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Union HRD Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched the MANODARPAN initiative of the HRD Ministry to provide psychosocial support to students for their Mental Health and Well-being in New Delhi, in July 2020. Mr. Pokhriyal had launched Manodarpan when India was facing a lockdown and students were so much under stress because of the pandemic. When India was facing lockdown, everybody faced so many problems because it was the first time when nobody could get out of the house for months. Parents have managed somehow but students were frustrated. HRD Ministry felt that while it is important to focus on continuing education on the academic front as well as the mental well-being of the students with equal importance. Hence Ministry took an initiative, named, MANODARPAN covering a wide range of activities to provide Psychosocial Support to students for their Mental Health & Well-being during the COVID outbreak and beyond.
Mr. Pokhriyal mentioned that Manodarpan have experts from the fields of education, mental health, and psychosocial issues as its members and they are set up to monitor and promote the mental health issues and concerns of students and to facilitate providing of support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects during and after COVID-19 lockdown, through counselling services, online resources, and helpline. Manodarpan is a part of the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” project launched by honourable Indian prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi.
A website created by HRD ministry, named Manodarpan http://manodarpan.mhrd.gov.in/ , where they help students in Psychosocial Support for Mental health & Well-being during the COVID outbreak and beyond. Ministry also set a national helpline toll free number (844 844 0632) for students.
• Advisory for The Psychosocial Support & Mental Health Promotion for School Students.
• Advisory for The Psychosocial Support & Mental Health Promotion for University/College Students.
• Tips for School Students, Teachers & Families.
• Tips for University/College Students, Faculty/Teachers & Families.
• Do’s and Don’ts.
• Handbook on Psychosocial Support: Enriching Life skills & Wellbeing of Students.
• Interactive Online Chat Platform.
• Webinars, audio-visual resources including videos, posters, flyers, comics, and short films.
Launching a website like Manodarpan was a great step towards students. There are many students who are facing mental issues and don’t know how to find any solution. A report by the India Times suggested that 12 percent of Indian students between the age of 4 and 16 suffer from psychiatric disorders. 20 percent show signs of mental disorders, out of which 2-5 percent have serious concerns like autism or bipolar disorder. This is one of the serious problems faced by students. We hope that website like Manodarpan helps the student to get over it.