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“Student Cell”: For suicide prevention

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Source: Telegraph

The Kota Police in India has established a “Student Cell” to address stress and suicides among coaching students. This initiative comes in response to a rising number of student suicides in Kota, a city where about 3lakh students annually prepare for competitive exams like JEE and NEET.

The “Student Cell” comprises police personnel who interact with students, provide counselling, and detect signs of stress or depression. Their efforts include visiting hostels, sharing a dedicated helpline, and offering support.

This move aims to address the challenges faced by students in this highly competitive environment, where academic pressure and parental expectations often lead to stress and mental health issues.

The year 2023 has witnessed a spike in student suicides in Kota, emphasizing the need for such interventions.

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