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Spread awareness on mental health helpline, urges women’s forum

Spread awareness on mental health helpline, urges women’s forum

16 Oct 2020 No comment 25 hits



The Goa Women’s Forum (GWF) has urged the Directorate of Women and Child Development (DWCD) to make efforts to promote the central government’s ‘Kiran’ helpline facility among women in the state in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. They made the call coinciding with the occasion of International Day of Rural Women observed on October 15. 

In a letter to the DWCD director Deepali Naik, GWF pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all women in Goa and more specifically the women living in rural areas and, hence it was important to provide adequate support to them.

This, they said, could be done by promoting a recently launched helpline called ‘Kiran’.

The Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) had launched Kiran, a mental health rehabilitation toll free helpline (1800 599 0019).

The helpline seeks to address issues such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks and suicidal thoughts among others. As the helpline is available 24 by 7 and in 13 languages which include Hindi, Marathi and Kannada among others it will definitely benefit women in Goa as well, stated the forum.

“We have requested that the DWCD must inform all CDPOs and Mukhya Sevikas about this helpline and to request them to inform all the anganwadi centres. The Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committee of North and South Goa, the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Goa State Commission for Women, District Women’s police
stations and the ‘One Stop Centre’ for women in distress be also informed about this helpline,” said forum convener Lorna Fernandes.

The DWCD must also take steps to inform all elected women panchayat members and municipal councillors through the Directorate of Panchayats and Directorate of Municipal Administration about this helpline, she added.

Copies of the GWF letter have also been sent to the Chief Secretary, secretary, women and child development, social welfare, health, civil supplies and GAD, respective collectors and district magistrates, directorate of panchayats, municipal administration, social welfare and tribal welfare, respective district SPs and DGP and director of civil supplies and consumer affairs. 

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