Mind & Body

Sports & Mental Health

Health means both physical and mental health: they are two sides of the same coin, with one often affecting the other. Physical problems, including sport injury, often have psychological or emotional consequences while psychological problems, which can include depression, eating disorders and substance-use problems, typically have physical consequences. As with physical injuries, mental health problems may affect athletic performance and limit, or even preclude, training and competition until successfully managed and treated.

And it goes without saying that participation in sport and physical activity has a positive influence on mental wellbeing and mental illness and that a life in recovery, whether from mental illness or addiction, includes a regular a physical fitness regime.

Please join us in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio as we discuss mental health & addictions in sport.

Wednesday July 27th 12:45-2pm


25 York Street, 3rd Floor Toronto

Steve Mcallister, Managing Editor – Sports, Yahoo Canada

Madalyn Marcus, PhD, CPsych, Clinical Psychologist, Young Adult Eating Disorders Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre
Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychological Trauma Program, Work, Stress & Health Program, CAMH & Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UofT
Mark Allen, Ontario Director, Respect Group, Respect in Sport Program
Sarah Gallsworthy, P.A.R.T.Y. Program Coordinator, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Jacob Morris Athlete & Freelance Producer

Some areas of interest:

College athletes and mental health – Many disorders such as unipolar depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia usually manifest during the late teens to early twenties. Therefore, it is highly likely that a student-athlete on any campus will have their first episode during college.
Athletes and nutrition – Diets Gone Too Far
Talking to your coach/teammates – asking for help
Handling the “down” post competition
Starting a new exercise regime – getting started and maintenance
Narcotics such as Opiate Painkillers after a Sports Injury
The use of stimulants allows athletes to stay alert, maintain focus and aggressiveness, and reduce fatigue
Mental wellness, peak performance and overcoming sports fears, blocks & burn out