May 26, 2020
By Jane Brown
How has the pandemic been affecting your mental health?
New research from The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health suggests the COVID-19 crisis is affecting some more people than others.
Women, those with young children at home, and younger adults between 18 and 39 are all more likely to feel both depression and anxiety.
People who’s job exposes them to a high risk of COVID-19 are also more likely to have high levels of anxiety compared with those with lower risk jobs.
And people who’ve lost their job or are no longer working because of COVID-19 are more likely to have moderate to severe anxiety levels.
Overall, a quarter of respondents say they have moderate to severe anxiety levels, a quarter feel lonely occasionally or most of the time, and a fifth of respondents report feeling depressed occasionally or most of the time.
The survey also asked respondents about their alcohol consumption patterns. Nearly one quarter of respondents reported engaging in binge drinking at least once in the past week, while those who are very worried about the impact of COVID-19 on their personal finances were especially likely to engage in binge drinking.
“It’s important for Canadians to monitor their alcohol consumption at this time of increased stress and anxiety,” said Dr. Leslie Buckley, Chief of Addictions at CAMH. “These findings signal that we need to continue to provide Canadians with formal and informal supports to identify coping mechanisms.”