The Birds and Bees Talk Launched Helpline Services for Adolescents

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : Reckitt, the global leader in consumer-healthcare Durex led The Birds and Bees Talk programme, celebrated World Mental Health Day in six states of North-East India including Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, and Mizoram. As part of the initiative, Reckitt and Plan India hosted a webinar focusing on the relevance and importance of mental health for adolescents, the impact of Covid- 19 and thus launching a helpline number that will give easy access and guidance around emotional and mental well-being. The service available will be under the guidance of Nitu Sanasam, a renowned mental health practitioner working with the Ya_All organization. Nitu previously has been associated with the organisation and has led a psychosocial support team, spearheading tele- counselling during the 2nd wave of the Covid- 19 pandemic. Realising that adolescence is a time of exploration and developing their

identity, or a sense of self, through this strategic initiative, the helpline number will provide services to address common stressors with counselling sessions, clarification of general doubts and queries related to psychosocial support. Ravi Bhatnagar, Director, External Affairs & Partnerships, South Asia, Reckitt said that at Reckitt, their objective has always been to protect, nurture and heal the people to create a healthier world. Through The Birds and Bees Talk programme, they aim to educate the youth of 6 North Eastern States importance of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being to build happier and healthier lives. On World Mental Health Day, they want to create awareness on mental health issues in an ‘Unequal World’. They are proud to launch their mental health helpline in association with Ya_All, which aims to support adolescents by creating a safe space and sense of security to help them cope with challenges that are difficult to communicate and administer. They aim to provide them with the right guidance to make informed choices and the right decisions. Helpline ‘Talking Birds’ number is +919362894599. Additionally, the webinar was also chaired by esteemed guest speakers:  Leishangthem Kamala, Assistant Director, Directorate of Education, Manipur, Mala Lisham, Child Protection Officer, Social Welfare Department, Manipur, Dr Satish Rasaily, Psychiatrist, District Hospital Singtam, Govt. of Sikkim.

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Report : Anustup Kundu