The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital, and Delvinia, a leading global research technology company, are have collaborated to do a study into the changing nature of Canadians’ mental health and substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following findings were based on two online surveys conducted three weeks apart. The first survey took place between May 8 and 12, 2020, with 1,005 respondents, while the second took place between May 29 and June 1, 2020, with 1,002 respondents. All survey participants were English-speaking Canadians ages 18 and older. Some key findings of the second study are:
- 13% of Canadians within the survey reported being laid off or not working due to COVID-19
- 18.5% of Canadians within the survey reported being very worried about their personal financial situation
- 21% of Canadians reported moderate to severe anxiety levels during the pandemic
- 21.2% of Canadians reported feeling depressed occasionally or most of the time in the previous week, and 23.7 per cent reported feeling lonely.
- 23.3% of Canadian women experienced moderate to severe anxiety
- People who were worried about their finances or were worried about themselves or a loved one getting COVID-19 were more likely than others to report moderate to severe anxiety levels, to feel lonely, and to feel depressed.
- People who lost their job due to the pandemic were more likely than others to report moderate to severe anxiety levels and feel depressed – these differences were found in both surveys.
- Men were still more likely to engage in binge drinking at 31.2 per cent compared to 18 per cent for women.
For more information, please visit https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19/covid-19-national-survey