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Addressing the needs of teachers dealing with mental health

The generosity of former elementary school teacher, Walter M. Lobb, BA'78, BEd'79, MEd'93, has enabled Western's Faculty of Education to launch a mental health program and scholarship fund to address the needs of teachers who deal with students' mental health issues every day.

An elementary school teacher for nearly 40 years in the Chatham area, Mr. Lobb left a bequest of $430,000 to Western. The funding will enable educators, front-line workers and experts in mental health to conduct workshops and seminars at the Faculty of Education.

"Teachers are on the front lines," says professor Alan Leschied, one of the Western faculty members coordinating the Lobb program. "They are very often the most trusted, if not the only, person in whom a child in need might confide. There is an enormous gap in resources and expertise. Our teachers need help to deal with this growing and troubling issue."

Additionally, the Walter M. Lobb Ontario Graduate Scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student conducting research in the Faculty of Education, focused on children's mental health.