The human resource development ministry launched the ‘MANODARPAN’ – and initiative to provide psychological support to students and teachers and address issues related to mental health and emotional well-being on Tuesday. As part of the initiative, a national toll-free helpline, a special web page on the portal of the HRD ministry, and a handbook were also launched.
HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that said that the pandemic is not only a serious medical concern, but also brings mixed emotions and psycho-social stress for all. “With specific focus on children and adolescents, there are emerging mental health concerns that are often reported in such situations. Children and adolescents may be more vulnerable and may experience heightened level of stress, anxiety and fearfulness, along with a range of other emotional and behavioural issues.”
Pokhriyal added that the ministry felt that while it is important to focus on continuing education on the academic front, the mental well-being of the students also needs to be given equal importance.
A working group, having experts from the fields of education, mental health and psychosocial issues as its members, has been set up to monitor and promote the mental health issues and concerns of students and to facilitate providing of support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects during and after COVID-19 lockdown, through counselling services, online resources and helpline.
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