Child Mental Health Care
Delivered by Primary School Teachers

TeaLeaf is improving access to children's mental health care by meeting children where they are, everyday. 

We are task shifting Child Mental Health care to Primary School teachers, bringing mental health care to the classroom.

TeaLeaf: Teachers Leading the Frontline

TeaLeaf is an award winning mental and behavioral health intervention improving children's mental health care by meeting them where they are, every day by task shifting child mental health care to Primary School teachers and bringing mental health care into the classroom. 

The Problem

Globally, 10-20% of children suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition. Yet, the mast majority (80%) of those children with a mental health condition remain undiagnosed and untreated. The fundamental underlying cause of this treatment gap is due to a lack of trained professional human resources, especially in rural areas. Undiagnosed and untreated mental health conditions lead to a poor quality of life, impairment, or disability - these children are unable to reach their full potential.

The Solution | TeaLeaf

TeaLeaf is designed to meet children where they already are. Broadleaf works to leverage existing, invested human resources by training primary school teachers in how to deliver evidence-based mental healthcare. Intervening early prevents future suffering and sets students up for academic success.

Teachers gain the skills they need to support the child and help both the teacher and the child to manage difficult behaviors. Broadleaf trains and supports teachers to identify children with challenging behavior, Understand the underlying reasons for this behavior and Develop a Tailored Plan to work with these children to improve their health and education outcomes. These new skills also help with overall classroom and behavior management.

TeaLeaf by the numbers

This Intervention forms part of a clinical research trial that will measure the extent of benefits to teachers, schools, students and their families. Broadleaf has combined robust quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis to ensure that our mental health intervention is effective, high value for money, and valued by all stakeholders.

Working with doctors at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, and other regional and international experts, this new intervention forms part of ongoing research to develop programs that improve education outcomes and maximize health and well-being.

Broadleaf has partnered with 50 schools to train 140 teachers to deliver evidence based care in rural primary schools

280 students receive targeted support with problematic behavioral and mental health issues.

1,500 students and 5,000 community members will benefit from trained personnel and increased awareness of mental health issues.

Stories from the field

  • 26/11/2018 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Small Steps For Cleaner Communities

    Students in Padeng Primary School set up a local system for waste management - making a small step to improve the cleanliness of their school.

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  • 23/02/2018 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    Broadleaf's First Women's Community Health Festival

    With support from Adventures for the Mind, Broadleaf hosted it's first Women's Community Health Festival

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  • 27/12/2017 0 Comments
    Anjila's Story - Improving Access to Healthcare

    In Padang, the nearest health clinic (for those that can afford it) is more than 2 hours each way by foot in Kolbong. Broadleaf improves access to healthcare by utilizing our school health activists in the communities that we work. 

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  • 04/12/2017 - Broadleaf 0 Comments
    ​​Ayush's story - the effectiveness of deworming.

    Four year-old Ayush is a student at a Broadleaf school who was able to stay healthy and stay in the classroom this year thanks to a simple but powerful intervention: de-worming tablets.

    Nearly half of kids in Darjeeling have suffered from intestinal parasites, contributing to rates of malnutrition that hover around 25%. Years ago a bad dose of medication made Ayush sick. Since then, his mother Saira had been understandably scared to give her son the drugs he needed. But after building a trusting relationship with Broadleaf School Health Activist and community member Satyam, Saira was willing to try again. 

    Now Ayush is thriving with the help of regular de-worming and iron supplements.It takes less than ten dollars to de-worm a class of students in Darjeeling – and studies have shown that when children receive deworming tablets, school attendance improves by as much as 20 percent. That’s why New York Times columnist Nick Kristof praised the power of de-worming as a life-saving Christmas gift:

    Deworm a child. Or a village of children! One-quarter of people worldwide have worms in their bellies, impairing their nutrition and often leaving them anemic. Children can be dewormed for about 50 cents each, and this leads them to miss less school and earn more as adults. Kids in the American South were dewormed 100 years ago by the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission, leading to large gains in school enrollment and in literacy, and now we can easily and cheaply achieve the same gains worldwide.

    Fighting malnutrition is just one way your support for Broadleaf unlocks human potential. By helping kids to practice hygiene, teaching classes on topics like nutrition and mental health, and making direct referrals to medical care, together we can keep students in the classroom and empower them to build brighter futures for their families.

    In Broadleaf's holiday gift guide, you can contribute enough deworming medication to deworm all the students in our schools for an entire year. 

    You can read the full NY Times piece here: 

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  • 28/11/2017 - Broadleaf Health and Education 0 Comments
    Namrata's Story: Malnutrition in the Darjeeling Region

    Last year, Namrata’s mother Sweta was alarmed to hear from her daughter’s teachers at Laxmi Memorial School. Namrata had stopped participating in class or playing games during recess. Her energy was low and her mood subdued. Sweta was worried and uncertain where to turn for help. 

    Fortunately, Broadleaf School Health Activist Dhiraj had begun to monitor the growth of students in Namrata’s school. Dhiraj confirmed that Namrata’s height and weight had dropped well below the average for girls her age, and connected Namrata with health services including nutrition education and iron supplements.  

    Today, Namrata is able to run and play with her friends – and spend her school days focused on learning. Broadleaf’s unique school health model empowers community members to become school-based health educators who work tirelessly to improve the health of children like Namrata. By helping kids to practice hygiene, teaching classes on topics like nutrition and mental health, and making direct referrals to medical care, Broadleaf Health Activists enable children in under-resourced communities to stay in school and thrive.  

    Due to malnutrition, 25 percent of school children in the Darjeeling region are underweight for their age. We believe a preventable health condition like this should never be an obstacle to education. When you donate to Broadleaf, we will use your gift to help children like Namrata stay healthy and stay in school.

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  • 12/10/2016 - Michael Matergia 0 Comments
    Tackling Childhood Epilepsy in the Darjeeling Hills

    Epilepsy is the most common neurological disease affecting school aged children in India. Yet, while highly treatable, due to lack of awareness, stigma, and access to healthcare, "epilepsy is more of a life sentence than a medical diagnosis" for children in rural India.

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