This pandemic has lasted over a year and has taken a huge hit on Canadians and their mental health. Before the pandemic hit Canada was already in the midst of a mental health crisis and the pandemic has only caused it to grow. Stress levels have doubled due to the uncertainty of their health and loved ones health. Canadians have had to face concerns around employment, financial strain and social isolation due to the public health measures such as quarantine and social distancing.
A recent poll found that 7 out of 10 people living in Ontario believe that there will be a serious mental health crisis as a result of the pandemic. Another poll found that 50% of Canadians reported worsening mental health, many having an increase in feelings of worry (44%) and Anxious (41%) and 81% reported that the pandemic is having a negative impact on their overall mental health!
Substance abuse and suicide rates have increased as well and not just in adults, it is affecting children too. A recent poll found that 25% of Canadians age 35-54 and 21% age 18-34 have increased their alcohol and drug use since social distancing and self isolation started. Several other studies have shown that children who quarantine with their parents had PTSD scores 4 times higher than children not quarantined.
Recent projections are that COVID related unemployment and isolation could result in 418-2114 excess deaths due to suicide in Canada during 2020-2021.
We need to step up and help everyone who is struggling with mental health.
The government has allowed support groups of up to 10 people during the pandemic lockdowns. It is so important that we get through this pandemic together and have ways of coping with mental health issues that arise.
We want to help educate people about mental health and help support the people in need. You are not alone! Reach out and find a support group that is right for you, please do not fight this alone.