64th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra54758169541792 Tamil Nadu177289342128 Gujarat148297139915 Delhi144656954288 Rajasthan76454293172 Madhya Pradesh70243689305 Uttar Pradesh67243824177 West Bengal40091486283 Andhra Pradesh2983201757 Bihar296880014 Karnataka228374844 Punjab2106191840 Telangana1991128457 Jammu and Kashmir175983324 Odisha15177337 Haryana130582416 Kerala9645426 Assam683634 Jharkhand4261534 Uttarakhand400644 Chhatisgarh360790 Chandigarh2781874 Tripura2321650 Himachal Pradesh223634 Goa67280 Puducherry49170 Manipur3940 Meghalaya20121 Nagaland900 Arunachal Pradesh210 Mizoram110 Sikkim100
Nation Current Affairs 06 Apr 2020 Set up helplines to ...

Set up helplines to address Covid19 related stress, UGC tells varsities

Published Apr 6, 2020, 2:37 pm IST
Updated Apr 6, 2020, 2:41 pm IST
The Union health ministry has launched a toll-free helpline (08046110007) for people who may face mental health issues
Representational Image
 Representational Image

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities and colleges to set up mental health helplines to address psychosocial concerns of students during the lockdown imposed to combat coronavirus.

"During the period of national lockdown, it is equally important to address any kind of mental health and psychosocial concerns of student community during and after COVID-19 situation issue," UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said in a letter to vice chancellors.


"Therefore, in order to reassure the student community to avoid any kind of stress or panic in the prevailing situation vis-à-vis their studies, health and other issues, the universities and colleges may set up mental health helplines for the purpose. The helpline should be regularly monitored and managed by counsellors and identified faculty members," the letter said.

The commission has suggested that there should be regular mentoring of students through interactions and appeals to remain calm and stress-free.

"The universities may form COVID-19 help groups of students, headed by hostel wardens and senior faculty, who can identify friends and classmates in need of help," Jain said.

The Union health ministry has launched a toll-free helpline (08046110007) for people who may face mental health issues due to the ongoing 21-day countrywide lockdown.

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' had on Sunday said a decision would be taken on reopening schools and colleges on April 14 after reviewing the situation.

The death toll due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country rose to 109 on Monday and the number of cases climbed to 4,067, according to the Union Health Ministry.

While the number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 3,666, as many as 291 people have been cured and discharged, and one has migrated, the ministry stated. The total number of cases include 65 foreign nationals.

Location: India, Delhi