Mental Health Deterioration During The Pandemic

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Mental Health Deterioration During The Pandemic

The stress and anxiety caused by our current situation, whether it is worry for the health of your family or concern for lost jobs and economic downturn, has taken a toll on our collective mental health. In an online survey recently released by the Angus Reid Institute, half of Canadians polled reported that their mental health has gotten worst during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When asked to describe how they have been primarily feeling in recent weeks, Canadians are most likely to say they’re worried, (44%), anxious (41%) and bored (30%), although fully one-third (34%) also say they are “grateful”.

Some more key findings of the study show that:

  • 26% of the population report that both their household financial situation and their mental health have worsened through this pandemic period. This demographic has been categorized as the Hardest Hit of the population as they are struggling in all areas.
  • One-quarter (24%) of the Hardest Hit say that their relationships at home have suffered since the COVID-19 outbreak began, compared to just six per cent of those in the Managing Well group.
  • Three-quarters of Canadians believe that it is too soon to begin lifting restrictions on businesses and public gatherings in their province.
pie chart with percentage breakdown of COVID-19 impact - 34% managing well, 26% hardest hit, 24% mentally struggling, 16% financially struggling

The survey was conducted among a representative randomized sample of 1,912 Canadian adults carrying a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Are you struggling with mental health issues caused by COVID-19?

The Therapy Centre has skilled Psychologists, Social Workers and Psychotherapists who effectively treat a variety of issues that may arise from the COVID-19 situation including anxiety, stress, fears, health anxiety, issues related to isolation and loneliness, how to manage uncertainty and how to increase ones tolerance for the unknown.

At The Therapy Centre we are now offering Telehealth services including secure phone sessions and videoconferencing.

Our offices are located at 2525 Old Bronte Road in Oakville and 849 Upper Wentworth Street in Hamilton-just minutes from the QEW and easily accessible from Peel Region, Halton Region, Halton Hills, Stoney Creek and Niagara Region.

Sources:

http://angusreid.org/covid19-mental-health/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadians-angus-reid-pandemic-survey-1.5545594

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