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Kiran: Mental Health Rehabilitation Helpline launched

  • IASbaba
  • September 15, 2020
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Kiran: Mental Health Rehabilitation Helpline launched

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Health

In news

  • 24/7 toll-free helpline ‘Kiran’ was recently launched.
  • Launched by: The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment 
  • Objective: To provide support to people facing anxiety, stress, depression, suicidal thoughts and other mental health concerns.
  • Coordinated by: The National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR), Sehore (Madhya Pradesh).

Key takeaways

  • It will cater to – People in Distress, pandemic induced psychological issues and Mental Health Emergency.
  • It will offer mental health rehabilitation services with the objective of early screening, first-aid, psychological support, distress management, promoting positive behaviours, etc.
  • It will be available in 13 languages and has 660 clinical/rehabilitation psychologists and 668 psychiatrists as volunteers.
  • Helpline operators had been sensitised not to ask the caller for name or any identification details.

Do you know?

  • Earlier, the Ministry of Education had launched the ‘Manodarpan’ initiative to provide psycho-social support and counselling to students for their mental health and well-being.

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