CHENNAI: As a part of the Fortis National School Mental Health Program, the Department of mental health and behavioural sciences launched a multi-pronged online and offline campaign across India to equip students, teachers, parents and teachers with the skills to deal effectively with the challenges associated with the exam season.
As an integral part of the campaign, more than 240 workshops were conducted in around 210 schools across 21 cities. Medicos equipped around 25,000 students and 1,100 parents with strategies towards smarter study planning, improving memory and concentration, time management as well as coping mechanisms to bust exam stress effectively.
A 24/7 helpline, run by psychologists and psychiatrists has also been provided for students as well as their parents in order to provide guidance and support for concerns around exams related stress. The helpline gets around 200 calls per day that are queries related to exam preparation, time management and distress.
Dr Samir Parikh, director, mental health and behavioural sciences, Fortis Healthcare said, “In addition, animated videos on study and exam Skills giving students tips on improving concentration, memory, time management, prioritisation as well as stress busting techniques, as well as a toolkit for parents to help their children cope with exam stress have also been shared on various social media platforms.”