Free Counselling - in person; soon - online

Banjara Academy offers free counselling for child, adolescent, family and inter-personal emotional problems. Trained lay counsellors of Helping Hand, as well as specialists such as psychologists, pediatrician, special educator, etc. are available at RT Nagar, Basavanagudi, BSK 2nd stage, and Indiranagar centres. Two hundred other volunteers work in rotation in the major hospitals of the city providing support and relief to patients and their attendants.

Helping Hand

Banjara helping hand office - A non-profit society"Helping  Hand" is a twenty-five year old free  counselling  service. A non-profit society  manned  entirely  by  qualified and lay volunteers, we provide emotional support and guidance to persons with any form of family issues, distress or interpersonal needs. People can come in person without any appointment, call over the phone or write to us. Everyone is given individual, confidential and free attention, and is empowered to take the right decisions to overcome or cope with the situation. The counselling is non-religious, non-political, unbiased   and   in strictest confidence.

AT  HOSPITALS : We have a force of over 250 volunteers manning the helpdesks  in the emergency and outpatient departments of  10  major hospitals    of   the   city. Our volunteers   give    emotional support, empathy and any other personal assistance required by patients and their caretakers. The hospitals where  our volunteers  are present  every day include  the  largest  public hospitals like Victoria & Bowring, Kidwai Hospital  of Cancer, NIMHANS, M.S.Ramiah, St  John's, Baptist, Mallya, Manipal etc. Some volunteers spend time with the under-served children in various institutions and schools.

FREE ONGOING TRAINING : Regular free training is provided to volun­teers (and also to others who are interested) by  lectures on important topics  of  human behavior, on the first Friday and third Thursday of  every month, as follows:
First Friday of the month, 5 p.m. at Indian Institute of World Culture, B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi.
Third Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m. at R T Nagar centre.


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