Indian Medical Association Seeks Counselling Centres In Medical Colleges

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sought setting up of counselling centres and a 24×7 helpline in all medical colleges to help students deal with mental health issues.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sought setting up of counselling centres and a 24×7 helpline in all medical colleges and teaching institutions to help students deal with mental health issues. The move comes days after Doctor Payal Tadvi, 26, allegedly committed suicide after facing harassment by her seniors at a state-run hospital in Mumbai. The IMA has launched an initiative named Doctors 4 Doctors (D4D) aimed at preventing burn out, address mental health challenges, reduce the incidents of suicide among residents and clinicians.

“We will achieve this by creating awareness of the issue and using tools for emotional well-being. We will provide training for self-help and offer D-4-D Free Help Lines to those in need,” IMA national president Santanu Sen said.

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