About the Initiative

An initiative of OMPHI Foundation, Psychologists for India is an organized group of over 150 passionate and trained psychologist volunteers who have joined hands to provide free of cost mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The volunteers are skilled in diverse domains of mental health and hold varying levels of expertise.

Through this helpline we provide safe, empathetic and non-judgemental yet active listening to individuals who may be experiencing a range of difficult emotions. We provide an interim and immediate support and guidance in times of crisis and help the individual in cases of life risk to reach out to more adequate support systems.

Our major focus is on the Indian workforce and its mental well-being but are also receiving calls from anyone in need.

Mental Health and the Indian Workforce : Current Scenario

India has a total workforce of 52 crore individuals. 20% or 10 crore individuals are migrant workers and 90% of the total workforce are in the informal sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disturbances in the physical, psychological, social, and financial well-being at individual as well as community levels.

8 crore of migrants can no longer afford the burden of staying put in urban areas1
20% rise in mental illness cases as per Indian Psychiatric Society 3
42.5% of the employees in the private sector of corporate India suffer from depression or some form anxiety disorder5
An estimated 122 million people lost their jobs in April alone and three-quarters of these were small traders and wage labourers 2
25-30% migrant labourers show signs of high anxiety and depression4
Anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and frustration due to isolation are commonly experienced feelings6

Our Impact

Since our inception in March 2020, we have made a significant impact and are helping the average Indian worker better manage their mental health. We thank all our volunteers and collaborators for their efforts.

400+

Seafarers who are on ships since months assisted

100+

Automotive Plant workers supported

500+

General employees from wholesalers and trader markets supported

150+

Volunteer Psychologists

1000+

General Calls Supported

10+

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