STUDENTS HESITATED TO GET HELP FROM COUNSELLORS
The idea: YourDost, online platform for counselling and emotional wellness
Eureka moment: When she was at IIT Guwahati in 2008, the suicide of a batchmate upset Richa Singh. The classmate hadn’t been able to take the pressure. “The college had psychologists, but students were hesitant to get help,“ she says. Singh decided to set up a platform to address this with her colleague Puneet Manuja.
Early days: They decided to create a platform where users could get help over a call or chat using anonymous ids in 2014.
She did research and talked to as many people as she could to validate the idea and found that almost 90% of respondents were open to using such a platform. She raised $1.2 million from Saif Partners.
Now: YourDost has over 800 counsellors and does about 2,000 sessions a day. They have helped around 10 lakh people get support. TNN