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School students are a vulnerable population. They are in a period of their lives that is crucial for their mental health development. Children will be taught how to handle stress, depression and so on. For which, the central government is considering to include mental health lessons in school syllabus.

Prakash Javadekar, Union Human Resource Development Minister said, “To help students educate about mental health issues, the causes and the treatment, the central government is considering to include mental health lessons in the syllabus. The concerned officials have been asked to give suggestions regarding the same.”

Dr Ashwinikumar Bhawadwaj, a psychologist from Nashik said, “Students are under stress due to being burdened of studies. This shows central government’s seriousness towards this vital issue. To spread awareness amongst the students regarding the mental health issues, it should be included in the syllabus. It is the need of the hour.”

Psychologist Swapnil Bhopi underlined, “To reduce the increasing stress level amongst the school children, with other subjects, mental health issues like schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety and so n should be included in the syllabus. It is necessary to create awareness. Regarding this, we will send a request letter to Balbharati.”

“Mental health lessons should be included in the syllabus. Students should be educated on maintaining overall psychological well-being,” explained Dr Sagar Mundada, psychiatrist and youth-wing president, of Indian Medical Association (IMA)-Maharashtra Chapter.

The problem of suicides among Indian students is worsening. In the three years since 2014, as many as 26,476 students have killed themselves in India, according to the latest data sent to the ministry of home affairs by all Indian states and union territories.

According to the data, Maharashtra and Bengal recorded the most number of suicides, while there was none reported in Lakshadweep.

At 1,350, Maharashtra logged the highest number for 2016, accounting for 14% of the total.

West Bengal and Tamil Nadu followed with 1,147 and 981 student suicides respectively.

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