The project implements WHO's School Mental Health Program which provides evidence-based mental health interventions. Partnering with a health-promoting secondary school, TEWWY's intervention will teach students mental health literacy and train teachers in child development, how to identify and address student mental health problems in classrooms, and how to promote mental health in schools. A student-led mental health club will lead in promoting mental health and raising awareness in the school.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents (aged 10-14) and young adults (aged 25-34); and the third leading cause of death among youth (aged 15-24). Over 77% of global suicides in 2019 occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Mental health conditions are highly prevalent, accounting for a large burden of disease and disability. The mental health treatment gap also affects the country's economic development through lost productivity and low participation in labor.
Investing in mental health improves academic achievement rates and decreases grade retention and drop-outs. WHO concluded that strengthening student protective factors and resilience within schools reduces negative risks and outcomes for vulnerable children. Investing in the mental health of children and adolescents also has a long-term impact on the ability to have a productive and skilled workforce in the development of a low- and middle-income country like Tanzania. Will impact 1,000 students
- enhance educators' understanding of child development and the importance of mental health - build relationships, ensure safety, encourage participation, foster independence, and build self-esteem among students - provide age-appropriate behavioral management strategies including disciplining and management of disruptive behaviors and interventions for some psychiatric disorders - identify early warning signs of mental illness in school children and distinguish them from emotional distress
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