The innovation is a scale-up of a multi-stakeholder WHO model developed for primary schools that has successfully been piloted in 24 secondary schools in Australia. Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) has piloted the model in one rural school in Kenya. The model takes into account all environmental problems (social and cultural) affecting the child, from school to the community, and identifies and works with all relevant stakeholders.
- Establishment of peer clubs, life skills training and screening and case management by lay health workers
- Training of primary school teachers to run peer clubs (for sustainability)
- Increase in parent-teacher contact to discuss academic performance
- Sensitization of parents to increase involvement and interest in children’s school work through community psychoeducation and awareness
- Adaptation and adoption of mhGAP guidelines for training primary health care workers to provide mental health services