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Episode 15 – Managing Your Mental Health

Hi everyone,

I hope you all are doing fine. Presenting the 15th episode of my Mental Health Awareness Series ” Humanity Ki Chain”.

The 15th guest joining us today is Anupama Dalmia.

In this episode, she is talking about how we need to have a sensible approach while talking to someone, empathize with others, and also take care of our own mental health.

Anupama Dalmia is a 20-time award-winning blogger, author, serial entrepreneur with 3 ventures, social Influencer, creative writing mentor, choreographer, and mom to a 5-year-old.

She is a Karamveer Chakra Awardee which is a Global Civilian Honour and also plays the role of a Sheroes Champion as a part of which she motivates a community of 15 million women.

She has worked in the rehabilitation of human trafficking survivors and has to date spoken to close to 150 women in distress.

She has been listed among the top bloggers and Influencers of India on multiple platforms and her journey as a writer, influencer and entrepreneur has been covered by media portals like Indian Express, YourStory, The Better India, and Deccan Chronicle.

Connect with her here:

Website: http://anupamadalmia.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/anupamadalmia1982/

Instagram Handle: http://www.instagram.com/anupamadalmia82

Twitter Handle: http://twitter.com/Anupama_Dalmia

Please stay home and stay safe.

Love and gratitude

Priyanka Nair


List Of Mental Health Helplines

Hi everyone,

For many of us the year 2020 is proving to be the worst year of our life. We all so regret this year, isn’t it? With the recent Coronavirus pandemic and lot of stress associated with it, we have witnessed a paradigm shift in the economy and lifestyle. Things are not normal and we are adjusting to the new normal of our lives with a lot of struggle.

Besides this, we all have many other reasons to feel stressed, low and depressed, some of us were already going through a lot in personal and professional life and with this pandemic it has only made things more complicated.

As I always promote mental health, I would like to tell you that I am there and you can reach out to me whenever you want to talk and share or discuss any thing which is bothering you. Sometimes all you need is a non-judgmental and unbiased listening which I am open to do.

I have also curated a list of global helpline for the ones who have no one to listen and need help, as a society this is the time we should be there for each other in what ever way possible.

Be there. Be aware. Take care and please do not be ashamed of seeking help from anyone. It is ok to not to be ok, but not ok to not talk about it and suffer in silence alone.


Fortis Exam Helpline – +918376804102

The Fortis National Helpline number is for students or parents with queries related to stress, mental wellbeing, exam tips or even to consult a team of experts and behavioural psychologists.

24 X 7

iCALL – 022-25521111 / ICALL@TISS.EDU

iCall is a service from TISS, run by trained mental health professionals. iCALL provides emotional support, information and referral services to individuals in psycho-social distress, across the life span and across different gender and sexual identities.


PARIVARTHAN Counselling, Training and Research Centre – 080- 65333323

Providing multimodal services in the field of mental health, this Helpline is serviced by trained, professional counsellors.

4 PM – 10 PM, MON – FRI

Sahai – 080-25497777 / SAHAIHELPLINE@GMAIL.COM

This helpline is a service provided by Medico Pastoral Association (MPA) and is run by trained active volunteers. If any caller requires face to face counselling, they are referred to MPA counsellors who are fully trained.


Sumaitri – 011-23389090 / FEELINGSUICIDAL@SUMAITRI.NET

A crisis intervention centre for the depressed, distressed and suicidal. The Helpline provides unconditional and unbiased emotional support to callers, visitors or those who write in.



Working in the area of mental health, and providing emotional support AASRA offers a helpline service and walk-in center. The Helpline is answered by professionally trained volunteers who provide non-judgmental and non-critical listening.


Sneha – 044-24640050 (24 HOURS) / 044-24640060 8 AM – 10 PM / HELP@SNEHAINDIA.ORG

A suicide prevention organisation that offers emotional support for the depressed, desperate and the suicidal.

Lifeline – LIFELINEKOLKATA@GMAIL.COM – 033-24637401 / 033-24637432

Lifeline offers a free tele-helpline providing emotional support to people who are in despair, depressed or suicidal. Face to face befriending with prior appointment is also available.

10 AM – 6 PM

COOJ Mental Health Foundation – 0832-2252525 / YOUMATTERBYCOOJ@GMAIL.COM

This helpline offers emotional support individuals dealing with suicidal thoughts, as well as those experiencing other levels of distress. It is run by volunteers trained in Mindfulness Based Active Listening.


Vandrevala Foundation – 1860-266-2345 /

This organization is run by trained counsellors and is 24×7


Roshni – +9140 – 6620 2000 / 6620 2001 /

They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include depression, distress and suicide


Connecting…NGO – 1800-843-4353

They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include awareness and psychoeducation programs


Samaritans Mumbai – +91 84229 84528 / +91 84229 84529 / +84229 84530 / TALK2SAMARITANS@GMAIL.COM

They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include depression, suicide and stress. They are available on email, phone and in-person free services.



Mind helpline
0300 123 3393

The Samaritans
116 123

New Zealand

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Samaritans – 0800 726 666

Depression-specific helplines

Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions)

www.depression.org.nz – includes The Journal online help service

SPARX.org.nz – online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed

Sexuality or gender identity helpline

OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE) provides confidential telephone support

Helplines for children and young people

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat

thelowdown.co.nz – or email team@thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626

What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, 12noon–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available from 3pm–10pm 7 days a week, including all public holidays.

Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.

Help for parents, family and friends

Commonground – a website hub providing parents, family, whānau and friends with access to information, tools and support to help a young person who is struggling.

EDANZ – improving outcomes for people with eating disorders and their families. Freephone 0800 2 EDANZ or 0800 233 269, or in Auckland 09 522 2679. Or email info@ed.org.nz.

Parent Help – 0800 568 856 for parents/whānau seeking support, advice and practical strategies on all parenting concerns. Anonymous, non-judgemental and confidential.

Family Services 211 Helpline – 0800 211 211 for help finding (and direct transfer to) community based health and social support services in your area.

Skylight – 0800 299 100 for support through trauma, loss and grief; 9am–5pm weekdays.

Supporting Families In Mental Illness – For families and whānau supporting a loved one who has a mental illness. Auckland 0800 732 825. Find other regions’ contact details here.

Other specialist helplines

Alcohol and Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797 or online chat

Are You OK – 0800 456 450 family violence helpline

Gambling Helpline – 0800 654 655

Anxiety phone line – 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)

Seniorline – 0800 725 463 A free information service for older people

0508MUSICHELP – The Wellbeing Service is a 24/7 online, on the phone and in-person counselling service fully funded by the NZ Music Foundation and provided free of charge to those in the Kiwi music community who can’t access the help they need due to hardship and other circumstances. Call 0508 MUSICHELP.

Shine – 0508 744 633 confidential domestic abuse helpline

Quit Line – 0800 778 778 smoking cessation help

Vagus Line – 0800 56 76 666 (Mon, Wed, Fri 12 noon – 2pm). Promote family harmony among Chinese, enhance parenting skills, decrease conflict among family members (couple, parent-child, in-laws) and stop family violence

Women’s Refuge Crisisline – 0800 733 843 (0800 REFUGE) (for women living with violence, or in fear, in their relationship or family)

Shakti Crisis Line – 0800 742 584 (for migrant or refugee women living with family violence

Rape Crisis – 0800 883 300 (for support after rape or sexual assault)

Warmlines for consumers of mental health services

Free peer support services for people experiencing mental illness or those supporting them

Canterbury and West Coast – 03 379 8415 / 0800 899 276 (1pm to midnight, seven nights)

Wellington 0800 200 207 (7pm–1am, Tuesday to Sunday)

Auckland Central 0508 927 654 or 0508 WARMLINE (8pm to midnight, seven nights)

South Africa

South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) Helplines:

Suicide Crisis Helpline:
0800 567 567

24hr Substance Abuse Helpline:
0800 12 13 14

Mental Health Helplines:
0800 456 789
0800 21 22 23
SMS 31393



Mentally Aware Nigeria (MANI)



13 11 14

Beyond Blue
1300 22 4636

Suicide callback service
1300 659 467

The MindSpot Clinic
1800 61 44 34

Kids Helpline | Phone Counselling Service | 1800 55 1800

https://kidshelpline.com.au/ We are Kids HelplineKids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.


Source : United for Global Mental Health

10 Things I Do To Keep Up My Sanity

Being a Mental Health Advocate, I am someone who talks about raising mental health awareness and share all the possible tricks and hacks to save sanity for my readers, on the contrary, I am not even allowed to feel stressed or complain about it. Just because I promote it full-fledged I think I have made an impact that I never feel vulnerable and I am a positive person in every situation.

Big Misconception! Even I feel low, even I cry, even I feel emotionally drained and exhausted but important is that I continuously work on it. I follow what I share on my blogs and videos (not preach) I understand, I could empathize and I can proudly call myself a good and active listener.

We always find haters around us and I have been like told by them that I must follow the advice I give to others, so I just decided to pen down a few advice I give to others, taking out my time, putting in a lot of effort and upgrading myself by getting at least 6 certificates in this field. I guess that is crazy enough to show how much I am dedicated and committed to raising mental health awareness.

10 Things I Do to Keep up my Sanity

1.) Exercise

Any form of it, Yoga, Meditation, Cycling, Pilates, or even dance. I keep myself moving. Nowadays I cycle for at least 30 minutes then if I am in the mood I do another 30 minutes yoga asanas.

I enjoy stretching my body and I love the connection I have with myself.

2.) Music

One of the best therapies for many and I am sure all of you will relate to this, music works for everyone because we have music for all ears.

3.) Art/Gardening

I am connected to art ever since my childhood, I have always loved to paint and create some recycled stuff. I create Mandalas, little canvas paintings, and even DIYs. It is a wonderful getaway from stress and it keeps you intrigued constructively. (Also adds beauty to your house:) )

4.) Writing

Writing is cathartic and hence I have two blogs that I try to keep updated. This is my personal blog and I have a professional blog Sanity Daily, wherein I write fully researched topics, with a lot of effort, with at least 2000 words per bog and I try to put a soul in each and every blog I create just to be a medium to ease someone’s agony.

5.) Reading

Reading takes you to a different world. It helps you to escape from daily intricacies of life and you learn a lot when you read books written by different authors. It helps you understand their perspective and sometimes change yours.

6.) Staying away from negative people

I was very unsuccessful in doing this, but now I draw a firm line and I don’t let everyone cross that line. I stay away from people who don’t like me much, you can’t see me growing. I stay away from everything which causes drama and unnecessary stress in life.

7.) Investing in self

I learn new things, I involve my daughter in everything I do. I keep on reading and learning about new things. There is a lot to learn and when you are an open learner you never cease to grow and you don’t dwell into small talks, gossips, and demeaning others.

8.) Setting realistic goals

I know my capacities than anybody else and I know how far I can stretch myself. I set realistic goals for myself and I keep a check on them. I always maintain a daily to-do list and set deadlines for each work, which helps me to monitor my growth.

9.) Being grateful

For all the things I lose, all the friends or people I lose, I count my blessings. Nothing stays forever and there would hardly anyone by your side till the end , so keep moving even if you are alone and you will always have something or someone to be grateful for.

10.) Not seeking validation

This came very late for me. I wanted everyone and I wanted everyone to be happy. I wanted to get support and validation from my people for what all I do, but only a few years back I realized that not everyone will love you or like what you do. Not everyone will appreciate you and that is perfectly fine.

You are here to stay and not to please people. This might sound like a ranting post, but I feel sometimes it is ok to feel not ok and say it loud because when you convey something softly people take you for granted and leave their toxicity to you.

All the things I have mentioned above and other countless daily things being a mother, I do it all to keep up with my sanity and that’s how I gain strength to spread awareness, mental illness is for real, and working on it is essential. I somehow heal by helping others. So that’s me 🙂

Stop for nothing, acknowledge how you feel, work on it, stand up and give it back.

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka Nair