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AASRA (stylized: आसRa) is a Mumbai-based mental health NGO which is noted for operating a 24-hour Helpline to cater to suicidal and emotionally distressed individuals.[2][3] The service is an offshoot of Befrienders Worldwide and Samaritans, whose India chapter was established in 1960.

MottoHelping people in despair
Founded13 September 1998 (1998-09-13)
FocusMental Health, Telephone Counselling
  • Mumbai, India
OriginsBefrienders Worldwide; Samaritans
Key people
Johnson Thomas (Director)[1]
WebsiteOfficial Website


  1. ^ Fernandez, Fiona (12 January 2010). "How to be a shiny, happy person". Mid-Day. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
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