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TRAC 2022 report focuses on mental health and psychosocial well-being of children amid COVID-19

New Delhi: Bal Raksha Bharat (globally known as Save the Children), launched its first edition report ‘TRAC 2022– The Rights and Agency of Children’, focusing on the Mental health and psychosocial well-being of children amid COVID-19. The report has been made in consultation with NIMHANS and other organisations.

It aims to contribute to policy and programme making at national, state, and local levels towards strengthening mental health systems across all relevant departments. Findings were drawn from 4200 children across five states of India (Assam, Bihar, MP, Telangana, UP), and a secondary literature review across different countries.

Unveiling the maiden edition of this report, Rakesh Ranjan, Mission Director, Aspirational District Program, NITI Aayog said, “The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development represents the highest aspirations for a bright future for the world’s children and serves as the blueprint for creating the world that children need and are demanding. Data and evidence on the progress of child rights will play a crucial role in enabling the success of such government-run programmes. The TRAC report not only highlights the issues that concern children in India, through their own voices but also mentions the efforts by the central and state governments to improve the future of children in India.”

The prime focus of the study was to highlight the coping strategy used by them to face the distress caused by the pandemic in the last two years, using a global Brief-COPE study tool (Coping Experience to Problem Experience). The study corresponds to 14 different coping strategies (which are further classified under three categories- problem-focused, emotion-focused, and avoidant coping) and assesses coping patterns among children during the pandemic.

Deepak Kapoor, Chairperson, Bal Raksha Bharat, said, “We are honored to bring out the first issue of the TRAC report with findings, and are confident that this report will help in setting appropriate policies and programmes and deepen the discourse of mental well-being, and action to ensure a safe, dignified, and happy future for all children of India.”

The key findings from the primary data collection reflect that one in two children used avoidant coping (52.7 per cent), and often problem-focused coping (51.0 per cent), followed by emotion-focused coping (43.3 per cent) mechanism. Another coping strategy commonly used was the religious-coping mechanism, which was practiced more among rural adolescents compared to urban settings.

Commenting on accessibility, Dr Shekhar Seshadri, Former Director, NIMHANS, said, “Child mental health lies not in textbooks of psychiatry, but out there in the community, in the streets, in homes and families, in child care institutions and schools, in books, music and the theatre of everyday life.”

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