If you’re trou­bled, there’s help on­line

Mid Day - - OUR CITY -

WITH World Hy­per­ten­sion Day to­mor­row, Mum­baikars are turn­ing to the in­ter­net to seek help for emo­tional and men­tal health prob­lems. HealthE­minds (www.healthe­minds.com), a Ban­ga­lore-based web­site that of­fers con­fi­den­tial ther­apy via on­line real-time face to face video ses­sions to peo­ple un­der­go­ing emo­tional and men­tal prob­lems has 1200 peo­ple from the city call­ing ev­ery month.

Anita Puri, Co-founder of HealthE­minds says, “We have 40 ex­perts from across In­dia who of­fers their ex­per­tise in var­i­ous fields. Peo­ple mostly seek help with re­spect to de­pres­sion, mar­riage coun­selling, ad­dic­tions, stress and anx­i­ety. The ses­sions are for 45 min­utes to an hour.”

Pre­clud­ing taboo and lack of time as an ex­cuse, this in­no­va­tive plat­form sees more than 200 calls per day from across In­dia. With ‘It’s good to ask for help’ as its tagline, this por­tal is a life­saver for those in need of a lis­ten­ing ear. Tech­nol­ogy for a good cause, help­ing to make the city men­tally healthy, gets a thumbs up from us.

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