Resources You Can Use



Here’s a handy list of Emergency Helplines and Counselling Centres across India. There are times one feels overwhelmed, alone and utterly hopeless. You are not alone. Do get in touch with these organisations.

Helplines that may be approached in times of need are:


  • The Samaritans Mumbai
    022 6464 3267, 022 6565 3267, 022 6565 3247
    Email: [email protected], Mumbai
  • MINDS Gujarat – +919033837227; [email protected],
    Bhavnagar and Vadodara, Gujarat
  • Sikkim – 221152, Police Control Room, Gangtok
  • iCall – +91 22 2556 3291,
    e-mail – [email protected], Mumbai
  • Thanal – 0495 237 1100
    E-mail – [email protected], Calicut,  Kerala
  • Prathyasa – +91-480 – 2820091, Irinjalakuda
  • Saath – 079 2630 5544, 079 2630 0222 Ahmedabad
  • Lifeline Foundation – +91 33 24637401, +91 33 24637432 Kolkata
  • Connecting India – 9922001122, 18002094353
    Website –, Pune 411001
  • Nagpur Suicide Prevention Helpline – 8888817666
  • Sneha – 91-44-2464 0050, 91-44-2464 0060

    Maitreyi – +91-413-339999

Know more about your condition, symptoms and methods to cope with them.
Loads of reading material, Blogs, websites and videos which can help Bipolar as well as Depression affected is available on the web and in print.

Knowledge empowers us, inspirational stories spark hope where there is none.


FEELING GOOD  by Dr.David Burns
At a time when I needed it the most, this Book came as a blessing!
It had a profound impact on me and changed my thought process entirely: for the better.
The Book is based about CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). How it worked is that it made me introspect on my though processes: essentially, our thoughts determine our moods. I am not suggesting that our mood disorders do not have a deeper, more fundamental basis. By adopting the strategies propounded by Dr.Burns, I managed to bring myself out of a crippling depressive phase. (As such anti-depressants are quite ineffective for treating the depression phase of Bipolar Disorder) .

Dr.Brian Weiss: Many Lives Many Masters

This is a path breaking work by a practicing Psychiatrist on Past lives, reincarnation and the connection to health issues: he has actually used his research in Past Life Regression therapy to heal many of his Patients. It enabled me to see the bigger picture. The canvas of life is much bigger than we can ever imagine!

A BIPOLAR’S JOURNEY~ From Torment to Fulfillment ~ Vijay Nallawala
If I may humbly add my own Book to this list, purely for one reason. This is the very first (and only?) such book written by a bipolar in India about his recovery journey. It therefore is a perspective from South Asia, relevant to conditions prevailing here. Do not go my word,
read the Foreword by Jennifer Sertl provided in above link. Also get to read the first few chapters to get a feel of it.

The D-Word~ A Survivor’s Guide To Depression ~ By Shubhrata Prakash
If depression has made inroads into your life, this book tells you not to lose hope. Drawing from real-life experience and meticulous research, Shubhrata Prakash shares her expert knowledge on what it means to have depression, how to identify your particular strain and overcome your sense of hopelessness.


There’s so much of research material, new studies, news about breakthroughs available on the internet, keep yourself abreast of it, without getting overwhelmed by it.

The Most Comprehensive Articles I have yet found on Bipolar Disorder:

American Psychological Association 

International Bipolar Foundation 


Psych Central


Post on Bipolar:
At the Crossroads of Life : an account of how Bipolar pulled the carpet under my feet