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5 February 2019

A loved one is having suicidal thoughts – What do you say and do?

During this 29th National Suicide Prevention Week, under the theme Talking About Suicide Saves Lives, the social networks and media will flood us with important statistics related to this sad reality. According to the most recent studies by the National Institute of Public Health, the suicide rate for men is 3 times higher than that of women. The rate is highest among 50-64-year-olds, with both sexes being affected equally. A troubling fact, from 2013 to 2015, of the deaths reported among men between age 15 and 34, one-third were by suicide. Even though we are aware of these facts, some of the people we know still say things like: “Yes, but what can I say or do if someone tells…
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30 January 2019

A mental health awareness day!

The "Bell Let’s Talk" day is a powerful lever to break the isolation and overcome certain taboos surrounding mental health and mental illness. Indeed, "87% of Canadians reported that they are more aware of mental health issues since Bell Let’s Talk began." (Bell Let’s Talk, 2019). It has made a significant contribution to promoting mental health in the country. On the occasion of this day, we are taking a brief moment to discuss the major contribution that practicing sports has on mental health. "Numerous studies suggest that the increased benefits for mental health and the reduction in the risk of mental illness are observed as the dose of physical activity increases." (Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec, INSPQ, 2019).…
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For everyoneTake action! Stand up against bullying in sports 
21 January 2019

Cyberbullying – What is it? (2nd part)

Causes and solutions Now that you know what distinguishes cyberbullying and its consequences, now let’s try to understand why people indulge in this practice and what to do about it. Even though the causes associated with traditional bullying can also be found in cyberbullying, research still shows distinct elements as to the factors that could explain why this problem continues to grow and why a person indulges in this practice. This research evokes the feeling of impunity associated with anonymity, since, unfortunately, there is little chance that the people behind these aggressions are ever penalized. There is also the question of spontaneity which incites aggressors to act on the basis of emotion, for lack of having taken the time to…
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For everyoneTake action! Stand up against bullying in sports 
18 January 2019

Cyberbullying – What is it? (1st part)

The loss by the Canadian team in the quarter finals of the most recent junior world hockey championship has once again demonstrated that social media can unfortunately be misused, reminding us that the problem of cyberbullying has grown exponentially in the last decade (Smith & Berkkun, 2017). After missing a penalty shot in overtime against Finland, Maxime Comtois was exposed to a full-blown cyberbullying session. A sad episode similar to what Quebec speedskater Kim Boutin experienced during the last Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. That said, what characterizes cyberbullying or cyberhate versus so-called traditional bullying? Are the causes the same? What are the consequences? And most of all, how do you prevent and address this issue? Etc. All these questions have…
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13 December 2018

Gift ideas – Just in time for Christmas

As the Holiday Season approaches, the Sport'Aide team has prepared a list of books to feed the dreams of your inner athlete... Le manuel de l'entraîneur sportif Linda Morency & al. Whether you are starting out as a coach or not, or you revolve around the sports field, in Le manuel de l’entraîneur sportif you will find answers to a large number of questions on the development of the coach and the athlete, such as: “How do I improve my efficiency as a coach? What foods are recommended before a competition? How to manage relationships with the parents of athletes? What specific challenges does a coach face?” NB: In French only Agressé sexuellement : de victime à résilient Alain Fortier…
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15 November 2018

Looking for help?

When you contact the Sport’Aide team, someone will be there to listen to you, support you and advise you according to your situation. That said, there are also complementary services to help you according to different situations. Do not hesitate to use them!   I am a victim of sexual violence … I have witnessed sexual violence… Sexual violence can take many forms and may or may not include physical contact. Sexual harassment is the subtlest type and can come in the form of words, acts or behaviours of a sexual nature. If you believe you are a victim or if you witness sexual violence, contact the CALACS in your region or the Ligne d’écoute, d’information et de référence pour les…
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18 October 2018

Alain Fortier – From victim to resilient!

Today, Sport’Aide introduces Alain Fortier, who recently shared his story with us as a victim of sexual assault. Frank and direct, this father of two children who has had a career in financing for some twenty years, exposed us to the vision and path of a victim who has been able to give a whole other meaning to his assaults over the years. Resilience fulfilling a mission “Peppered with highs and lows, this was not an easy process by any means. At the same time, it allowed me to learn a great deal about myself and come out stronger,” states the founder of VASAM (victimes d’agressions sexuelles au masculin – TRADUCTION: male victims of sexual assault). Far from positioning himself as…
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5 October 2018

“Sport’Aide: an inspiring model” – Tine Vertommen, Ph.D.

As you may have recently read on our blog, it is with great joy that we received Tine Vertommen on September 18. If you don’t know Ms. Vertommen, not only is she a great researcher in the field of violence in sport, but she is also very inspiring. During the afternoon that we spent with her, we took the opportunity to discuss what is done in our respective countries to protect our young athletes. Her first observation was on the Canadian and Quebec political will to address the problem of violence in a sport environment. “I love your Minister for Sport,” she launches, showing a photo of Minister on the screen. “It is with people like her that we succeed…
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24 September 2018

An international authority visits Sport’Aide: Tine Vertommen, Ph.D.

As part of her visit to Quebec City on September 18 for her presentation at Laval University: “Interpersonal violence against children in sport: what do we know?”, Tine Vertommen absolutely wanted to visit us to learn more about Sport’Aide. “No other organization like Sport’Aide exists anywhere else in the world. It is therefore very interesting to be able to talk with you to see the benefits of such a body,” Vertommen explains. But to be fair, we were quite excited to receive this great academic who has inspired the work of Sport’Aide from its very beginnings. Sylvie Parent of the Department of Physical Education at Université Laval does not hesitate to qualify Vertommen as an “international authority in her field…
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5 September 2018

The humiliating season of initiations – A text by Jean-Luc Brassard

A close collaborator of Sport’Aide and Ambassador for Good Sportsmanship, Jean-Luc Brassard wanted to take advantage of the beginning of the school and sports year to express his opinion as to the phenomenon of initiations which comes back at the beginning of each season. Enjoy! It comes back in force each year, and like the song says, it no longer makes anyone laugh. In the era of #MeToo, initiations, whether academic, sports-related or other, are no longer acceptable in our society where everyone is entitled to the most basic respect. Who can explain to me how a university that boasts it is forming tomorrow’s elites, accepts that a student’s first steps between its walls are accompanied by a public humiliation,…
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