CollegeDekho, India’s largest higher education ecosystem has announced the launch of a new initiative aimed towards creating awareness around mental health among students in India on World Mental Health Day. As part of the seven-day campaign #MarksNahinHaalPoocho, to be live from October 10 till October 16, the company has onboarded Suicide Prevention India Foundation (SPIF) to assist students and parents during mental distress.
UNICEF’s recent report highlights that one in seven Indians between 15-24 years feels depressed or suffer mental health issues. For many students, academic pressure has been one of the key contributors of mental stress and CollegeDekho along with Suicide Prevention India Foundation (SPIF) is creating platforms with access to trained medical counsellors for mental health & well-being. Students and parents will have access to a toll-free helpline that will provide 24X7 free counselling by trained medical counsellors for 7 days and a platform on CollegeDekho.com for students to share their stories anonymously or publicly. Their concerns will be addressed by professional experts, psychiatrists, and psychologists, who will then guide them to overcome their stress. Students can also access a self-help tool kit available on the CollegeDekho website and contact details of government aided hospitals that provide free of cost counselling across India.
Ruchir Arora, Founder & CEO – CollegeDekho, said “Since its inception, CollegeDekho has been committed to enabling students throughout their academic journey, right from their search for a course or college to selecting a plethora of options from Loans to Insurance and Hostel Accommodation. We realize the stress that students bear every day with academic and societal pressure and hope that the #MarksNahinHaalPoocho initiative will help them voice their anguish and fears. I feel that we need more efforts towards empowering the youth and focus on wholesome growth rather than just mere academics. CollegeDekho is committed to exploring and creating all relevant avenues that can help students in achieving their academic goals.”