To monitor and promote the mental health issues and concerns of students and teachers and to facilitate providing of support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects during conditions like COViD 19 and after
Advisory for The Psychosocial Support & Mental Health Promotion for
The outbreak of the global pandemic COVID -19 understandably 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 especially children with
disabilities. Children and adolescents may be more vulnerable and may experience heightened
level of stress, anxiety and fearfulness, along with a range of other emotional and behavioural
issues. Such unanticipated and sudden changes will be required to be addressed from all
Advisory for The Psychosocial Support & Mental Health Promotion for
An effective, robust and stimulating psychosocial environment is fundamental to learning and
progress to attain one’s objectives in life. With the emerging needs and concerns of students
coming from diverse backgrounds, different needs and aspirations, a holistic and comprehensive
guidance system in the form of counseling services for mental health and well-being of
university/college students is imperative. The aim of such services is to ensure students live their
lives effectively and productively and become resilient over time with the help of life skills, even
in the face of challenges, hard times and roadblocks
Tips for School Students, Teachers & Families
Quality Family time
Spend time by playing with family on board games, antakshari, other indoor games, music and crafts.
Learning can be fun
Creative thinking can go beyond the academic learning by participating in household chores, supporting younger siblings and parents.
Interactive Online classes
Support teachers in academic learning which will go a long way for enriching the utility and productivity of these times.
Empower Adolescent Peer Support
Come forth to be a peer educator/mentor by initiating and innovating online based peer support programs on life skills enrichments.
Learning with Life Skills
Encourage children to read and exchange things they have read or learnt beyond textbooks.
Engage in Playful Activities
Drawing/painting or story telling can help them express their feelings in a safe and supportive environment which can release emotions like fear or anxiety.
Provide Support and Attention
Seek guidance from the school principal/counsellor or special educators about your child with special needs and contact the local medical authority, if needed.
Motivate children to write about new skills and positive stories they have developed being at home and how they are spending their time with family.
Actively listen to children’s difficulties, clarifying doubts, reassuring them, generating hope and providing emotional support in resolving issues.
Be a Role Model
Children are very perceptive and closely observe your actions. Parents can support by managing their own stressors so that they can be role models.
Set time for sleep, waking up, healthy balanced diet, learning and playtime as structured schedule to stay focused and motivated.
Provide Authentic Information
Discuss facts about covid-19 and share facts which will help in reducing fear and distinguishing them from myths & rumours.
Tips for University/College Students, Faculty/Teachers & Families
In these times of uncertainty, focus on what you can control and take care of yourself to stay healthy
Use Healthy Coping
Plan for your next goal, learn new skills or connect with friends and family
Acknowledge your feelings
It is normal to feel anxious or worried. Recognize your feelings and express them with someone you trust to feel better
Support your students
Send positive messages and connect with your students. Extend emotional support if needed.
Care and Share
Care for yourself and your family and reach out to friends, colleagues and your family to relieve any stress
Identify professional support
Familiarise yourself with available counseling services for students in campus, online or over phone
Validate their feelings
Support your ward and empathise with their feelings
Provide Active Support
Interact with your ward and reassure them that you are there for them
Improvise daily schedule
Engage in pleasant indoor activities like games and music with all family members.
Family Life during
Adolescent Stress Psychosocial
Support from my School
Unlock Family Togetherness
Mental Health & Well Being of Children & Adolescents
during the Covid Outbreak
Tips for Parents to Help
Children with Special Needs
Mental Wellness Tips
for Students During Covid-19
Learning Life Skills
Empowerment Mental Health
& Well Being
Tips to Handle Anxiety
How to look after your
Mental Health during
the COVID-19 outbreak
Protect yourself and others!
Follow these Do’s and Don’ts
Practice frequent hand washing . Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol based hand rub. Wash hands even if they are visibly clean.
Cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief/tissue while sneezing and coughing.
Throw used tissues into closed bins immediately after use.
See a doctor if you feel unwell (fever, difficult breathing and cough). While visiting doctor wear a mask/cloth to cover your mouth and nose.
If you have these signs/symptoms please call state helpline number or Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s 24X7 helpline at 011-23978046
Avoid participating in large gatherings.
Have a close contact with anyone. If you’re experiencing cough and fever.
Touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
Spit in public.
Frequently Asked Questions
- By School Students
Q1: I am a student of class VII. Due to lockdown, we students are confined at home. My school has started online classes and I’m really enjoying this kind of learning as our teachers share a lot of documentaries, video clips and catchy slides which makes lessons very interesting. But still I miss my school, especially meeting my friends. How do I feel motivated amidst such situation?
Q2: I am studying in class XI presently, my mom dad are in essential services and me being a single child. It’s difficult for me to stay alone all day at home. My parents come home in the evening.My friends have chosen a different stream than mine which keeps them busy. How do I remain positive in such situation, what all should I do to keep myself happy and busy?
Well, we do understand that it's a tough situation for you, but be inspired from your parents and extend a support system to them.
Involve yourself in small household chores. Extend your friend circle. You now have the opportunity to know your classmates better and make new friends.
Engage yourself creatively and fruitfully. Skill up yourself. You have enough time in your hands to paint, sketch, doodle, or cook. Try some new recipes and surprise your parents by cooking for them. You may arrange your dad's cupboard or arrange his documents or files. You can also start a gratitude journal to help you focus on the positives in your life. It is simple and easy to do. Just find a spare notebook or paper and number them 1 to 3. Then write down 3 things you are grateful for today. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be ground-breaking. Try this every day, share your thoughts with your friends and family and to help spread the gratitude.
The plan is only deferred but not cancelled. There is no region left out from the impact of corona virus, so there are no alternative destinations. You need to be patient and keep track online of various universities and the changing situations globally. But it is advised not to submit fees online if they are non-refundable.
Q4: I am 17 years old and have constrained domestic space. My day is spent in attending online classes from morning 9am till 2pm, followed by intermittent support to my parents in house hold chores. Evenings are generally spent in finishing assignments and research work.I’m a National Level sports person and I feel lazy and lethargic due to severe restriction in physical movement. Please suggest ways to keep myself fit and energetic in this limited space.
- By University/College Students
Q1: I am 22 years old, BA (pass) student. These days in Lockdown, restricted movement and online classes has made me feel sad and anxious. How can I keep myself constantly motivated as I tend to lose my self-motivation which further prevents me from working hard? Lockdown has caused a restriction on me. Please help!
Remember! the power to succeed or fail will always be yours alone. You alone have the responsibility to shape your life.
Q2: I am 19yr old student of B.COM first year. As I am dyslexic, I don’t like writing at all. I feel lazy, stressed out through the day. No matter how hard I try not to waste time, I end up watching television most of the time. Please suggest how I manage my time so that I can improve my performance before college reopens and do not feel so guilty.
With the help of your family and videos online, seek to learn relaxation techniques that will eliminate stress and anxiety in minutes. Do not compromise on sleep because it reduces study efficiency along with recalling power during exam times. When things around us are not under our control and when we must do a dozen things within a limited period of time, our mind has to focus on real priorities. However, with the right planning we can bring order and discipline into our lives. It’s about nurturing attitudes.
It is Global Pandemic and today all the education is happening online which is a real-time interaction through live lessons in virtual classrooms, so Relax and Keep Learning!
Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.