The Vandrevala Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation founded and funded by Cyrus Vandrevala and Priya Hiranandani-Vandrevala. Through our founders’ support, the charity aims to provide significant funding and aid contributions for those suffering from mental health issues in India.
Current programmes supported by the Vandrevala Foundation include a major Mental Health Initiative in India, which has launched initial aid with a 24- hour, seven-days-a-week Mental Health Helpline to aid patients, their relatives and others struggling with mental health problems and illnesses. The Helpline currently operates in Delhi, Mumbai, Surat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat and Pune in India. Advice and assistance is available in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English.
The founders have also helped to create a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week counselling centre in Mumbai, with face-to-face treatment for those suffering with mental health problems and illnesses.
In addition to these initial ventures, the Vandrevala Foundation has also created an anti-stigma campaign for the education of the general public. This is designed to help dispel negative beliefs about those suffering from mental illness.
In 2012, the Vandrevala Foundation supported and continues to support the Maharashtra local government in rebuilding and restructuring the Thane Mental Hospital, which has the capacity of supporting 1,856 people in its beds. This significant gesture will help with establishing treatment for those in need.
The Foundation continues in its efforts to tackle problems such as the lack of treatment resources and facilities for the mentally ill; and social discrimination against those suffering with mental health problems.