More Canadians suffering from mental health entering the third year of the pandemic, research show


As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its third year, new studies show that Canadians are experiencing negative emotions of anxiety and depression, and more and more are suffering from mental health. It has become.

New researchAccording to a survey conducted by the Angus Reed Institute (ARI) on January 18-22, 2022, one in three (36%) of the 1,509 adults surveyed suffered from mental health conditions. I’m answering. A quarter that reported such a condition in November 2021.

Seven percent of Canadians say they feel terrible or “almost never go through” when it comes to mental health when dealing with a pandemic. This is more than double the number measured at any time since October 2020.

Residents of Ontario (41%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (39%) are most likely suffering from pandemic-related mental health deterioration in recent weeks, but at least in all regions of the country. Three tenths is neither good nor terrible.

Three in ten Canadians say they regularly talk to their friends (30%) or family (32%) about mental health. However, men over the age of 55 rarely have these conversations, with only 11% of this demographic group saying they talk to friends about mental health and 23% talking to their families. Women between the ages of 18 and 54 are more likely to share their condition with her friends and family, but less than half say they share it on a regular basis.

According to a survey, one in three Canadians (35%) reported depression and anxiety as a major problem among people in social circles, and another 48% said it was a problem. Given the findings of the statement, conversations with loved ones are “more important.” They are exposed to.

In particular, two-thirds (66%) of those who feel these negative emotions to their friends and family say their condition worsened during the pandemic.

When asked to explain their mood in the last few weeks, a significant proportion of respondents reported negative emotions.

Nearly half (48%) of Canadians say they feel “fatigue”, 40% say they feel “frustrated”, and 37% say they feel “anxiety”. Nearly a quarter (23%) of Canadians also say they are “depressed,” and 17% feel “pessimistic.”

Approximately one-tenth (12%) say they feel “happy” and 13% say they are “optimistic.”

As the pandemic progresses, alcohol addiction and substance abuse increase, with nearly half (47%) of Canadians saying that alcohol abuse is a social problem, and another 29% saying so about drug addiction. ..

These findings from the ARI study reflect a study conducted by the Toronto Addiction and Mental Health Center (CAMH) and report moderate to severe anxiety, loneliness, or depression in Canadian adults. It turns out that the number of is now just as large. Because it was an early pandemic.

The research is CAMH’s 9th survey In a series of studies on Canadian pandemic health and substance use. The latest survey surveyed 1,004 Canadians over the age of 18 on January 7-11, 2022.

CAMH found that a quarter (25.1%) of participants reported feeling moderate to severe anxiety. This is “significantly higher” than the 19% reported in the previous survey completed in July 2021.

Similar surges were seen in reports of loneliness (24.1% compared to 18.8% last summer) and depression (22.3% compared to 18.6% last summer).

“After all the ups and downs of the pandemic, in many respects, in terms of Canadians’ overall mental health, they have returned to what they were two years ago,” said Dr. Haley Hamilton, research co-leader and senior scientist. I am. At the Mental Health Policy Institute, Said in a press release Published January 25th.

According to the survey, front-line workers who are likely to be exposed to COVID-19 reported a significant increase in adverse mental health symptoms, with 37% from moderate to 23.5% compared to 23.5% last summer. Summer reported severe anxiety, with 35.7% reporting feelings of depression compared to last year’s 24.8%, the highest level recorded since the pandemic began.

“People are incredibly resilient, but the pandemic is most affected by frontline workers,” said CAMH’s Co-leader and Senior Director of Research at the Institute for Mental Health Policy. One Dr. Samantha Wells said in a press release.

“Many people, especially those in the healthcare sector, face significant stressors and unfortunately are at risk of developing burnout. Many will eventually recover, while others You may suffer. You need to make sure that you have support for the most affected people. “

Andrew Chen

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Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.