Snap Counsellors scoops a ‘Graphite Pencil’ for D&AD Impact Award 2016!

D&AD Impact Award is a new award scheme set up by D&AD and Advertising Week to ‘celebrate the power of creativity to stimulate positive change.’ They decided that it was a time for new award scheme based on the need for designers and businesses to put ‘purpose beyond profit’ and use the ‘power of creativity to create a better and fairer more sustainable world.’ So it is with great pride that Chayn announces that our partnership campaign Snap Counsellors have picked up a ‘Graphite Pencil’ for the first D&AD Impact award in ‘Communication & Interaction’ and ‘Community/Public Project’ category!

Rajshekar Patil, collecting the Graphite Pencil in D&AD Impact Award Ceremony in New York. [27/09/2016]

The world’s first teen helpline on snapchat, Snap Counsellors, was created to give a discreet and friendly space for teens to talk about relationship violence.

Snap Counsellors’ PSA

Since it was launched in March 2016, the impact has been phenomenal! Over 300 individuals, hailing from all parts of the world — South America, US, India and UK, have used Snap Counsellors for one-to-one support for abuse, stalking and harassment. This impact alone shows how important it is that teens have a safe zone where they can talk freely about their personal experience of an abusive relationship or seek advice for someone they know. Snap Counsellors have also encouraged thousands to come out and talk about relationship abuse. It’s successfully removing the stigma surrounding counselling. It’s also initiating the conversation, bringing more awareness on abuse and connecting individuals to useful services for further help.

Snap Counsellors

Don’t take our word for it, read what people (using Snap Counsellors) are saying:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved in Snap Counsellors: Avani Parek, Nida Sheriff, Rajshekar Patil, Volunteers of Chayn [inc.]: Mona Chammas, Momo Amstrad, Seerat Fatima, Sheikh Taha Munir, Stephanie Heng, Sam Carroll, Dina Julietta Hawk, Lakshmi Manjoosha, Agnieszka Fal Dutra Santos, Alina Siddiqui. Well done to all of you! None of this would have been possible without your vision, dedication and hard work!

Just before you go…

Snap Counsellors are looking for partners in other countries & languages where it can expand, so get in touch at

If you’re looking for advice on relationship abuse for yourself or someone you know, add @LoveDoctordotIn on snapchat and a trained counsellor will be a tap away to support you.