Special Programme For Teenagers
On Aug 02, 2012
|Trivandrum: To give special attention to teenagers and to
tackle the increasing behavioral problems among them, the psychiatry and
community medicine departments of the Trivandrum Medical College are
planning a behavioural vaccination programme. This programme will help
reduce psychiatric disorder among teens.
The progarmme is to include sessions like life skills training and counseling which would help teenagers to bust their stress and conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
“We have decided to introduce our pilot project in 50 schools, both private and government institutions, near the Medical College. The concept of behavioural vaccination applied in most developed countries has never been introduced here. In the past few years, disorders like ADHD and stress related issues have increased among the children in Kerala. Through this programme, our aim is to prevent youngsters from such disorders,” said Dr. Anil from the Psychiatry Department.
|Training programmes will be started from the fourth standard in every
school. The module consists of techniques to develop decision making and
problem solving skills, coping with stress and emotions,
improving communication and inter-personal relationships, critical thinking, creative thinking, self- awareness and empathy.
“We have submitted the project to the Kerala University of Health Services and the proposal has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),” Dr. Anil added.
Counseling and classes would be also given to the parents of those students who are facing such difficulties.