KIRAN– a mental health initiative in the time of covid-19
As the saying goes, “No man is an island entire of it; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main”, describing the relationship between humans.
Man thrives with social interaction when he is a part of something bigger than himself. Social interaction with fellow humans is necessary to maintain the mental health of an individual. The Covid-19 pandemic led to the imposition of very strict lockdown rules initially, that have now been relaxed with stringent social distancing guidelines forcing us to be locked in our homes; some with their families and some alone. This has isolated people, forcing them within the confines of their homes; this has taken a huge toll on the mental health of the people.
The Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Thawarchand G. launched a 24×7 toll-free mental health rehabilitation helpline ‘KIRAN’ (1800-500-0019) on Monday. The helpline developed by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) is available in 13 languages operated by 75 mental health professionals across 25 centers. It will provide first-line services like screening, psychological support and distress management with referral to experts in severe cases.
The choice of anonymity for the patients would increase their comfort levels in seeking treatment. With mental issues on the rise, such initiatives are a step in the right direction helping to erase the stigma surrounding mental issues.
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