Education branch begins 24×7 counseling helpline for college students
In an initiative that seeks to offer steerage to college students grappling with mental health issues, the department of better education of the kingdom has started a round-the-clock helpline for providing a psychological guide, professional counseling, and mentoring of university students in collaboration with online counseling and emotional help platform.
Started on a pilot foundation closing month, the helpline—18003132023— will cater to the scholars of 4 colleges in the kingdom. Two out of the 4 faculties are in Gurugram (Government Girls College in Sector 14 and Government College in Sector 9), one in Faridabad (Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Government College), and one in Panchkula (Government PG College). The initiative turned into a started final month with orientation classes for college students in these 4 colleges.
Vijay Adlakha, major of Government Girls College, Sector 14, said that students were apprised approximately the functioning of the helpline and the web aid center through an orientation program. “Students can talk about their private problems with experts using achieving out to them via the net platform. They had been informed about the methods of the usage of the helpline as a resource tool thru an orientation session,” stated Adlakha.
While the classes in the three schools in Gurugram and Panchkula were performed in July itself, students within the Faridabad university will be introduced to the helpline on August 6.
“The helpline is meant to tackle the myriad problems that scholars commonly face. Their issues will be related to education or mental health issues like despair or bodily health issues. They could be able to discuss subjects of a circle of relatives discord, courting problems or whatever else that is bothering them,” said Satyamanyu Yadav, fundamental, Government College in Sector nine. Currently, the university does now not have any counseling center on the campus.
The initiative has been launched on a pilot foundation for now and is based totally on the extent of gain it affords to students; its scope might be widened to cover other schools in the nation. Presently, the handsiest students belonging to the 4 schools can log in to the online assist machine to book appointments with counselors.
“While all of us can call at the quantity, the platform can handiest be accessed by students of the chosen four faculties of the kingdom. Students need to log in and check in on the platform if they want to e-book an appointment with the psychologist or chat online,” said Rakesh Kumar, account supervisor of Yourdost, the web counseling carrier, which has been roped in using the department.