What is social isolation? How do loneliness, social exclusion, and disconnection from community affect people at different stages in their lives? What forces are pushing people into more insular lives? And what is being done to connect people back to one another, to healthy food and safe spaces?

More than ever before, Canadians are living alone, and nearly one quarter describe themselves as lonely. Socially isolated adults face worse health as they age, and are less likely to participate in society. For populations facing marginalization and stigma, the sense of isolation and inability to access resources can be even greater.

In this one hour webinar, André Picard, The Globe and Mail’s esteemed public health reporter and Wellesley Institute researcher Laura Anderson, will join us to tackle this vital issue. Together, we’ll discuss how to fight social isolation and restore a sense of connectedness to communities — from grassroots interventions, such as those community food security organizations are building on the ground, to broader policy solutions.