A number of mental ailments from anxiety and depression to panic disorders and bipolar disease are showing up in children.
Sounding an alarm, the department of social welfare, women and child development decided on Monday that all government and private schools in Ranchi would have a counsellor from September.
The resolution was made during a workshop of adolescent helpline-cum-counselling centre, Umang, which is run by the department with technical support from Rinpas. The counsellors will be none other than teachers, who will be get hands-on training at Rinpas on September 7 to understand and tackle psychological problems afflicting the young ones.
It further came to light during the workshop that a helpline introduced last year has failed to reach out to adolescents. Calls pour in at 0651-2451058 only from February to April with most students seeking help to overcome examination phobia.
It is good that children call up to get rid of the phobia, but it is equally important that others, who take drastic decisions like committing suicide, turn to us for guidance, said Rinpas director Amool Ranjan.
In order to popularise the helpline, principal secretary of social welfare department Mridula Sinha suggested workshops be held on psychological issues from next month. Activities like painting and debate will also be hosted under the banner of Umang to promote the helpline.