Manodarpan: Inviting ideas to combat Psycho-social stress on School and College Students, Teachers and Parents due to COVID-19 pandemic

Last Date Aug 21,2020 23:45 PM IST (GMT +5.30 Hrs)

The outbreak of the global pandemic COVID -19 presents a challenging time for everyone around the world. Not only is this pandemic a serious medical concern, but it also brings ...

The outbreak of the global pandemic COVID -19 presents a challenging time for everyone around the world. Not only is this pandemic a serious medical concern, but it also brings mixed emotions and psycho-social stressors for all. There are emerging mental health concerns with specific focus on Children, Adolescents and Youth as they more vulnerable to heightened level of stress, anxiety and fearfulness, along with a range of other emotional and behavioral issues. COVID-19 has also brought new stressors on Teachers and Parents hampering their capacity to provide positive support to their wards. While it is important to focus on continuing education on the academic front, we must give equal importance to the mental health and well-being of the students.

Manodarpan, an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, under the AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, aims at mobilizing psycho-social support to help Children, Youth, Teachers and Parents country-wide in a comprehensive and multimodal manner during conditions like COVID-19 and after. For more information, please visit www.mhrd.gov.in/covid-19/

MyGov in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, hereby invites citizens to share ideas and inputs to combat the psycho-social stress on School & College Students, Teachers and Parents, caused due to COVID-19 pandemic. Selected comments may be featured on social media.

Last date of sending us your inputs is 21st August 2020

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Purshottam Awasthi 1 hour 26 minutes ago

The idea is good. We as teachers unafraid of Corona Virus staying in JNV campus are awfully busy in propagating govt. policies. The students have been loaded with circulars of various competitions. Our school students hail from rural areas where there is no internet so is the case of my JNV. Big talks of OFC and connectivity are all true farce. So much clerical work to the teachers! Reduce the load of teachers. Allow the children some spare time and teachers to prepare for classes. Thank you Sir

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 1 hour 31 minutes ago

We should remember that they are the passengers in this and we are driving the car. And so even if we’re feeling anxious, which of course we will be, we can’t let that get in the way of them feeling like safe passengers in our car.

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 1 hour 32 minutes ago

I would ask parents to do what they can to manage their anxiety on their own time – to not over share their fears with their children. That may mean containing emotions, which may be hard for parents at times especially if they’re feeling those emotions pretty intensely.

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 1 hour 32 minutes ago

Parents, of course, are anxious too and our kids know us better than we know ourselves. They will take emotional cues from us.

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 1 hour 34 minutes ago

Kids need predictability — as much predictability as you can offer in a situation like this. So don’t wake up every day and figure out the schedule. Try a schedule, or maybe try a provisional one for a week as a family and then review it at the end of the week.