WORRY, GRATITUDE & BOREDOM: COVID-19 EVOKES FEELINGS AROUND MENTAL & FINANCIAL HEALTH ACCORDING TO SURVEY

Apr 27, 2020

By Jane Brown

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To what extent have job losses, illness, uncertainty and self-isolation related to COVID-19 affected the emotional and psychological well-being of us Canadians?

A new study from the Angus Reid Institute suggests half of Canadians report a worsening of their mental health, with one in ten saying it has worsened “a lot”.

Asked to describe how they’ve been primarily feeling in recent weeks, 44 percent say they are worried, 41 percent say they’re anxious, 30 percent say they’re bored and 34 percent say they are grateful.

The combination of deteriorating mental health and ongoing financial troubles at the household level creates a portrait of how the nation is faring through the crisis.

While 34 percent say they are managing well, 24 percent say they are mentally struggling and 16 percent say they’re financially struggling.

And regardless of where they fall on the COVID-19 Impact Index, three-quarters of Canadians say it’s too soon to begin lifting restrictions on businesses and public gatherings.

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