Advisory

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
School Students

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 educational platforms.
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Advisory for The Psychosocial Support & Mental Health Promotion for
University/College Students

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
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Tips for School Students, Teachers & Families

Students

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.

Teachers

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.

Promote Resilience

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.

Parents

Active Listening

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.

Healthy Lifestyles

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

Students

Prioritize self-care

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

Faculty/Teachers

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

Families

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
COVID-19

COVID-19
Adolescent Stress Psychosocial
Support from my School

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Mental Health & Well Being of Children & Adolescents
during the Covid Outbreak

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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

Do’s

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.

Don’ts

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


A: Good to know that you are enjoying this new way of learning. Online classes are indeed the best alternative medium of learning in the present situation. Your teachers are working very hard to make these classes very engaging and interesting. It’s true that you must be missing school, friends and teachers. Online classes are certainly not a substitute for real classroom teaching .But take this as an opportunity to spend time with your family. Pursue hobbies that you might have wanted to for long such as photography, reading, writing poems or a story, cooking, gardening, and learning public speaking .You can connect virtually with your cousins and friends through the means of social media. Let’s make maximum use of this time and learn new things that can help you in your future as well.

A: Firstly, we thank your parents and all others who are fighting like warriors to save humanity.
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.

A: Several students who have plans to study abroad have delayed their plans due to lockdown restrictions imposed in various countries across the globe leading to suspension of classes and visa processes.
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.

A: It’s 2020, and you have an entire world of free online workouts, many of which require nothing more than a small amount of space. Technology is offering incredible fitness programmes for constrained spaces. Follow a routine. Get up early and invest that time in yoga. Use your staircase for cardio. Strength building exercise sessions helps. Running in place is an option for you. Sessions on crunches, squats, lunges, and pilates with wall support, planks are good result yielding exercise regime. Eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh greens. Choose a fruit or oil - free healthy option for snacking in between meals. Practice mindful eating. Keep you self-hydrated and most importantly stay positive and motivated.

- By University/College Students


A: Motivation is not sought; it is inside us. Our own will to excel and deliver good performance is sign of high motivation. You can schedule yourself, keep small targets, reduce the T.V. time and indulge for short duration indoor exercises. Inculcate a balanced diet along with extra water intake, it will provide adequate oxygen to brain. Other tips to self-motivate are: Be positive & hopeful. Think empowering, expansive thoughts.; Choose to be happy. Happy people are easily motivated. Happiness is your birth right so don’t settle for anything else, however, it is your choice too; Spend at least one hour a day in self-development. Read good books or listen to inspiring music.; Train yourself to finish what you start. So many of us become scattered as we try to accomplish a task. Finish one task before you begin another.; Live fully in the present moment. When you live in the past or the future you aren’t able to make things happen in the present.
Remember! the power to succeed or fail will always be yours alone. You alone have the responsibility to shape your life.

A: Time management in modern day living is also the hallmark of life management skills. Firstly, make a schedule that is possible. When you find yourself sitting and watching TV for hours or just doing nothing and getting bored, use your work list to change your free time into a productive time. Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. If it is easier, use a planner to track all of your tasks and do not forget to reward yourself for your accomplishment. Keep a note in diary or put a reminder buzzer to help you keep a track of your responsibilities and tasks. This will give you plenty of time to do what you want to do.
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.

A: It hasn’t been too long ago that online degrees were not taken seriously by employers, treating the credentials as certificate programs. However, attitudes have changed as new technologies boosted the popularity of virtual learning, encouraging the participation of traditional schools in this new format.
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!

A: Firstly, try to understand whether these feelings have just started to arise or they were there even before this pandemic situation. If they were present even before this time, you may contact a Professional and work upon what is suggested. If you have started feeling this way recently, it is natural and temporary, however, you should take help from the university counseling services or helpline. Quick simple suggestions would be to talk to your friend or you can move on to something lighter when you begin to feel overwhelmed.

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