Manodarpan: Psychosocial Support for Mental Health & Well Being of Students during the COVID Outbreak and beyond

Manodarpan: Psychosocial Support for Mental Health & Well Being of Students during the COVID Outbreak and beyond

Manodarpan’ is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to mobilize Psychosocial Support to help children and adolescents country-wide in a comprehensive and multimodal manner. The outbreak of the global pandemic COVID -19 understandably presents a challenging time for everyone around the world. Not only is this pandemic a serious medical concern, but it also brings mixed emotions and psycho-social stressors for all. There are emerging mental health concerns with specific focus on children, adolescents and youth especially children with disabilities. Children and adolescents may be more vulnerable and may experience heightened level of stress, anxiety and fearfulness, along with a range of other emotional and behavioural issues. Such unanticipated and sudden changes will be required to be addressed from all educational platforms. Teachers as well as families with an empathetic and patient approach can go a long way in mitigating such needs of children and adolescents. COVID-19 is also bringing new stressors on teachers, parents and caregivers. This can hamper their capacity to provide adequate support and remain positively engaged with their wards. One aspect is certain that COVID-19 will have profound impact on the psychosocial wellbeing of students, families and teachers across the country.

This is an initiative by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
as part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The objective of this initiative is to To monitor and promote the mental health issues and concerns of students and teachers and to facilitate providing of support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects during conditions like COViD 19 and after.

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