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Fight against Depression

The Live Love Laugh Foundation aims to reduce the stigma, spread awareness and change the way we look at Mental Health. This is a platform where you can seek help for yourself or a loved one, find comprehensive knowledge, connect with professionals, and find comfort knowing that you are not alone.
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Helpline

The helplines listed provide free phone counselling to those in need. The service provides support to individuals and families in distress; particularly, if the individuals feel lonely, isolated, unhappy, frightened, worried, shocked, or suicidal.
Find Help

Find a Therapist

Use this service if you are looking for professional guidance and assistance for your mental health concerns or that of a family member or a friend.
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Programs

Dedicated to creating mental health awareness in India, The Live Love Laugh Foundation has initiated various programs on mental health. Find information and details on how to participate in these programs here.
School ProgramsGP Programs

TLLLF

The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) seeks to champion the cause of mental health in India, with a focus on depression in particular. Besides spreading awareness, it also aims to support and carry out various on-ground activities – training GPs, creating a national database of mental healthcare professionals for easy access, developing help-lines with actual health-care professionals, furthering the cause through fundraising, partnering with other organisations and NGOs.
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You are not alone. There are others who have the same questions, concerns, & doubts.Helplines
How India views Mental Health

National Survey

How India views Mental Health

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How India views Mental Health

The Role of Awareness

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How India views Mental Health

Raising Awareness about Mental Health

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How India views Mental Health

Reducing Stigma Against Mental Health

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How India views Mental Health

The Role of Stigma

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A is for Anxiety
A - Z of Depression

Anxiety

Helplines Find A Therapist
Bipolar
A - Z of Depression

Bipolar

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Counsellor
A - Z of Depression

Counsellor

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Depression
A - Z of Depression

Depression

Helplines Find A Therapist
Empathy
A - Z of Depression

Empathy

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Fatigue
A - Z of Depression

Fatigue

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Group Therapy
A - Z of Depression

Group Therapy

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Helplines
A - Z of Depression

Helplines

Helplines Find A Therapist
Irritability
A - Z of Depression

Irritability

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Judgement
A - Z of Depression

Judgement

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Kindness
A - Z of Depression

Kindness

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Love
A - Z of Depression

Love

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Medicine
A - Z of Depression

Medicine

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Neurosis
A - Z of Depression

Neurosis

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Optimism
A - Z of Depression

Optimism

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Peer Pressure
A - Z of Depression

Peer Pressure

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Questions
A - Z of Depression

Questions

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Relationships
A - Z of Depression

Relationships

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Stigma
A - Z of Depression

Stigma

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Thyroid
A - Z of Depression

Thyroid

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Uncontrollable
A - Z of Depression

Uncontrollable

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Voice
A - Z of Depression

Voice

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Work Stress
A - Z of Depression

Work Stress

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X chromosome
A - Z of Depression

X chromosome

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yoga
A - Z of Depression

Yoga

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zen
A - Z of Depression

Zen

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What is Depression

You are not alone

Depression is currently one of the world's fastest growing illnesses. The WHO estimates that 1 out of 5 Indians will suffer from depression in their lifetime, yet most of us are unaware of what depression really is and frequently confuse depression with sadness. If you are currently experiencing depression or know someone who does, reaching out for help and support is the first step.
Remember #YouAreNotAlone
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Dobara Poocho

Dobara Poocho

Sometimes you need to ask twice.

When depression hides behind a smile.
When you know “I’m fine, thank you” isn’t true.
That’s why #DobaraPoocho – because asking again, might help make depression a little more bearable.
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Importance of Social Support System

Social Support System

Having a strong support system helps decrease the feeling of loneliness and increases the ability to feel hope. If you know someone who is suffering from depression or exhibiting suicidal tendencies, reach out and offer your support. Together against depression, we can make a difference.
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Our focus

Mental health concerns are some of the most misunderstood conditions in our times. Not only are they feared by societies, but the stigma has also led to a lack of knowledge and understanding about these issues.
The Live Love Laugh Foundation focuses on three types of mental health concerns:
Stress

Stress

Linked to diabetes, heart disease, and practically every mental health condition, stress is not to be taken lightly. But with knowledge and a few lifestyle changes, it can be helped.

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Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry. Severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, and have a serious impact on daily life.

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Depression

Depression

The World Health Organization characterizes depression as one of the most disabling disorders in the world. Yet, with the right action and knowledge it can be managed and treated.
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You are not alone. There are others who have the same questions, concerns, & doubts.Find a Therapist

Helpline

The helpline numbers are listed for referral purposes only, and we do not make any recommendations or guarantees regarding the quality of response and medical advice you might receive from any of the helplines.
iCall
022-25521111
iCALL is a service from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), run by trained mental health professionals.

08 AM - 10 PM | Monday to Saturday

Parivarthan
+91 7676 602 602
Parivarthan Counselling, Training & Research Centre is a registered, non-profit society that provides services in the field of mental health.

04 PM - 10 PM | Monday to Friday

Sahai
080 – 25497777
Sahai is a service provided by Medico Pastoral Association (MPA). MPA is a 51 years old psycho social rehabilitation home for people with mental health issues.
10 AM - 08 PM | Monday to Saturday

Sumaitri
011-23389090
Sumaitri is a crisis intervention centre for the depressed, distressed and suicidal.

02 PM - 10 PM | Monday to Friday
10 AM - 10 PM | Saturday & Sunday

Sneha
044-24640050
Sneha Sneha is a suicide prevention organisation that offers unconditional emotional support for the depressed, desperate and the suicidal. 24 Hours | Monday to Sunday.
08 AM - 10 PM | 044-24640060
Lifeline
033-24637401
Lifeline Foundation is a suicide prevention NGO based in Kolkata and conducts various outreach programs across the city.

10 AM - 06 PM | 033-24637432

COOJ
0832-2252525
COOJ Mental Health Foundation (COOJ) works towards promoting mental health in Goa.

03 PM - 07 PM | Monday to Friday

Roshni
040-66202000
Roshni Trust provides free and confidential service to the depressed & the suicidal.

11 AM - 09 PM | Monday to Saturday


Phone #2: 040-66202001
Samaritans Mumbai
+91 84229 84528
Call Samaritans Mumbai if you are disturbed, stressed, depressed or suicidal.

03 PM - 09 PM | Monday to Saturday


For Friends & Family

Taking care of a person who is going through stress, anxiety or depression requires a lot of understanding and love on your part, but more importantly the right information. Sometimes, even enthusiasm and love, can prove hostile, intrusive and counterproductive. It’s important to bear in mind that the best thing you can give them is your patience and acceptance of the situation.

Know how you can care for them with the right kind of help.
Prepare before offering Care
How to make their days better
Prepare before offering Care
If you have discovered that a friend or family member is going through depression/ stress/ anxiety issues and have decided to be their constant support, here are a few things that you must be prepared for before starting to tend to them
Do Research

Do Research

There are plenty of websites, blogs and articles on the internet that will help you identify what type of malady the person is experiencing. You can read up on symptoms and causes to narrow down on one cause that you think is affecting them.
Observe and Log

Observe and Log

Observe the person’s behaviour, daily routine and activities and then log them. This will help you identify the symptoms, causes and behavioural patterns to get a clearer picture of what exactly the individual is going through. Remember to do it in an unobvious and unintrusive way.
Therapist

Talk to a Therapist

Sometimes complex conditions have varied symptoms and it may be hard to find out what exactly is wrong. Often, such symptoms of the mind may be a combination of two or more conditions, for example – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may be accompanied with chronic depression. See a therapist and explain the behaviour and symptoms before you start to attend to that person.
Manage Time

Manage Time and Work

If you have decided to get involved directly, remember that it may have adverse effects on you as well. So dealing with two stressful situations may not be good. Get a part time job (if possible) to reduce the stress on yourself and devote energy to the individual.
Manage Finances

Manage Finances

In case you are caring for a person who is battling through such concerns, you might have to spend extra money on therapist visits and medication. So working out a budget in advance will help reduce the burden.
We understand that it is quite a challenge to care for a person who is low and down for the major part of the time. Consider yourself gifted because it’s a role that not many can do justice to. It requires immense patience, understanding and the will to go on. Here are a few tips that will make it easier for you and the person you are caring for.

Understand the person

The situation that they are going through cannot be quantified or categorized. Getting upset might seem to be an easier way to deal with the pressure, but always remember that the person you are caring for cannot function or think the way you do. So if something you did or said caused some kind of tension between you two, try to rephrase or explain it in a calm way.
Be patient

Be patient

Think of the person as a knotted mind, undoing it will take time and for that you will need a lot of patience. It is not something that can be sorted solely with medication; it might require therapy, medication or even a combination of both. Whatever it is, it will still take time.
Motivate

Motivate

Caring for someone who is facing the doldrums of life will require you to constantly motivate them for the smallest of things. There may be certain everyday activities that they might not like or be able to perform with full capacity, it’s your motivation that will play a key role in urging them to complete such tasks.
Have Confidence

Have Confidence

You might keep trying but even then don’t see the desired results. This might break your confidence and more often force you to give up. Please remember that it can be a difficult experience for the people you are caring for as they are already comfortable with your care. So be confident and don’t blame yourself for everything.
Time Out

Give Time Outs

Being around the individual constantly doesn’t help. You need to decide on how much time the one you’re tending to needs to spend alone. Although being solitary all the time might not be good for him/ her, at least an hour or two alone can be beneficial.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
I feel like I am depressed and don’t know what to do!
Statistics suggest 1 in 5 people will suffer some form of depression in their lifetime, so remember you are not alone. You can reach out to our helpline’s to talk to someone.
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I have a friend/family member who I think is depressed and/or may have suicide tendencies.
The best form of help you can give is support. Alternatively visit our Find a therapist page to find help near you. You can also reach out to any of the helpline numbers on our website for more support.
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I am/my family member is going through a tough time and we would like to send a message to Deepika Padukone.
The foundation was established to build awareness about mental health and de-stigmatize conversations about seeking help for mental illnesses. We would encourage you to reach out to a professional listed on the website for the same.
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I want to be a part of this cause. How can I help?
Thank you for your support, we truly appreciate it!
  • If you are a survivor we would love to hear your story. Your personal details will be kept confidential.
  • If you are a qualified therapist and would like to offer your services you can register your self here.
  • If you want to host a school program at your school, please click the button below to fill up the form.
  • We currently do not have any open volunteer positions. However, you can sign up here to list your details and we will get in touch with you accordingly

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I live abroad and would like to partner with the foundation / I would like to open a branch of the foundation in my country.
At the moment, we are not looking at expanding the foundation. We will keep your details on record and reach out to out if required. You can sign up here.
Sign Up as a Volunteer
I live outside of India and would like to make a donation.
As we are yet to complete the 3-year requisite, we are in the process of getting our FCRA license, which allows us to receive funds from outside of India. While we cannot accept foreign donations, we request you to continue to support the cause and follow the foundations work for any developments on this.
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