Helpline Launched For Psychological Distress
Stressing on the importance of mental health and creating awareness about the preventive measures, noted neuro-psychologist Dr.JPS Bhatia announced a toll-free helpline for providing free mental aid and guidance to the needy.
Keeping in mind the importance of mental health, Dr. Bhatia said the 24 hour helpline will provide free psychological aid throughout India. This number +91-9814070700, will be functional from today. “In addition to the helpline, a number of free orientation camps to train people on the ways to provide psychological first aid to a person in any kind of crisis, be it a relationship failure or even a sufferer of bomb blast, will be held. The significance of psychological trauma care has to be realized in order to understand the increasing number of cases related to depression and psychological diseases today,” he said.
He also stated that the stigma attached with mental health or illness needs to be removed in order to reach out to a large section of society. “The biggest fear of any human being is the feeling of being abnormal. This traumatizes a person and alienates him. And this is exactly what the fear of being mentally ill does to a person. We need to learn how to make the person feel safe, connected, calm, and hopeful. He should be assured of access to social, physical and emotional support so that the person regains a sense of control and is able to help himself. Society needs to destigmatise mental illnesses and needs to respect it as other physical disease.”
An orientation session for the interns from Spring-Dales and GNDU was also held at the event, teaching them a framework to respond to a person in crisis, in a natural, supportive and practical manner. He explained the basic line of principles involving warmth, emotional care, listening without pressing the person to talk , assessing his needs, providing physical requirements and information.