Plea seeking appointment of mental health professionals in schools

On Monday, the Delhi High Court sought responses from the Delhi government and the Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS) to a petition mentioning non-implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 that provides that there must be mental health clinics in educational institutions.

The court issued notice to the Delhi government and IHBAS and psotpone the matter to September 16 for further hearing.

The petitioner contended that the professionals of mental health must be there in each and every educational institutions.

Further the petitioner requested that all educational institutions must follow and implement the laws mentioned under the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 across the country.

Along with this, mental health professionals/ centres/ clinics must be appointed to diagnose and assess students across educational institutions and National Mental Health Programme should be encourageed for awareness and promotion of mental health issues among Indian students.

Moreover, the petitioner also stated that COVID-19 had negatively impacted the psychology of students with stress , anxiety, fear, insomnia, isolation, trauma, lack of self-confidence together with academic pressure by educational institutions, these issuees are not addressed because of inadequate attention from institutional support mechanisms.

Next the matter will be heard on September, 16.

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