CS inaugurates mental health helpline ‘Sukoon’ In Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, Union Territory of J&K inaugurated SUKOON (a 24×7 Mental Health Helpline), at SDRF Headquaters Srinagar.
The prominent persons who attended the programme included P.K.Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar IGP Kashmir zone, Ajaz Assad, Dy. Commissioner Srinagar.
The event was organized by SDRF in collaboration with J&K Tourism Department and Mission Youth J&K. A cultural programme was presented by the local artists Abid Ali &Shazia Bashir.
Haseeb-ur-Rehman, JKPS, Commandant SDRF 1stBnemphasized that the helpline (Toll-free Number 1800-180-7159) shall offer guidance to persons (or their well-wishers) who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, panic attack, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adjustment disorder, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, mental health emergency and pandemic induced psychological stress. The helpline guides the caller to avail service of clinical psychologists, therapists, counselors and psychiatrists and provided 24×7 one-to-one support, free and confidential services to those experiencing mental health issues.
The staff posted with helpline has been imparted training by renowned mental health expertslike DrMuzaffar Khan & Dr. Syed Aqeel, Consultant Psychiatrist.
The Chief Guest appreciated the initiative of the team SDRF in starting the helpline which shall be supporting vulnerable sections in a big way. The Chief Guest urged youth to avail helpline Sukoon’s assistance, if needed. He highlighted that under MISSION YOUTH J&K, every type of financial assistance shall be provided. DGP cum Commandant General HG/CD & SDRF explained that his team has adopted two good practices during the pandemic. First, 200 SDRF and 40 NDRF personnel were trained for Covid care duties and then deployed at Seven hospitals in J&K. The second good practice is the helpline to offer support to persons facing health issues.

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