Maithri, Kochi is a registered non-governmental organisation
in Kochi (Cochin), working for suicide
prevention in Kerala. It operates as part of
Maithri Foundation Trust, a public charitable trust registered under
the Charitable Trusts Act,1952. Maithri is a member of Befrienders
India, the India Chapter of Befrienders
Worldwide(formerly Befrienders International). Maithri follows Befrienders
International's Charter, which
summarises its vision, mission, values and principles. The motto of Maithri is ‘suicide prevention
with people’s participation.’
Our vision is for a
society in which fewer people die by suicide, and where people are able
to explore their own feelings, and acknowledge and respect the feelings
As member centres our mission is:
confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings
of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide and
to share information and work together, for greater efficacy.
Our objective- Befriending
among public about spotting suicidal tendencies and symptoms among self and others.
Providing solace to depressed and
disturbed minds through active listening.
awareness about Maithri and other similar organisations that work
towards suicide-prevention and awareness generation.
and groups to discuss and provide support and help to those needing
Training volunteers to
deliver quality education on stress, mental health and suicide
Increasing external communication
between organisations like Maithri by providing quality communication
believes that vast majority of suicides taking place around us can be
prevented and that deliberate self-harm is the last option for the
distressed person. It is not uncommon, in the present day Kerala
society, that a distressed person finds it difficult to reach
out to an understanding fellow human being to
ventilate himself. Any contact with Maithri is being pursued as a
cry for help. What Maithri offers to such fellow beings is unconditional
friendship (maithri) in an atmosphere
of trust and confidence
The organisation is run by volunteers who lend an understanding ear to any person in distress wanting to
talk to another human being, in an atmosphere of respect, trust and
Maithri offers befriending to
any person who reaches out for help, whether suicidal or not.
Services offered: Maithri offers emotional support to persons
undergoing emotional distress, who may be in imminent danger of taking
their own lives. Maithri’s services can be
· Personal visits to the center
· Contacting the centre through Telephone
· Sending a letter to the centre
· Sending an e-mail
Some of our other services
year 1997 and 1998 there were about a dozen of suicides in connection
with the failure in matriculation examination. From the year 1999, this
prompted Maithri to initiate a 24 hour telephone helpline, for some
days, in connection with the publication of the SSLC results. This
program is being continued every year during the time of examination
results. Maithri has so far helped more than 10000 students.
has designed a Project for providing proper mental health guidance to
students. The project was implemented in all Higher Secondary Schools
of Ernakulam District with the help of District Administration and
volunteers visit Relief Settlement Centre for providing an opportunity
for destitute inmates to ventilate their painful feelings. Maithiri provides this spot
befriending service during various outreach programmes conducted in
different education institutions.
provide an opportunity to ventilate the feelings of the family members
of those who have died prematurely or by suicide, Maithri sends consoling
letters offering emotional support. This unique project is the first
one of its kind and has invited international attention.
volunteers visit the family members of those who die by suicide and
provide emotional support. Since no suicide prevention plan is complete
without catering to the need of the survivors, Maithri has
designed this novel Project for
providing ventilation to the survivors.
The volunteer present at the
center will spend time with the visitor (or the caller) for as long as
is desired by him/her. No appointment is needed and no fees accepted.
Anonymity of the person who contacted will be protected. On receiving requests from
persons or groups promoting suicide-prevention in Kerala, out-reach
How we started: Maithri started functioning from the Sahrudaya
Buildings, on Rajagiri
Road, Kalamassery on 17th June,
1995. In November 1998, the center was shifted to Kochi to facilitate easy access to
the callers and volunteers alike. On 2nd October 2007, we shifted to
the present premises in Kalamassery. Our history
recounts the inception process and the ongoing saga of Maithri, and the suicide-prevention
movement in Kerala.
National CSR (Corporate
Social Responsibility) Hub, under the Department of Public Enterprises,
Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of
India has appraised the work of Maithri and noted its organisational
capacities. Maithri has been provisionally empanelled with the National
CSR Hub in the area of Mental health in the state of Kerala, India.
Maithri institute for
research and outreach MIRO is an initiative by Maithri
Foundation Trust to reach out to the vulnerable sections of the
population, and to generate greater awareness regarding suicide.
MIRO is located at:
H-2104, Jawaharlal Nehru International
Kaloor, Kochi – 682017, Kerala.
Phone +91 484 2342703.
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Maithri's funding is entirely through contributions from the
of greeting cards and raffle-tickets occasionally supplement the
contributions. Support Maithri and support
suicide-prevention in Kerala.