THANAL, a Suicide Prevention Centre, a non-governmental, charitable organization based in
Kozhikode, was formed in the year 2001 by the Calicut chapter of the Indian Medical Association. DR.
PN Sureshkumar, an eminent psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry in KMCT Medical College is the
Chairman and Dr.A K Abdul Khader, Professor and Head of the Department of Pulmonology, KMCT
Medical College is the Secretary and Dr.M.G. Vijayakumar is our Treasurer.
Since its inception, THANAL has been, apart from providing emotional support to thousands of
disturbed minds, striving to create awareness among the various sections of the society about suicides
and suicide prevention. We value giving a person the opportunity to explore feelings which can cause
distress, the importance of being listened to, in confidence, anonymously, without prejudice and we
value that a person has the fundamental decision about their own life.