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Government mental health helpline receives 1.5 lakh calls in 8 months, most in the age group of 18 to 45

Analysis of call data shows that most of the calls were made by people in the age group of 18 to 45 years. About 6.22 percent of the total calls were emergency cases where counsellors ensured that adequate assistance was provided, while 90 percent were routine.



Mental helpline

As we are moving towards a technical world, people are stressed with their work life and family life. Most of the people are suffering from a mental health issue which requires an immediate cure. The awareness is increasing among people regarding mental health issues. For the betterment of mental health, the government initiated a program and introduced a helpline to provide free and round-the-clock mental health services.

The helpline is reported to have received over 1.5 lakh calls since it started its operation eight months ago. Among the 1.5 lakh people, most of these people belong to the age group of 18 to 45. Overall, two-thirds of the callers are male.

According to the report, the helpline Tele-MANAS (Tele-MANAS Helpline) was started by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the occasion of World Mental Health Day October 10, 2022. The ministry said that it was part of the government’s efforts to address the ‘mental health crisis’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 1,600 trained counselors who can provide assistance in over 20 languages, there are currently 42 tele-psychiatry cells in the country. These can be accessed through toll-free numbers (14416 or 1800-89-14416).

Dr. Swati Raveendran, assistant professor of psychiatry at NIMHANS, which acts as the nodal center for the helpline network, said their priority is to save lives and reduce the stress of the people at this time. Swathi Raveendran was one of the first women to join the Tele-Manas team. She further added that at the time of emergency calls, their counselors are on call with the patients till they reach the hospital.

Analysis of call data shows that most of the calls were made by people in the age group of 18 to 45 years. About 6.22 percent of the total calls were emergency cases where counsellors ensured that adequate assistance was provided, while 90 percent were routine.  Sadness, sleep disturbance, stress, anxiety, and relationship or family conflict were among the most common complaints.

Dr Raveendran further said they categorize calls on the basis of complaints with which people reach out to them, not diagnosis. The diagnosis was not the motive, there have been a lot of misconceptions when it comes to mental health, and people consider it a stigma to talk about it. Significantly, two-thirds of the calls to the helpline were from men. She said this could be because more men have access to phones and can take advantage of the privacy they can get out of their homes.

She also emphasizes on the confidentiality of the call they receive on the emergency helpline number.  Their primary responsibility has been to keep the interaction between the counselor and patient private.  

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Lok Sabha elections: BJP candidate Mukesh Dalal wins from Surat after opponents remain out of fray

BJP’s Surat Lok Sabha candidate Mukesh Dalal has won the seat unopposed



Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Mukesh Dalal is elected unopposed from Gujarat’s Surat Lok Sabha constituency after all other contenders withdrew their candidature.

Gujrat BJP chief CR Paatil took to hi social media account X, formerly Twitter, and congratulated Dalal for being elected unopposed.

This latest developmnet comes after the cancellation of two Congress candidates’ nominations on Sunday and the withdrawal of eight more on Monday.

The Congress candidate for the Surat Lok Sabha constituency, Nilesh Kumbhani, had his nomination form canceled since he was unable to produce even one of his three proposers before the election commissioner.

The differences in three proposers’ signatures on Kumbhani’s nomination form had drawn scrutiny from the BJP.

The Congress’s replacement candidate from Surat, Suresh Padsala, had his nomination form nullified as well, which eliminated the party from the race in the city.

Returning Officer Sourabh Pardhi issued an order stating that the four nomination forms that Kumbhani and Padsala had presented were refused because there were initially found differences in the proposers’ signatures, making them seem fake.

Pardhi’s order also mentioned that the proposers acknowledged having signed the forms themselves in their affidavits. It should be noted that Kumbhani’s three proposers were related to him.

Nilesh Kumbhani was given a day by the Returning Officer to submit his response following the proposers’ claim. The congressional candidate arrived at the polling place with his representative; however, none of his three proposers showed up.

According to the order, the Congress candidate’s attorney had requested that the camera tape be checked, and even their presence was not discovered.

Meanwhile, the Congress said that everyone was afraid of the government’s threat and accused the ruling BJP of being involved in dirty play.

Congress leader and activist Babu Mangukiya said that Kumbhani’s three proposers had been abducted, and he suggested that the Returning Officer look into this matter rather than the validity of the signed form.

According to Mangukiya, it was improper to cancel the form without first telechecking the signatures and determining whether or not the proposers’ signatures were accurate.

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Arvind Kejriwal writes letter to Tihar Jail officials, asks for insulin daily

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, jailed in the now-scrapped liquor policy case, said he had been requesting insulin daily due to high blood sugar levels



Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is a diabetic patient who filed a legal action alleging that Tihar Jail staff denied him the supply of  insulin for 31 days, has taken aim at the jail administration, charging them with alse statements and lying under political pressure (from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party).

According to sources, the Aam Aadmi Party chief, who is arrest by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21 in connection with an alleged Delhi liquor policy scam, wrote a letter to the superintendent of Tihar Jail after the jail set up a video conference with medical professionals from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which is run by the central government. Jail officials said that the insulin supply had not been increased following the discussion.

The doctors assured Kejriwal that there is no serious concern, and they suggested him to continue with the prescribed medicines, which will be evaluated regularly, according to jail officials.

Kejriwal, however, views the situation differently.

The Delhi CM mentioned in his letter, that he read the Tihar administration’s statement in the press. After reading the statements, he was sad. In his letter, Kejriwal said, Tihar Jail’s two claims are false. He requests insulin every day. He told the jail authority that sugar levels are high after displaying the glucometer readings to them three times a day, he added.

He continued saying  that the values for sugar levels are between 250 and 320 mg/dl, and that he demandeds insulin almost every day. Then how the jail officials are claiming that he never brought up the topic of insulin?, the AAP leader said.

Kejriwal also mentioned the data of World Health Organization (WHO) which says, the expected values for normal fasting blood glucose concentration are between 70 and 100 mg/dL (or milligrams per decilitre).

AIIMS doctors never said there is nothing to worry about. They said they will respond after looking at the (medical) data and (patient) history, added the chief minister.

He is believed to have told the jail chief, the Tihar administration is lying under political pressure,in an effort to increase hostilities with the Centre, which he has accused of having a political vendetta, in the run-up to the May 25 Lok Sabha election in the national capital.

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Ranveer Singh files FIR in viral Deepfake video case

The official spokesperson of Ranveer Singh has confirmed that anFIR has been lodged by the Cyber Crime Cell.



Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, who’s recent deepfake video went viral on the intenet, has filled a police complaint over it.  After Rashmika Mandanna, Alia Bhatt and Nora Fatehi’s deepfake videos went viral, there was a general outcry against the improper use of technology and the lack of sufficient legal protections that have allowed this dangerous application of artificial intelligence (AI) to proliferate.

In a recent development, Ranveer Singh’s official spokesman revealed that a FIR has been filed for the Cyber Crime Cell to conduct additional investigation in response to a police complaint made by Ranveer.

The spokesperson said in a statement, yes, they have filed the police complaint and FIR has been lodged against the handle that was promoting the AI-generated deepfake video of Ranveer Singh.

In an artificial intelligence (AI) produced deepfake video, the actor can be seen discussing politics. However, originally the video was from his recent trip to Varanasi, but the audio is a voice clone created using artificial intelligence.

The Band Baja Barat actor was seen in the video pleading with voters to support Nayay (justice) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. It was eventually made clear, though, that the viral video had been altered and changed. In addition, Ranveer addressed the matter and issued a social media warning, writing on X, “Deepfake se bacho dostonnnn.”

Earlier this month, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan was seen endorsing a political party in another deepfake video that went viral on social media. Following widespread public interest in the video, Mumbai police acted and filed an FIR against an unidentified individual. Khan’s office filed a police report (FIR) at the Khar Police station, citing pertinent parts of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) such as 419 (impersonation), 420 (cheating), and other Information Technology Act sections.

Aamir Khan’s spokesperson then released a statement in which they made it clear that the widely circulated video was fake.

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