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HSC results out, time for helplines Afternoon Despatch and Courrier


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HSC results out, time for helplines

Friday, May 31, 2013
By Tariq Khan
With the declaration of the state HSC results yesterday, in which 1.4 million students appeared, the variouhs helplines have swung into action. Among them is Aasrra, a Navi Mumbai based helpline to assist students who are depressed following their results.

When ADC contacted Johnson Thomas, Director, Aasra, which has been providing counseling to depressed students over the years, he said, “Every day we receive 32 to 35 phone calls from depressed students and at times from their parents too. We counsel them, help calm them down and bring them to a point where they can talk about their results.Basically, we help them voice their negative energies and see the world in a different perspective.”

“Aasra has been helpful to scores of students. We are a national helpline. Students studying abroad also call us. From the beginning of January to June, we receive maximum calls from students and their parents. Also, doctors and psychiatrists, medical stores, communication centres, book stores, cafes and libraries carry our posters and bookmarks,” he added.

Anyone who wishes to contact Aasra can phone 022-2754 6669/6667 or visit www.aasra.info

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