About Suraksha Campaign

Introduction 

Campaign Suraksha is a campaign to safeguard children from risk behaviours. Adolescence mark significant transitions in physiological, cognitive, emotional, moral, social, and other domains. Though most children sail through these transitions smoothly, some experience difficulty and undergo stress, which can lead to psychological problems. They face major physical, behavioural, and mental health issues and are often turn to addiction (tobacco, alcohol, internet) as an easy way out to escape from the problems. Therefore, safe school project adopts cluster approach (Physical, behavioural, and mental health and different schools/children at different levels of needs) to promote healthy behaviour among children.

Areas of concern

Recent studies conducted in the country among the adolescent for these risky behaviours have pointed out a high rate and growing trends as follows,

  • One in four Indian children in the 13-15 age group suffers from depression. 
  • As per World Health Organization report India has the highest suicide rate among 10 South-East Asian countries.  
  • Tobacco use is estimated at 5-25%. 
  • Alcohol consumption stands at 75%, before the legal age of 21. 
  • The nationwide drug survey points out an unabated growing trend. 
  • Internet addiction stands at 65%, and 50% of them cannot stay away for half an hour without them. 
  • National Family Health Survey revealed an increase in overall, high-risk sexual behaviour among adolescent boys (64 to 70%) and young men (18 to 27%) from 2005–06 to 2015–16. 

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