Suicide is an extreme form of expressing one’s feelings of depression, loneliness, and helplessness. This translates to the conclusion that “life is not worth living”. Unfortunately, this expression is not understood and felt by many. Emotional support offered with warmth and understanding at the time of personal crisis might avert the thought of suicide. Life Rescue Foundation has taken various initiatives to provide this unconditional timely support through the use of volunteer befriending.

The main aim of the Life Rescue Foundation is to give emotional support to people when they are suicidal. The volunteers also alleviate misery, loneliness, despair, and depression by listening to anyone who feels they have nowhere else to turn. The work is non-political and non-religious, and volunteers do not try to impose their convictions on anyone. They simply listen. The information of any individual coming in contact with a volunteer - whether by telephone, letter, email, or in a face-to-face meeting is kept strictly confidential; anything and everything that the person shares. If some callers choose to remain anonymous, they can and we maintain it that way.

The volunteers of Life Rescue Foundation offer their time and themselves so that the victims could vent out their feelings to them. The volunteers having basic qualities of warmth, tolerance, and understanding are carefully selected and undergo preparatory courses before taking up volunteering services through us. They are also provided regular ongoing training sessions to help them assist people under emotional stress.

Funds are required to drum up publicity and awareness about the availability of such services to those who need them in time. Organizing and sensitizing society through regular training sessions and seminars across the country to detect signs of stress and emotional outbursts in the early stages respond adequately. Life Rescue Foundation has also taken the initiative to run awareness programs for schools, colleges, women groups, employees, etc., to make the general public aware that emotional support is as important as social and material support.

The aim of the Life Rescue Foundation is to encourage the development of effective support services, and by sharing information and working together improve our ability to:

  • Ensure maximum access for callers to appropriate emotional support services

  • Offer mutual support

The mission of Life Rescue Foundation is to:

  • to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide, and

  • to share information and work together, for greater efficacy.

Our vision is for a society in which fewer people die by suicide, and where people are able to explore their own feelings and acknowledge and respect the feelings of others.

The values of Life Rescue Foundation are based on these beliefs:

  • The importance of having the opportunity to explore difficult feelings.

  • That being listened to, in confidence, and accepted without prejudice, can alleviate despair and suicidal feelings.

  • That everyone has the right to make fundamental decisions about their own life, including the decision to die by suicide (the application of which is dependent on the local context and legal system).