A helpline will provide counseling and support to children and parents amid lockdown

A helpline will provide counseling and support to children and parents amid lockdown
The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) on Tuesday launched a helpline to provide counseling support to children and parents in carrying out "meaningful engagement and constructive day-to-day functioning" during the coronavirus pandemic.

The helpline was launched by Minister for Women and Child Development Rajendra Pal Gautam on the social media on Tuesday amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus.

"The initiative is in collaboration with Indus Action and COVID Response, a not-for-profit initiative bridged together by three impact-first mental health organisations: Mind Piper, Aatma Prakash and I Am," Anurag Kundu, Member, DCPCR, said.

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A team of trained educationists, psychologists and counsellors will interact with the target audience and provide telephonic counselling from 10 am to 7 pm till April 30, which may be extended as per the need, he said.

"The helpline number 011-411-82977 will be operating on all days. The helpline can be useful in ensuring emotional and psychosocial well-being of the children during the COVID-19 outbreak," Kundu said.

The helpline can also be used by children to learn new activities to keep themselves productively yet creatively engaged in day-to-day routine, he said.

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The DCPCR said parents can also call up to learn about techniques to keep their children engaged and focused on enhancing their creativity, academics, and emotional growth.


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