Addressing Mental Health In The Classroom

We are very happy to see that Springboards Innovation Mobilization (IM) Proof of Concept funding has provided the initial push to get Teacher Help into the classroom, promising to provide help to Canadians on a daily basis. Developed from over 10 years of research led by Dr. Penny Corkum (professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and in Psychiatry), her team worked with one Nova Scotia school board on a solution to provide the information the classroom teachers need, in the moment they need it and not at the next professional development day, when the situation has long passed. With the support from Dalhousie’s Industry Liaison office and Springboard’s IM funding, Dr. Corkum was able to explore this novel and innovative approach, which in March 2016 has led to a successful application to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) eHealth Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP) for $300,000 which was industry matched by Velsoft Training Materials, a private e-Learning company based in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia for a total project value of $600,000. This Nova Scotia-based eHealth professional development program was ranked first in Canada and was the only successful application from Nova Scotia in the CIHR eHIPP competition. This fall, a Canada-wide randomized controlled trial (RCT) is set to launch, which will test the effectiveness of the Teacher Help program in Canadian school systems. It is hoped that the final tested program will on the market by the 2019/2020 school year with the help of Velsoft Training Materials Inc. To read the full article in the Dal News, click here.