India, June 9 -- With the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Class 12 and Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Class 10 results declared in Maharashtra recently, the public health department has urged students to connect on toll-free mental health helpline Tele-MANAS if they are feeling isolated and depressed. Mental health experts have raised concerns over the possibility of a surge in mental health issues amongst students post academic results, they said.

Since the launch of the government-run national tele-mental health programme Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele-MANAS) in November 2022, over 70,000 people in Maharashtra have availed the service at toll-free numbers 14416 (for roaming calls) and 1800891441...