Senior citizens in New Delhi district can now avail of services of psychologists, doctors, legal experts and administrative support at their doorstep during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the administration setting up a dedicated centre for the purpose. Also Read – World Mental Health Day 2020: History And Significance of The Day
The move is aimed at providing holistic support to around 60,000 senior citizens living in the New Delhi district, nodal officer doctor Nitin Shakya said. Also Read – World Mental Health Day 2020: Beware of Early Signs of These Common Psychological Conditions
Shakya said that ”Hasgulla” helpline – 1800111323 — has been set up through which medical assistance, psychological counselling, technology training and facilities of games like chess and carrom can be facilitated for senior citizens. Also Read – Actress Yuko Takeuchi Found Dead: After Four Celebrity Suicides, Japan Urges People to Talk About Mental Health
“Sometimes, senior citizens have psychological issues as they usually stay inside their houses due to COVID-19. The district administration has dedicated teams of psychologists, doctors and legal experts to address the issues of senior citizens,” he said.
Under the initiative, there is also a plan to set up around 500 ”Hasgulla clubs” in coordination with residents” welfare associations and other organisations in the New Delhi district.
At these clubs, senior citizens will get all basic facilities to be provided by the administration.
“First ”Hasgulla” club will come up in Naraina area. We are also creating WhatsApp groups in coordination with RWAs to reach out to more senior citizens,” Shakya also said.