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Children Flag NCPCR to Address Covid Stress | India News


NEW DELHI: More than 400 callers contacted the tele-counseling service of the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights (NCPCR) established in September seeking psychological and emotional support for children directly affected by the Covid-19 and the situation derived from the pandemic.
Many children who tested positive for coronavirus sought help in managing stress and anxiety after recovery.
The helpline aimed at providing assistance to children in quarantine, isolation and recovery in Covid care centers, has received calls not only from children but also from parents seeking guidance for the well-being of their children. Officials said children who have not suffered from Covid but are distressed have also called to discuss their concerns, mainly related to education.
According to the data, around 1,300 calls were received between September 19 and October 31. Of these, around 400 were answered as the rest were calls that were cut off or no one spoke. These 400 calls also included people who called repeatedly and more than one child seeking advice. “Most of the calls came from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Delhi,” said an NCPCR official.
Called Awareness Action on Mental Health Vulnerability through Emotional Development and Necessary Acceptance (Samvedna), the free tele-counseling service – 1800-121-2830 – is staffed by a network of qualified experts, counselors and psychologists. NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo said the helpline that started for three months to start now will continue during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, data from the national helpline (Childline – 1098) that responds to SOS calls for children in distress shows that between March 20 and October 31, of the total interventions (244,265), those related to Covid accounted for 55% (134,428). Interventions related to the anguish derived from the pandemic ranged from addressing the need for food during the confinement and subsequently, medical assistance, provision of educational materials, helping children to return home during the confinement and counseling.

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