Free Psychological First Aid Helpline for Public

English, Hindi & Telugu
9 am to 9 pm every day

Gujarati, Tamil & Kannada
4 pm to 9 pm every day

A collaborative initiative of
Ripples of Change Foundation and Heartfulness Institute

Voice that Cares

Voice That Cares – Building a Mentally Resilient Nation

Voice That Cares was launched on 24 June 2021 by Global Guide of Heartfulness, Mr Kamlesh D Patel (Daaji) along with guests of honour – Dr Thiruppugazh, Additional Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Government of India and Dr Sekar Kasi, Professor & Head, Registrar, Center for Psychosocial Support in Disaster (NIMHANS).

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment of prolonged fear and uncertainty resulting in shared trauma and mental health issues across communities. Ripples of Change Foundation, in collaboration with Heartfulness Institute (HFI), has launched a dedicated community support helpline “Voice That Cares (VTC)” to provide counselling services to the public.
Voice That Cares is a public helpline that provides psychosocial counselling support on a wide range of mental health matters including anxiety, fear, panic attacks, guilt, grief, loneliness, anger, exam stress, pandemic induced psychological issues, stigma, etc. We also provide first aid support for people with suicidal tendencies, depressive disorders, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mental health concerns.

The primary expected outcome of the “Voice that Cares” initiative is to offer individuals an improved ability to manage their wellbeing and mental health. It may be noted that this helpline is not a substitute for medical advice or professional help.
Ripples of Change Foundation, in collaboration with Heartfulness Institute (HFI), runs a dedicated community support helpline “Voice That Cares (VTC)” to provide counselling services to the public. 

Get Involved

Be the Voice of Support

We’re seeking dedicated volunteers, particularly graduates in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Social Sciences, who have a passion for community work. As a volunteer with VTC, you’ll provide tele-counselling in the regional languages you are comfortable in from the comfort of your home.

To become a VTC tele-counsellor, volunteers must complete our 12-hour intensive training program. Furthermore, a commitment of 7 -14 hours per week for at least 12 months after training completion.

If you or someone you know is interested, please write to us at vtc@rocf.org.

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Sharat Hegde

Nagesh Karuturi

Founder Director

A management professional with 24 years of experience in international leadership positions in India, Africa, South Asia, Europe, and the United Kingdom, graduated from India’s Symbiosis Institute of Business Management with an MBA in marketing. He has led teams of up to 6500 personnel and has executed top-notch processes for sales, operations, human resources, quality assurance, and auditing. He has led and carried out programs for vulnerable communities in India and Africa, focusing on education, economic empowerment, life skills, the environment, sanitation, healthcare, and nutrition. In 2011, the Lions Club International Foundation awarded him the Melvin Jones Fellowship for his humanitarian work, and in 2014, the Lions Club International President’s Certificate of Appreciation was given for his outstanding accomplishments in carrying out the organization’s mission.​