The helpline quantity is 8448-8448-45 and might be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, 7 days per week and is obtainable in Hindi and English languages, knowledgeable the 2 organisations by means of a press launch.
The general public helpline will present psychosocial counselling assist for a variety of psychological well being points and first help assist for suicidal tendencies, depressive problems, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive dysfunction (OCD) and different psychological well being issues.
The organisations anticipate that, within the first 12 months of operations, the helpline will present assist to greater than 24,000 beneficiaries by means of roughly 48,400 PSFA calls.
The initiative has been launched by Dr. Thiruppugazh, Extra Secretary, Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA), Authorities of India, Dr. Sekar Kasi, Professor & Head, Registrar, Heart for Psychosocial Help in Catastrophe Administration, NIMHANS; together with International Information of Heartfulness, Kamlesh D Patel.
Dr. Thiruppugazh, Extra Secretary, Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA), Authorities of India, mentioned, “Covid 19 is the largest catastrophe, we’ve confronted in impartial India, not solely when it comes to lack of lives, but in addition when it comes to financial loss. It additionally one of many largest disasters when it comes to psychological trauma. A lot of the harm in circumstances of Covid 19 is invisible not like different disasters. Family members, care givers of people who find themselves in covid isolation are probably the most pressured as they aren’t capable of assist their family members. Those that have recovered additionally proceed to undergo from psychological trauma. The necessity for psychological therapeutic is as a lot necessary as bodily therapeutic. Serving to humanity throughout a disaster is true spirituality. I’m completely happy to increase my assist and information for this initiative and want nice success for Voice that Cares.”
The initiative is backed by skilled counsellors, 50 grasp trainers who’ve been skilled by consultants from NIMHANS, and 160 volunteers who’ve been skilled to offer PSFA counselling. The initiative can also be supported by an advisory panel consisting of senior psychologists / psychiatrists who will monitor the operations and information the workforce.
Dr. Sekar Kasi, Professor & Head, Registrar, Heart for Psychosocial Help in Catastrophe Administration, NIMHANS, mentioned, “NDMA has acknowledged that psychosocial assist and psychological well being companies as one of many main focus areas for the approaching years. The pandemic has triggered vital emotional, bodily, in addition to financial issues, not solely in India however around the globe. Psycho-social performs an important function in mitigating the emotional and psychological challenges brought on by this pandemic. Within the psychological well being discipline, at the moment we’re new diagnostic standards when it comes to Covid despair, Covid anxiousness, Covid PTSD and others. Including to the disaster, we’ve only a few psychological well being professionals in India. We now have 1 psychiatrist for each 2,00,000 inhabitants. On this regard, Voice that Cares is a superb initiative, and I commend the efforts of Heartfulness Institute and ROCF Basis in bringing forth a much-needed service to humanity.”
Talking in regards to the initiative, Kamlesh D Patel, International Information of Heartfulness, mentioned, “Socio-psychology is extra related and priceless at the moment than in some other interval within the final a long time. It doesn’t matter which strata of the society one belongs to. Psychological well being is an space of concern in all lessons of the society. The function of our companies is to create a friendlier affiliation between psychological well being issues and those that want assist probably the most. Voice that Cares initiative was born out of this important want to maneuver away from the stigma related to it, educate the plenty, and improve the collective well-being of our society.”