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With Canada now fully in the midst of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting and maintaining our mental health has become even more critical – particularly as we head into the darker winter months.
Since the pandemic started, several surveys have found that an extraordinary number of Canadians are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress. One set of data from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Conference Board of Canada found that 84 per cent of respondents felt their mental health had worsened since the onset of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and related stressors. Recent coverage from The Globe and Mail also notes that many Canadians are struggling with the financial costs of the impact of the pandemic, particularly in paying for services related to maintaining their mental health.
In September, The Globe and Mail’s award-winning Health Reporter and Columnist, André Picard, sat down with a group of experts and business leaders to discuss how individuals and companies can navigate the dual issues of physical and mental safety, as remote work and social distancing continue into the foreseeable future. The full discussion, featuring University of Calgary psychology professor Keith Dobson; Ed Mantler, Vice-President of Programs and Priorities for the Mental Health Commission of Canada; Tanya Sinclair, Chief People Officer at Artscape; and Tara Adams, Corporate Wellness Manager for ATB Financial, is now available for viewing below.
Be sure to also check out some of the research and resources mentioned by the panelists during the discussion:
- Mental Health Commission of Canada: Report from April 2020, “Canadians report an increase in feeling stressed regularly or all the time now compared to one month before COVID-19."
- Mental Health Commission of Canada: Mental Health First Aid Program
- Conference Board of Canada: Report from July 2020, “Pandemic Pulse Check: COVID-19′s Impact on Canadians' Mental Health."
- Canadian Mental Health Association: Report from May 2020, “New data shows majority of Ontarians believe mental health crisis will follow COVID-19 impact.”