News : Health Helpline Gets 2,750 Calls
Chennai, India, March 2, 2016 -- With the final exams upon the city and thousands of students preparing to write them, the 104 health helpline has been ringing constantly. As of Monday, said B. Prabhudoss, head, marketing and hospital relations, GVK EMRI, which runs the State helpline, close to 2,750 calls have been received.
A majority of the calls — over 1,600 have been from students, while teachers have made 269 calls, he said. About 800 of the calls were about diet and sleep patterns — what to eat and how much to sleep during the exams, while other calls pertained to strengthening memory, allaying anxiety, dealing with a sense of inferiority, comparisons and family situations.
"We talk to them about the importance of repetition, tell them that anxiety is normal and teach them deep breathing techniques," said Mr. Elayaraja at the helpline.
The helpline began its counselling services on January 7, with preparatory counselling for the exams and is now in its second phase. The final phase will be during the results.
At Sneha, which runs the suicide prevention helpline (044- 24640050/60), while there has been no spike in calls so far, the centre is gearing up for the results, said its founder Lakshmi Vijayakumar.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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