New Delhi, 13 September: NCERT schools will now be conscious about the education of children as well as their mental health. Yes… NCERT has also issued guidelines to all schools for this. According to the guidelines issued by NCERT, setting up of mental health advisory panels, school-based mental health programmes, educational support to ensure mental well-being of students and parents will be included.
Not only this, guidelines for ‘Early detection and intervention of mental health problems in school going children and adolescents’ have been issued by NCERT after the Children’s Mental Health Survey. According to media reports, the survey report launched last week had also revealed examinations, results and peer pressure among the major factors of stress and anxiety among school students. After which a big step has been taken by NCERT.
The guidelines issued by NCEIT state that schools are generally viewed as places where communities of learners are expected to grow in a safe and secure environment. School management, principals, teachers, other staff, and students all spend about 1/3 of a day and about 220 days of the year together. For residential schools in states and union territories schools in India, the time spent by a student in the school community is even higher.
Therefore, it is the responsibility of the school to ensure the safety, health and welfare of all the children in the schools and hostels. According to media reports, each school or group of schools should set up a mental health advisory panel. The Mental Health Advisory Panel should be chaired by the Principal. Not only this, it should have teachers, parents, students and alumni as members. It will create awareness, and also plan and implement an age and gender appropriate annual school mental health program.
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There should be a provision for identifying behavior in schools. Not only this, students should be empowered by educating them about intimidation and bullying. The issued guidelines further stated that teachers can be treated with attachment issues, separation anxiety, school refusal, communication issues, anxiety patterns, depressive states, conduct issues, excessive internet use, hyperactivity, intellectual disabilities and learning disabilities. For students to be trained to recognize early signs. They should provide a confidential way for students to report any incidents that are of concern to them.
NCERT issued guidelines to schools to identify mental health problems in children
Story first published: Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 16:14 [IST]