At least 66 children have committed suicide in Kerala since the imposing of the lockdown in the state till the end of June 2020. With schools closed and minimum chances for social interaction, children are experiencing tremendous mental stress, anxiety and other mental health issues. In this context, Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala, Sri Pinarayi Vijayan has launched a project named 'Chiri' for ensuring the wellbeing of children in Kerala. The objective of the project is to ensuring a safe and happy childhood for children during the COVID-19 pandemic period. The alarming rate of suicide among children contemplates the fact majority of the parents are not able scientifically identify the mental health issues of their children. Thus, the problems faced by children are often left unacknowledged and unattended. Lack of awareness on well-being, in some cases, results in handling of the issues in an unscientific manner ensuing grave consequences.
Objectives of the program: