CONNECTING was formed in July 2005 by a group of concerned citizens under the initiative of Arnavaz Damania. The group had a fervent desire to extend support to those experiencing emotional distress. Several volunteers contributed their time and effort to the cause and Connecting expanded both the scope as well as the reach of its work.
Connecting was founded on the vision of creating a caring and compassionate world where everyone is connected to life. Connecting works to prevent suicide by creating awareness and to provide support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Connecting programs aim to create awareness for suicide prevention, reduce stigma and shame associated with mental health and suicide and to create support groups in the community who are trained to respond to mental health crisis.
In 2008, Connecting took a huge step forward by launching a Helpline for those in distress or feeling suicidal. Since then we have added many new initiatives including the Peer Education Program in schools, the Survivors of Suicide Support program, Community Counseling program and workshops for professionals and stress management workshops in industries.
Connecting programs are designed on the principle of Human Capacity for Response. We are bound by our belief in the strengths of individuals and communities to co-create a common vision, address their own challenges, act and adapt. These human capacities are named as the capacity to:
CARE: Understood as ‘being with’ as opposed to provision of skills or material goods.
CHANGE: Believes that change is possible and can be facilitated.
CONNECT: Build communities, in which people can find strength to face the future.
HOPE: Is present in every circumstance and exists within the situation.
LEAD: People can and do take leadership for change in their circumstances.
Atur Chambers, 2nd floor,
Above Coffee House, Opposite SGS Mall,
Moledina Road, Camp, Pune - 411001
020 41200845 / 9689003044
Timing: 10 AM to 6 PM
(Monday to Saturday)