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  • 30 November, 2021

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Initiatives for the Mental Health in Students

Manodarpan Initiative

  • The Ministry of Education has undertaken a proactive initiative, named, ‘Manodarpan’, covering a wide range of activities to provide psychosocial support of Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health in students, teachers, and families during the COVID outbreak and beyond.

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The following components are included in the ‘Manodarpan’ initiative:

  • Advisory Guidelines for students, teachers, and faculty of School systems and Universities along with families.
  • Web page on Ministry of Education website (URL: http://manodarpan.education.gov.in ) carrying advisory, practical tips, posters, videos, do’s and don’ts for psychosocial support, FAQs, and online query system.
  • National level database and directory of counselors at School and University levels.
  • National Toll-free Helpline (8448440632) for a country-wide outreach to students from schools, universities, and colleges.
  • Handbook on Psychosocial Support: Enriching Life skills and Wellbeing of Students
  • Webinars, audio-visual resources including videos, posters, flyers, comics, and short films with a focus on the convergence of resources from other Ministries/Departments on physical and creative well-being which are essential parts of mental well-being.

Initiatives by NCERT

  • The National Council of Educational Research and Training has started ‘NCERT Counseling Services for School Children’ in April, 2020 to help school students across the country share their concerns.
  • This service is provided free of charge by about 270 counsellors across different regions of the country.
  • Live interactive sessions on ‘SAHYOG: Guidance for Mental Wellbeing of Children’ are telecast on 12 PM eVidya DTH-TV channels for classes 1 to 12.
  • Under the aegis of the School Health Programme under Ayushman Bharat, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed a comprehensive package titled “Training and Resource Material: Health and Wellness of School-going Children. A specific module has been included on “Emotional Well-being and Mental Health”, which has activities related to the well-being and mental health in students and teachers.

Source: PIB


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