Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, students get isolated from their friends gathering and dubious about their future. On Tuesday, the government uncovered measures to assist the students in managing psychological wellness issues.
The HRD ( Human Resource Development ) ministry said that in a pandemic it is important to know about the concerns of students like peer pressure, loneliness, parental expectations, isolation, and stress anxiety when learning interruption is at a high because of the pandemic. The ministry said students’ suicide is a major concern and efforts will be taken to help them in deflecting an emergency.
As per the National Crime Records Bureau, every hour at least one student suicide in India. A total of 10,159 student dies of suicide in India in 2018. A report informs that approximately 66 students who were below the age of 18 dies of suicide in the first 100 days of lockdown due to COVID-19 in Kerala. After the result of CBSE board exams, two students committed suicide in Gurugram.
At the launch of the initiative named Manodarpan, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said students and youths might be increasingly helpless and may encounter an elevated degree of stress and nervousness due to the COVID-19 emergency. consequently, they felt that while it is critical to concentrate on online classes, the psychological prosperity of students additionally should be given equivalent significance
He further added that Manodarpan will provide psychosocial in this pandemic to the students, parents, and their families for their psychological wellness and passionate prosperity and they can likewise utilize a complementary guiding framework for 12 hours per day. Approximately 500 instructors are being conveyed for the work.
Authorities said the students’ mental health initiative has 10 focus areas. It includes advisories on mental well-being to schools, students and parents, a toll-free helpline, a national database of counselors and counseling services, a print, audio, and video resource center, a platform for national and regional consultations at the institutional level for awareness and resource sharing and research on mental health. It will also provide an online and interactive chat facility to students through a dedicated mobile application.
The initiative that took place in consultation with mental health and academic authorities will merge issues related to mental health. This will be merged with the school curriculum “to address the psychosocial needs of children in an integrated manner as part of the school curriculum and processes as a preventive measure.” As per the HRD ministry, this initiative will frame the policies related to all the issues effectively.
The Indian Council of Medical Research conducted an online survey in June. It was observed that Indians are facing major stress due to the coronavirus pandemic. This survey had a size of more than 500.
The study published in June has said that individuals are encountering extraordinary tension attributable to the pandemic. This dread is additionally exasperated because of critical changes to our day by day lives during the lockdown. It found that during the lockdown in India, an online overview demonstrated that around 28% of respondents said they were feeling discouraged.