Webinar: Covid-19 and rethinking loneliness
Webinar: Covid-19 and rethinking loneliness

Register now for the Institute of Public Health’s webinar focused on the impact of Covid-19 on loneliness in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The webinar will take place on Thursday, February 25th between 11am – 12.15pm and you can register here

Loneliness is emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence shows loneliness is a significant issue for population health, as people who experience loneliness have a poorer overall quality of life and physical and mental health.

You will hear from leading experts and community organisations on emerging evidence, policy and challenges for public health.



Opening Address

  • Minister Mary Butler TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People
  • Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland


Context Presentation

  • Professor Roger O’Sullivan, Institute of Public Health: Loneliness and population health – what we know


Panel Discussion

  • Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children & Young People
  • Martin Rogan, CEO at Mental Health Ireland
  • Professor Brian Lawlor, Consultant Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, & Deputy Director at the Global Brain Health Institute
  • Denise Hayward, CEO at Volunteer Now Northern Ireland


The webinar will be relevant to stakeholders with responsibility for public health in Ireland and Northern Ireland; health professionals; policymakers; national and local government; Healthy Ireland and Making Life Better networks; the community and voluntary sector; the research and academic community; and people with an interest in tackling loneliness.




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