREN / ADOLESCENT


Tania G.

Tania G. is a school psychologist and private-practice therapist. She works with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her specializations lie in concerns related to severely distressed states, grief, trauma (sexual abuse, physical violence, domestic abuse), self-harm, hyperactivity or any behavior-related concerns, peer-related concerns in children and adolescents, anxiety, and body image. 

Contact[email protected]
Medium – Face-to-face (Noida, Delhi), Skype, or home visit in cases of Geriatrics.
Rate – INR 800 to 1200 (free for financially deprived)


Sneha Mani 

Sneha Mani is a psychologist from Mumbai. Children and adolescents, trauma survivors, child sexual abuse survivors are her areas of expertise. She also offers therapy to people dealing with anxiety, gender issues, depression, addiction, and those seeking family therapy.

Contact[email protected]
Medium – Face-to-face (Mumbai) or online sessions
Rate – INR 1200 per session (sliding scale at INR 750 an hour, and slots available at INR 900, INR 1000, and INR 1100)


Priyanka Mansingka

Priyanka Mansingka is a Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Holistic Health Coach, and founder of Inner Connect. She specializes in child counseling, therapy for teenagers, interpersonal, marriage, self-image, and relationship issues. She is experienced to deal with depression, anxiety, body dysmorphic, domestic violence, grief work, sexual abuse, mood disorders, and OCD.

Websitehttps://www.instagram.com/priyanka_innerconnect/
Contact[email protected] / [email protected]
Medium – Face-to-face (Mumbai) or online sessions
Rate – INR 1200 per session (INR 500  as per affordability)


Reuben Mathew – Prayatna

Reuben Mathew is Counsellor and Remedial Educator for special children at Prayatna Counselling and Early Intervention Program. They have ‘significant experience with youth-based population while working with an NGO that deals with sensitizing and enabling the youth to voice their opinions, ideas, concerns and views over social and political issues through creative media as well as delivering a learning experience on Gender, Youth Leadership, and many more modules.’

Websitehttp://www.prayatnacounselling.com/
Contact[email protected]
Medium – Online sessions
Rate – INR 300 – 500 for a 45-minute session (varies as per affordability)


Sidhanta Borkataky 

Sidhanta Borkataky is a Queer Affirmative Expressive Arts Therapist (EXA). EXA combines psychology and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. It uses  our ‘inborn desire to create—be it music, theater, poetry, dance, or other artistic forms—as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change.’ They have experience working with children age 8 – 12 and adults 18 – 30

Contact – [email protected]
Medium – Face-to-face (Ulsoor, Bangalore) or online sessions when needed
Rate – INR 800 per session (INR 500 as per affordability)

 

TRAUMA SPECIFIC SERVICES


Ishita Gupta – Breakthrough Counselling 

Ishita Gupta is a counseling psychologist, a certified REBT and CBT practitioner, and the founder of Breakthrough Counselling. She has experience working with hospitals and de-addiction centers for people above the age of thirteen. ‘She specializes in dealing with mental disorders like anxiety, depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, as well as daily issues one may face like stress, excessive anger, low motivation, low `self-esteem, etc.’ Her work incorporates women’s issues – including trauma from abusive relationships or sexual assault/harassment. She is an LGBTQ+ friendly and sex-positive therapist.

Websitehttps://businessbreakthroughcounselling.com/
Contact[email protected]
Medium – Face-to-face (Oshiwara, Mumbai) or online Skype Sessions
Rate – INR 900 – 1200 (Free slots/concessions available as per affordability, preference for these slots given to students)


Sneha Janaki – Reflective Arena 

Sneha Janaki is the Pre-Litigation Counselling Centre at the Bombay High Court and the founder of Reflective Arena. She is a Trauma-Informed practitioner, also dealing with gender and sexuality. She works with survivors of sexual abuse – both children and adults.

Websitehttps://www.reflectivearena.com/
Contact – +91 983 389 0973 / [email protected]
Medium – Face-to-Face (Andheri, Mumbai)
Rate – As per affordability, please contact for specifications.


Anjali Singla 

Anjali Singla is a Counseling Psychologist with over 4 years of therapy experience. She currently works as a researcher & adjunct faculty at The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health. Her area of expertise lies in trauma therapy focusing on family, adolescents, and young adults that are intersectional and inclusive. 

Contact[email protected]
Medium – Face-to-face (Delhi, NCR) or online sessions
Rate – Sliding scale starting from INR 900  


Ana Khan – Raahat Counselling Services

Ana Khan of Raahat Counselling Services is a Psychotherapist working with adults and adolescents with over 300 hours of therapy experience. She deals with issues pertaining to anxiety, body image, suicidal ideation, trauma, coping with a romantic separation, relational concerns, and depression. She uses an eclectic approach, which is trauma-informed and rooted in Mindfulness.

Contact[email protected]
Medium – Online sessions
Rate – INR 700 – 1000


Dinika Anand 

Dinika Anand is a counselor offering treatments to young adults in the age bracket of the 20s and early 30s grappling with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse, and trauma in childhood and interpersonal relationships. She uses an eclectic mix of various therapeutic approaches borrowing from behavioral, humanistic, and analytical thought.

Contacthttps://counseling-session.appointlet.com/  (for direct appointments) / [email protected]
Medium – Face-to-face (Delhi) or online sessions
Rate – INR 700 (discounted slots as per affordability)

 

QUEER FRIENDLY


Richa Vashista

Richa Vashista is a Mental Health Professional working at the intersections of Gender and Sexuality since 2014. She is Queer Affirmative and Trauma-Informed and sees a wide range of clients from diverse backgrounds. 

Contact[email protected]
Medium – Virtual therapy and tele-counseling
Rate – INR 1500 (Sliding scale available)


Ms. Sudha Shashwati – Aarunyaa Mental Health Services

Sudha Shashwati is a Psychotherapist and founder of Aarunyaa Mental Health Services. She offers queer affirmative, trauma-informed, feminist therapy as well as individual therapy sessions for a broad range of issues, like anxiety, depression, grief, work-related stress, trauma, relationship, and family conflicts, etc.

Contact[email protected]
Medium – Online sessions (for individuals and couples)
Rate – INR 500 (for students and individuals from marginalized communities), INR 1000 for individual therapy, and 1500-2000 for couple therapy 


Rupa Nagarajan

Rupa Nagarajan is a psychologist offering to counsel queer individuals, adolescents, and young adults. She specializes in family therapy and group therapy.

Contact[email protected]
Medium – Face-to-face (Bangalore) and Online sessions
Rate – INR 600 – 750 per session.

 

Information in this list is procured from a crowd-sourced sheet created by Mahima Kukreja as well as other citizen volunteers.

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