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Canadian Sport and Events Calendar


How sport can reduce loneliness and improve mental health



Event Date(s) : March 15, 2023
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Organization : Sport for Life
Contact Person : Lucy Fox
Contact Email :
Contact Phone : (778) 433-2066

New research shows that children and adolescents are lonelier now than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, more than half of the children and adolescents studied were experiencing moderate levels of loneliness. This is significant because higher levels of loneliness were associated with poorer well-being, including depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.
In this webinar, experts and thought leaders will discuss how sport and physical activity can play a role in reducing loneliness and improving mental health among children and youth as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tune in for a moderated discussion with:
  • Moderator Veronica Allan, PhD, Long-Term Development Advisor with Sport for Life and the Manager of Research and Innovation at SIRC,
  • Tracy Vaillancourt, PhD, Professor and Canada Research Chair in School-based Mental Health and Violence Prevention at the University of Ottawa,
  • Brandon Frith, Toronto North Soccer Club U15-U17 coach and University of Ottawa MA Candidate, and
  • Bryan Heal, Social Impact Research Lead at MLSE LaunchPad.

Register here – Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PST / 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST