New NCERT Guidelines to Schools for Early Identification of Mental Health Issues


Among the recommendations made by NCERT for schools are the creation of a mental health advisory group, a school mental health program, educational assistance to ensure the emotional well-being of students and parental involvement. The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), in response to a study of mental health in school children, has produced guidelines for “the early detection and intervention of mental health problems in school children and adolescents. Exams, results and peer pressure were listed as three main causes of student stress and worry in the study published last week.

“Schools are generally seen as spaces where communities of learners are expected to thrive in a safe and secure environment. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the school to ensure the safety, security, health and welfare of all children at school,” the guidelines read.

The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has advised that in addition to families and parents, teachers need to be aware of early signs as they are also primary caregivers. The NCERT notes that the majority of mental health problems manifest in early adulthood, with half of all mental health problems manifesting by age 14 and three-quarters by age 25. .

(source: PTI)


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