Prominent psychiatrist and founder of the MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation C. Ramasubramanian said an award would be given to the best corporate school that seriously strives to put the emotional well-being of students first, in the part of the Happy Schooling 2.0 program while addressing a group of corporate school directors who have received psychological first aid training to help students.
The Happy Schooling program was launched in 2018 by Madurai Corporation in 24 of its schools, with support from the HCL Foundation and MSCT & RF, to promote academic excellence and the emotional well-being of students.
During the three-year period, he succeeded in sensitizing 13,500 students and over 500 teachers in the Corporation’s schools to mental health. As an extension program, Happy Schooling 2.0 was recently launched to raise awareness about mental health in all schools operated by the Company. It will focus on literacy, training and intervention at 4 levels: school leaders, teachers, students and parents.
As part of its first meeting on Saturday, the directors of 59 company schools received training in psychological first aid.
G. Gurubharathy, director of the MS Chellamuthu Institute of Mental Health and Rehabilitation, who led the session, said: “As schools have opened after the pandemic, students may face transition stress. . We train teachers to help students deal with this stress. Psychological first aid training provides them with advice on how to identify and pay attention to students who appear to be in distress. If they identify such children, they can bring them to our attention and we will help them.
Dr Ramasubramanian said mental health is a very important aspect in the 21st century and especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. He said the pandemic has affected us all psychologically. Students may be stressed or face issues such as phone addiction during this time. Teachers need to understand their students’ behavior and bring them to our attention when they need help. A better school that makes serious efforts for its students through this program will receive a prize. ”
He also said there was a plan to offer interested corporate school teachers the opportunity to take degree courses on the board.
Schools and teachers can contact the helpline 93754 93754 to seek help from a team of counselors if students are facing mental health issues.