Suicide Prevention & Crisis Helplines In India

Today some of us learned about the death of a former colleague. Apparently he committed suicide. Not only am I saddened and chocked on learning the news I am also angry. Angry at learning about the details behind the reason why this man, who is around my age, decided that he could not handle life anymore and took the drastic decision to end his life. Such a shame. He also has children.

If You Know Someone in Crisis this is one of the numbers you can call :
91-9820466726 Hours : 24 hours, 7 days a week Languages : English, Hindi.

Crisis helplines & Suicide Prevention numbers:
112 is the national emergency number for India. Call 112.

Kiran: 1800-599-0019. A national 24/7 toll free helpline launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to help people with suicidal thoughts, depression and other mental health issues.

1Life ( +91 78930 78930, a 24/7 helpline for suicide prevention and crisis support

Sneha India ( is available 24/7 on the phone by calling +91 44 24640050 or +91 44 2464 0060.

iCall ( +91 9152987821 (Mon to Sat from 10 am – 8 pm). It is a telephone and email based counselling service run by School of Human Ecology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, that offers free telephone and email-based counseling services.

5 Interesting Facts About Nurses

May 12th is considered to be International Nurses Day. I missed the exact date but I would like to share some interesting facts about nurses and the nursing profession.

The 1st nursing school was established in India in 250 B.C.

During this time, only men were allowed to attend the school because they were viewed as more¬† pure than women. Now¬†¬†woman practically dominate the field statistically. Data from the 2009 U.S Department of Health and Human Services stated that approximately 5.8% of nurses in the U.S were male. It wasn’t until the 1800s that nursing truly became a systematized practice.

 Nurses are consistently named one of the most trusting professions.

The annual Gallup Survey has named nursing as the highest-trusted profession for the 14th year in a row. Nurses are viewed as having high ethical and honesty standards by 85% of the public who took the survey.

There are over 100 nursing professions to choose from.

According to, there are currently 104 nursing professions to choose from. Nursing is one of the most customizable careers you could pursue, as there are several types of degrees, certifications, job characteristics and categories you can select from. Some of these categories include:

  • Advanced Practice
  • Clinical
  • Community
  • Surgical
  • Family
  • Management

Nurses walk on average 4 miles a day.

A MEDSURG Nursing study called¬†How Far Do Nurses Walk?¬†found that¬†146 nurses walked an average of 4-5 miles¬†total during their 12-hour shift. Compare that to the average American, who only walks 2.5-3 miles on average daily.¬†Its¬†no surprise that nurses manage to get those steps in¬†they’re on their feet for 12 hours straight!

Only 3 of 5 nurses actually work in hospitals.

Most nurses work in hospitals, but like mentioned above, there are nearly 3 million RNs practicing in the United States. Want to work in a school? What about hospice care? Thought about nursing in the homes of patients? There is a long list of possible locations and job titles that determine where a nurse will work. Some non-hospital nursing careers include: nurse midwife, forensic nurse, nurse educator, school nurse, academic nurse writer, and legal nurse consultant. With a nursing degree and specialized training, nurses don’t only have to work in hospitals anymore!