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MHRD launches e-books on psycho-social impact of pandemic

May 18, 2020

The Minister for Human Resource Development and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ recently launched online editions of seven books on studies coronavirus under the title ‘Psycho-Social impact of pandemic & lockdown and how to cope with’. The titles have been launched under the corona studies series published by National Book Trust (NBT) India.

During the e-launch, the minister said, “To counter these formidable circumstances that the world is facing these days, NBT has brought out these remarkable and unparalleled set of books, and I hope that these books serve as guides to mental well-being of people at large.”

Books under the current series include – Vulnerable in Autumn: Understanding the Elderly, The Future of Social Distancing: New Cardinals for Children, Adolescents and Youth, The Ordeal of Being Corona Warriors: An Approach to Medical and Essential Service Providers, New Frontiers At Home: An Approach to Women, Mothers and Parents, Conflict: An Approach to the Working Population, Making Sense of It All: Understanding the Concerns of Persons With Disabilities, Alienation And Resilience: Understanding Corona Affected Families.

The titles were launched following a study which looked at the various aspects of Psycho-social impact on seven different segments of the society through personal interviews, case studies and community perceptions based on the response to an online questionnaire floated through the website and other social media handles of National Book Trust, India.

Following the e-launch, their was an interactive session with the minister and researchers and authors of NBT study group. Pokhriyal congratulated the team for their efforts and said that mental health is an important subject, especially during the pandemic.

Prof. Govind Prasad Sharma, NBT Chairman, said, “In my age, I have seen many epidemics and diseases affecting the world, but what we are facing today is challenging because it is affecting the psychology of even those who are not corona-affected. Hence the need for these books is of utmost importance, and they will serve the needs of the readers not only in India but abroad as well”.

The Study, which was conducted and analysed between March 27 and May 1 focusses on the ‘fear of infection as the greatest source of anxiety followed by financial and domestic issues.’ The book comes with illustrations and provides practical tips to cope with the mental stress and anxiety which may be caused due to the pandemic.

Source: NDTV

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