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The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

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Befrienders India

Focused area: Depressed and suicidal rescue, raising awareness on mental health and helplines

Establish year: 1992

Description: Befrienders India is part of Befrienders International. Befrienders International was founded in 1974 to provide unconditional timely support to the depressed and the suicidal through the use of volunteer befriending. They had initially started as The Samaritans Movement in 1953 to serve depressed and suicidal people through volunteer befriending in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. They subsequently expanded across other countries via Befrienders International. Befrienders India was registered in November 1992 and is the nodal body that coordinates the activities of national helplines or member centers, that are working towards suicide prevention. There are currently 9 centres spread across India including Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Pondicherry, and Secunderabad. All these centres offer volunteer befriending via personal, telephonic and postal interaction. Befrienders India offers several ways in which an individual can contribute to prevent suicides. They offer several initiatives to raise awareness in educational institutions, training programs and other volunteering programs.

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Email: secretary@befriendersindia.net

Contact no: 044-24640050

Weblink: http://www.befriendersindia.net/

Address: Befrienders India C/o SNEHA, No. 11 Park View Road, R.A.Puram,-600 028,

Dist: Chennai

State: Tamil Nadu