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Manodarpan

  • Category
    Governance
  • Published
    27th Jul, 2020

Ministry of Human Resource Development launched ‘Manodarpan’ initiative for mental health and counselling of students.

Context

Ministry of Human Resource Development launched ‘Manodarpan’ initiative for mental health and counselling of students.

About

  • It aims to provide psychosocial support and counseling to students for their mental health and well- being.
  • Under this initiative, the minister launched a toll-free national helpline number - 8448440632, a website of Manodarpan and a handbook on 21st-century life skills for the students of the school, college, and universities.
  • Manodarpan comprises of the following components:
    • Advisory guidelines
    • Web page
    • National level database and directory of counselors
    • National Toll-free helpline number
    • Interactive online chat option
  • Manodarpan is an initiative under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
  • Need for such an initiative:
    • COVID -19 pandemic is not only a serious medical concern but also has brought mixed emotions and psycho-social stress for all.
    • With a 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 a heightened level of stress, anxiety, and fearfulness, along with a range of other emotional and behavioural issues.
  • Manodarpan is going to help children as well as their parents in facing a tense situation in life including COVID 19 pandemic induced lockdown and its effects on academics.
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