News : Youth Helpline Gets Nod from Civic Body
Pune, India, Feb 4, 2015 -- Youngsters looking to talk to someone about health, psychological or even career issues can soon turn to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for counselling. The civic body gave its approval to youth helpline 'Hello My Friend'.
"Youngsters can discuss personal and career-related problems with more than 40 trained counsellors and celebrity mentors through this helpline. The project will be carried out on an experimental basis. Suggestions and objections will be open for the helpline. After one year, we will decide if we should continue with the website," said Bapu Karne, chairman of standing committee.
An initiative of the PMC, the helpline has been set-up to help those in the age-group 15-25 years. It will be available on the toll-free number 1800 2336 850. Those seeking counselling, guidance or even just someone to talk to can call on the number to discuss worries related to career and higher education, personal problems, familial and even professional struggles. Not only would they be helped by trained counsellors on the phone, but would also be invited to attend specially-organized lecture sessions along with others facing similar problems.
The helpline will be operated through a call centre set up at the Kamala Nehru Hospital. There will also be a 24x7 emergency line for those seeking immediate guidance. Callers will be regularly intimated about special lectures and counselling sessions via SMS.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) was established on 15 February 1950. The PMC controls the whole administration of Pune. The executive power of the corporation is vested in the Municipal Commissioner, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer appointed by the Maharashtra state government. The corporation consists of directly elected corporators headed by a Mayor. The mayor has few executive powers.
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