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Helplines and Referrals

Many readers visiting SAATHII's website seek information, counselling, medical referrals and/or legal support. Their questions may be related to their known or suspected HIV status, and/or to their gender identity and/or sexuality.

SAATHII has an email for queries <>. It also has a gender and sexuality helpline in Odisha. Additionally its staff from social work, medicine and/or LGBTIQ+ community background may be able to provide information and referrals. 

Additionally, please see the following links:



ReachOUT, a collaborative effort of Varta Trust, Grindr for Equality and SAATHII, is a crowdsourced country-wide directory of medical, mental health and legal providers who are LGBTIQ+ friendly [link here].

Sahay India

Helpline of Sahay, an initiative of SAATHII to connect LGBTIQ+ individuals to HIV and other health information [link here], including government HIV counselling, testing and anti-retroviral therapy centres.


iCall is a telephone and email based counselling service run by School of Human Ecology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, that offers free telephone and email-based counseling services, to individuals in emotional and psychological distress, across age, language, gender, sexual orientation and issues, through a team of qualified and trained mental health professionals. CALL ICALL ON 022-25521111

Available from Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm [link here].

iCall also maintains a crowd-sourced list of non-judgemental mental health providers across the country link here]

Crowd-sourced list of non-judgemental gynaecologists

A community-crowdsourced list (HT Amba Azaad) of well-trained, affordable, and reassuring gynaecologists who are espectful of diverse sexual or lifestyle choices, who know that not all people want their uterus, and that not all people with uteri are women; and who can be relied on when clients are scared, in pain and in sickness, without any shaming for being promiscuous, queer, single, trans, abused, kinky, disabled, fat, childless, or any other aspect of our social identity that should have no relevance to the quality of medical care women and people assigned female at birth deserve [link here]