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Non-stop work for helplines

mumbai Updated: May 27, 2010 01:23 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Telephones of helpline services have been ringing constantly with exam results being announced.

Vandrewala Foundation’s 24-hour helpline has been getting at least 60 calls per shift — the helpline runs three shifts. “When students call, it’s like a cry for help. It’s our job to counsel and motivate them,” said Priya Dutta, one of the telephone counsellors.

The 24-hour suicide prevention helpline, Aasra, has been getting about 100 calls on an average.

“Most callers are anxious about having done poorly or whether they will get admission to college of their choice,” said Johnson Thomas, director of the helpline.

Experts have asked parents and teachers to be alert if the child shows signs such as loss of appetite, lethargy, nervousness, low moods, lack of motivation and sleep disturbances.

Helpline numbers

Vandrewala Foundation: 25706000
Aasra: 27546669