The University Grants Commission (UGC) has ordered all the universities and colleges to set up a helpline number concerning students’ mental health. It is directed to address students’ psychological issues during this lockdown phase imposed to curb coronavirus pandemic.
“During the period of national lockdown, it is equally important to address any kind of mental health and psychosocial concerns of student community during and after COVID-19 situation issue,” UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain addressed in a letter to vice-chancellors.
“Therefore, in order to reassure the student community to avoid any kind of stress or panic in the prevailing situation vis-a-vis their studies, health, and other issues, the universities, and colleges may set up mental health helplines for the purpose. The helpline cases are regularly monitored and managed by counselors and identified faculty members,” the letter explained.
There should be regular mentoring of students through interactions and plea to remain calm and stress-free during the ongoing adverse situation.
“The universities may form COVID-19 help groups of students, headed by hostel wardens and senior faculty, who can identify friends and classmates in need of help,” Jain said.
During the pandemic, The Union Health Ministry has introduced a toll-free helpline number for the people who are facing hardships in view of mental fitness. The toll -free number – (08046110007)