Webinar: The impacts of digital technologies on mental health and addictions - Coping with disaster

This webinar is presented by Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use at PSSP.

Coping with disaster: Mental health, substance use and financial concerns associated with online gambling during COVID-19

This webinar is part two of three in a series of standalone yet interconnected webinars titled, ‘The Impacts of Digital Technologies on Mental Health and Addictions’.

This webinar will highlight new and ongoing research on online gambling behaviours and associations with mental health and substance use indicators, with added attention to the role of financial motivations and concerns. Shared findings will include results from a recent Canadian study of adults who gamble online, suggesting links between online gambling during the COVID-19 pandemic and elevated mental health problems, negative impacts on household income, and more. Evidence-informed considerations for mental health and substance use treatment service providers will be shared.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to engage in a Q & A discussion.

Date: Wednesday May 25, 2022

Time: 1 - 2p.m. EDT

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This webinar has been accredited by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit. 

Learning objectives

  1. Express knowledge in online gambling behaviours among adults, including changes in such behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Describe some of the complex intersections between online gambling and mental health, substance use and financial motivations.  


Alex Price, PhD, is a Senior Researcher with the Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices at Responsible Gambling Council (RGC). Dr. Price has spent over 15 years in public health research and practice, including 7 years in the field of gambling-related harm. Over the past two years, he has contributed to longitudinal research on Ontarian gamblers during COVID-19; examined the regulatory and operational implications of single-event sports betting across Canada, relating to player safeguards; investigated health inequities among Chinese, South Asian and Indigenous gamblers in Ontario; and is leading the province’s first longitudinal gambling prevalence study in nearly 10 years. Dr. Price is also active in the gambling research community, contributing to the Ontario Gambling Research Society as a co-founding member and has provided advisory support to Canada’s Lower Risk Gambling Guidelines development.  

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