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  • 30 November, 2021

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Initiatives for the Mental Health in Students

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.

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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