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Manodarpan Helps Students Overcome Mental Health Issues: Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

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The Ministry of Education’s proactive initiative, Manodarpan has a wide range of activities to provide psychosocial support to students, teachers and families for mental health and emotional wellbeing during the pandemic and beyond. Speaking in the Winter Session of the Parliament, Union Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan said that the initiative has a Working Group, with experts from the fields of education, mental health and psychosocial issues as its members, to monitor and promote mental health issues and concerns of students and help them address these problems through counselling, online resources and a helpline.

Manodarpan has advisory guidelines for students, teachers and families; a web page on Ministry of Education website with advisory, practical tips, posters, videos, do’s and don’ts for psychosocial support, FAQs and online query system; national-level database and directory of counsellors at school and university levels; a national toll-free helpline (8448440632) for a country-wide outreach to students; a handbook, Psychosocial Support: Enriching Life Skills and Wellbeing of Students; webinars, audio-visual resources, including videos, posters, flyers, comics and short films focusing on convergence of resources from other ministries/departments on physical and creative well-being, which are essential parts of mental well-being.

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