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Helping them cope with trauma left by floods

Students take a break from classes to be part of a counselling session —Photo: S.R.Raghunathan

Students take a break from classes to be part of a counselling session —Photo: S.R.Raghunathan  

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A group of students at the Chennai High School in Kottur took a break from regular classes last Saturday, to take part in interactive activities and games. A voluntary organisation took initiative to give counselling session to students affected by the floods, through GVK EMRI services.

B. Prabhudoss, Head of Marketing and Hospital Relations, GVK EMRI, said while they had been offering counselling for people experiencing post-traumatic stress after the floods, this was the first initiative in a school. “Students from areas that were severely affected had been experiencing lack of motivation and high stress levels that we will seek to address in these sessions,” he said.

Psychologists from the 104 helpline held the session at the school and organised activities and games that touched upon the symptoms of trauma and stress while speaking to students on how to effectively overcome them. Simple breathing techniques and exercises were taught. “Based on the sessions, the psychologists will identify children who might need further one-on-one counselling and we will facilitate the sessions. We are hoping to take this further to more schools in the city,” Mr. Prabhudoss added.

Sampath Kumar of SYMA, the voluntary organisation, said that they had decided to counsel students as part of a rehabilitation process.

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