The 104 health helpline was launched after three students committed suicide in three days. On the day of NEET, when one student took extreme measures, the other two took their lives after the exam.
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The health department then set up a helpline through which counselors would reach out to 1,10,971 candidates from Tamil Nadu who had appeared for the NEET-UG exam. The state has hired 60 psychologists and 25 psychiatrists to provide counseling to these students. All 1,10,971 student numbers were collected and contacted.
Periyasami, a psychologist with the 104 Health Helpline, told IANS, “There was excitement among the large number of students taking the NEET, and we found that the most tense students were those who took the repeater test. Dedicated to the whole year and therefore they will be very tense after appearing for the exam. ”
Counselors said 200 students have been classified as ‘high risk’ and counselors are in regular contact with them to take final action.
“Of the 1,10,971 NEET examinees, 45,000 did not respond to our repeated calls, but we will continue to call and try and advise them,” Dr Sarbanan, head of the 104 Health Helpline, told IANS.
He said all students would be contacted again and the process would continue until the students responded to the call. He said the calls would continue until the test results came out.
Speaking to IANS, Dr Ven Venkatesh Madankumar, an assistant professor at the Chennai Institute of Mental Health Institute of Psychiatry, said, “Some students are taking the exam easily and they said they would choose another career if they could not do it. However, 15 Percentage of students said that medicine is their life. ”
Counselors further said that some of the students who appeared for the first time are also very tense and according to statistics these students are those who come from socially and economically weak backgrounds.
“Most such students will be graduating for the first time in their family and they will feel more tension. Counselors are contacting high-risk students every alternate day and we are also contacting their parents,” Sarvanan said.
He added that the details of these students are given to the district administration where they live and officials will inspect the homes of these students.
Dr. Raj Rajini. UV told IANS, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Madurai Government Medical College, “Students need to be properly taught that medicine is not the end of life and this is not a test and they have high potential and if they can’t try other cases, the test will crack. ”
At 104, counselors said that most students who are in tension want someone to listen to their problems. “We are telling them that we are there to listen to them and solve their problems,” a psychologist told IANS.
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