Chandigarh, July 21, 2020: The Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the Man-odarpan initiative of HRD Ministry to provide psychosocial support to students for their Mental Health and Well-being in New Delhi today.
Minister of State for HRD, Sanjay Dhotre also graced the occasion. Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Amit Khare; Secretary, School Education and Literacy Anita Karwal and senior officials of the Ministry were present on the occa-sion.
Anita Karwal made a detailed presentation about the initiative.
As part of Manodarpan initiative, Pokhriyal launched a National Toll-free Helpline (8448440632), a special special web page of Manodarpan on the portal of HRD Ministry and a handbook on Manodarpan.
Pokhriyal said that COVID -19 is understand-ably a challenging time for everyone around the world. This global pandemic is not only a serious medical concern, but also brings mixed emotions and psycho-social stress for all. With 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 vulnera-ble and may experience heightened level of stress, anxiety and fearfulness, along with a range of other emotional and behavioural issues.
Pokhriyal informed that the HRD Ministry has felt that while it is important to focus on continu-ing education on the academic front, the mental
well-being of the students also needs to be given equal importance.
So, the Ministry has taken an initiative, named, Manodarpan covering a wide range of activities to provide psychosocial support to students for their mental health and well-being during the COVID outbreak and beyond.
He further informed that a Working Group, hav-ing experts from the fields of education, mental health and psychosocial issues as its members, has been set up to monitor and promote the men-tal health issues and concerns of students and to facilitate providing of support to address the men-tal health and psychosocial aspects during and
after COVID-19 lockdown, through conselling services, online resources and helpline.
While addressing the participants Sanjay Dhotre said that the pandemic has affected children as well as adults both psychlogically and emotional-ly.
In such a climate, we need organised and insti-tutionalized help. He said that the mental health has a reciprocal relationship with the well-being and productivity of a society and its members.
Hence, it is essential for the well-being and func-tioning of individuals in such a climate we should also come forward as a more cohesive and mutu-ally interdependent society.