Mental Health and the Pandemic

This month's Ipsos Context Trends Report for Canada explores mental health.

The author(s)

  • Jennifer McLeod Macey Vice President, Canada, Public Affairs
  • Erin Roulston Vice President, Canada
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Mental health was becoming an increasing challenge before the pandemic hit. And, the pandemic has clearly exacerbated the situation. The proportion of Canadians at “high risk” is up 8% since 2018 and now stands at 50%.

Importantly all demographics and regions have experienced increased mental health issues as a result of the pandemic. But, those most challenged currently are women, lower income, younger Canadians and residents in Alberta, Atlantic and Ontario.

Canadians have increasingly been looking to medications to help them deal with their mental health issues. This now lands at 30%, up 9 percentage points from 2018.

Encouragingly, Canadians continue to be increasingly open to talking about mental health. This had increased by a full 10 percentage points between 2015 and 2018 and is now at over half of Canadians.

Interestingly, while friends/family and healthcare professionals are increasingly consulted on mental health, the internet has also become an increasingly important outlet for expression.

The bottom-line is that mental health remains a widespread challenge in Canada. And it will continue to be so as the pandemic unfolds and even when life becomes more “normal” again. Access our detailed report now. Be sure to also listen in to our recent podcast interview or read highlights featured by Global News.

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The author(s)

  • Jennifer McLeod Macey Vice President, Canada, Public Affairs
  • Erin Roulston Vice President, Canada

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