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Kids dial NCPCR to tackle Covid stress | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Over 400 callers have reached out to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights’s (NCPCR) tele-counselling service set-up in September seeking psychological and emotional support to children directly impacted by Covid-19 and the situation arising out of the pandemic.
Many children who had tested positive for the coronavirus sought help for stress and anxiety management post recovery.
The helpline aimed at providing assistance to children in quarantine, isolation and recovering in Covid care centres, has received calls not just from children but also from parents seeking guidance for the well-being of their children. Officials said that children who have not suffered from Covid but are feeling distressed have also called to discuss their worries, mostly related to education.
According to data, around 1,300 calls were received between September 19 and October 31. Of these, around 400 were answered as the rest were either calls that dropped or no one spoke. These 400 calls also included repeat callers and more than one child seeking counselling. “Most of the calls came from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Delhi,” an NCPCR official said.
Called Sensitizing Action on -Mental Health Vulnerability through Emotional Development and Necessary Acceptance (Samvedna), the toll free tele-counselling service — 1800-121-2830 — is serviced by a network of qualified experts, counsellors and psychologists. NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo said the helpline which was started for three months to begin with will now continue through the pandemic.
Meanwhile, data from national helpline (Childline — 1098) which responds to SOS calls for children in distress show that between March 20 and October 31, out of the total interventions (244,265), those related to Covid accounted for 55% (134,428). Interventions related to distress arising out of the pandemic ranged from addressing the need for food during lockdown and afterwards, medical assistance, provision of education material, assisting children return to their homes during lockdown and counselling.

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