Short Research Article: RESEED - the perceived impact of an enhanced usual care model of a novel, teacher-led, task-shifting initiative for child mental health

Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2023 Aug 10. doi: 10.1111/camh.12673. Online ahead of print.


Background: Task-shifted, teacher-led care may begin to bridge the child mental health care gap in low- and middle-income countries by improving mental health literacy. We explore the perceived impact of RESEED (Responding to Students' Emotions through Education), an abbreviated version of Tealeaf (Teachers Leading the Frontlines).

Methods: After classroom implementation of tools from a 3-day training on child mental health and cognitive behavioral techniques in Darjeeling, India, 29 teachers participated in focus group discussions (FGDs).

Results: Inductive content analyses of FGDs demonstrated RESEED's acceptability, positive overall impact, and barriers.

Conclusions: Stepped levels of teacher-led care may support child mental health in resource-limited settings through mental reframing.

Keywords: Mental health; school; teachers.