Soon, school teachers from Mumbai will be able to identify, the symptoms of mental illness among students. On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, Mumbai’s civic-run Nair hospital, and Indian Psychiatrist Society (IPS) have joined hands to impart this training to the teachers. Around 400 teachers of various schools will be trained under this programme.
Excessive use of a smartphone, tough competition, online gaming, and peer pressure are the main contributors behind increasing mental illness among school students. Owing to this, students are suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.
To overcome this, Mumbai’s Nair hospital, along with has joined the Indian Psychiatrist Society (IPS) and have launched an initiative to train the school teachers. The first such programme was organised on October 3 in Mumbai.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ramesh Bharma, Dean, Nair hospital, said, “Mental illnesses among school children are on the rise. It’s a matter of concern for all of us. To identify such cases, we have started training school teachers about mental illness. Throughout this week, we will be organising various activities which will shed a light on reasons why mental illness is on the rise, and why students are committing suicide.”
A few days ago the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had taken a decision to appoint counsellors in civic-run schools. Mental Health Week is being celebrated from October 4 to 10.
“As per studies, one out of ten schoolgoing children suffers from mental illness. Students slip into depression, stress, and anxiety. About 70 per cent of students suffer from mental illness during the school days,” added Dr Bharmal.
Dr Hemangi Dhawane, HOD, Psychiatric, Nair Hospital, said, “There is a steep rise in depression among school-going children. If we want to identify it, we need to train teachers. So, a workshop was organised, so that teachers can learn how to identify mental illness among children.”