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Rajasthan medical dept to provide free counselling to Ukraine-returned students

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March 23, 2022, 5:38 pm

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Ukraine students at Jaipur Airport. File Photo

Jaipur: The Medical and Health Department has launched ‘Mansamvad’ – a toll-free helpline service for providing mental and emotional counselling to students coming from Ukraine and other war-torn countries. The students can talk to experts on the toll-free number – 1800 1800 018 – if they are struggling with mental and emotional issues.

Medical and health minister Parsadi Lal Meena said that most of the students studying there are returning home due to the Russo-Ukraine war. Since the war tragedy has been experienced very closely by the students, it has had an adverse effect on their minds.

“The state government has started ‘Mansamvad’ toll-free helpline service to provide counselling. I am hopeful that this service would prove to be very effective in the development of emotional and mental health of these students,” said Meena.

He said that through the helpline, subject experts are providing counselling and other information on mental and emotional issues. This helpline service will operate from 9 am to 5 pm on all working days. He said that under the District Mental Health Program being run in the district hospitals, free medical treatment and counselling are also being provided by the doctors for mental health care.

Mission Director Shri Jitendra Kumar Soni has issued instructions to all the Chief Medical and Health Officers, Chief Medical Officers, District Nodal Officers, National Mental Health Program officers in this regard and has also been directed to send the records of daily calls.

First published: March 23, 2022