Mental health

Click here for a downloadable pdf listing of support groups and resources for mental health issues; this listing is the result of a collaborative effort between the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) and Caregivers Link, and is in the nature of a reference directory. It is not a prescription or recommendation and users are responsible for deciding and assessing for themselves the suitability or otherwise of any of the resources included.

Please share your experiences, email us and help create this resource listing. We are looking for professional organisations and individuals who work with and support informal caregivers and the families of persons with mental health challenges.


Maitri works in Mumbai with family members/caregivers of patients with schizophrenia. They do individual one-on-one counselling with patients, family members and caregivers and also have support group meetings for family members twice a month. Dr. Harish Shetty is a founder member of the group which may be contacted at: Nityanand Clinics, Nityanand Nagar 3, S.N. Marg, Andheri(East), Mumbai-400069.
Ph: +91-22-2683 8895 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-22-2683 8895 end_of_the_skype_highlighting / 26838428/ 2684 0720 (Contact person: Ms. Samrin Shaikh)

The Vandrevala Foundation – In 2009 they launched “The Mental Health Initiative – India” as a part of which they run a 24×7 crisis intervention helpline for patients, families and others dealing with mental health issues. They also have a 24×7 face-to-face counselling service.
The helpline number is +91-22-25706000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-22-25706000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting


The Schizophrenia Awareness Association in Pune has many programs that focus on the needs of caregivers and care receivers in the field of schizophrenia and other mental disorders. At their centre in Dhayari, Self Help Support Groups (SHSGs) of persons with schizophrenia and other mental disorders and SHSGs of their family caregivers meet, interact, engage in therapeutic, vocational, and recreational pursuits, attend knowledge and awareness events, air their views and share their problems, thoughts, feelings and perceptions. Read about our visit to the SAA here.

For more information, visit their website

Contact details:
Schizophrenia Awareness Association
Kamalini Kruti Bhawan, 14, Ganesh Nagar,
Dhayari Road, Pune 411041.
Phone: 020-64700920/24391202