Education Ministry Launches 'Manodarpan' To Focus On Mental Health of Students

Education Ministry launched ‘Manodarpan’ platform to focus on students' mental health. Through Manodarpan, students can get access to the services of 100 trained counsellors for any psychosocial issues.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 21 July 2020 8:03 AM GMT

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Today Education Ministry launched ‘Manodarpan’ platform to focus on students' mental health. Through Manodarpan, students can get access to the services of 100 trained counsellors for any psychosocial issues. The counsellors can be reached through toll-free helpline numbers.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on July 21 announced the launch of the ‘Manodarpan’ platform that will provide students psychosocial support for mental health and well-being amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

https://twitter.com/DrRPNishank/status/1285447512791248896

HRD Minister:

This platform has a slew of advisories for students and teachers to follow during the lockdown including how to make use of the interactive online classes, peer learning, identifying professional support among others.

Yesterday, Union HRD Minister shared a tweet mentioning about launch of Manodarpan. "Dear Parents, Teachers, and Students! Now the results are out, and admissions have started, children would be having psychosocial issues, especially during these unprecedented times of #COVID19. To address such concerns, I am launching #MANODARPAN tomorrow at 11 AM." Pokhriyal said in a tweet

"The platform will act as a sustainable psychosocial support system for all students, teachers & families,"

"In case, you have any suggestions for the platform; please do share with me in the comments below using #MANODARPAN." he said in another tweet.

https://twitter.com/DrRPNishank/status/1285144926129254400

“Health is not merely the absence of illness or disease. It is a more expansive concept, encompassing mental well-being as well, apart from other dimensions,” Pokhriyal added.

This is part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (self-reliant India) announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 12 to deal with the disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Manodarpan:

On May 17, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had first mentioned this 'Manodarpan' initiative to help students.

Manodarpan also has a toll-free helpline number 844-844-0632 that has 100 trained counsellors to help students address their psychosocial issues. In the future, the platform is looking to have 500 such trained professionals.

At a later stage, this platform will have an interactive application that can used for online chat and counselling. There will be webinars, audio-visual resources and podcasts hosted on the platform for the students. Also, this would be used as a part of the school curriculum to address the concerns of children.

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Relevant research will also be disseminated through this portal so that there is an awareness building for mental health among students in India.

As per a 2017 ICMR report, about 10-13 percent children and adolescents in India are dealing with mental health concerns.

COVID-19

India’s COVID-19 case tally crossed the 11-lakh mark with the highest single-day spike of 40,425 new cases and 681 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, said the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Monday.

The total cases in the country now stands at 1,118,043 while the death toll is 27,497.

The ministry said the total number of cases includes 390,459 active cases and 700,087 cured/discharged/migrated.

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