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Research Brief: COVID-19 and the repercussions for mental health in Toronto

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Research Brief: COVID-19 and the repercussions for mental health in Toronto

 

Concerns about mental health appear to be growing as the pandemic unfolds. Multiple sources indicate that the situation is producing a mental health crisis in Canada and abroad:

  • Mental health related searches on the 211 Central Region website increased by 151% from the first to the third weeks of April.
  • Morneau Shepell’s mental health index saw the biggest drop in April that they have ever recorded. They also found that 16% of Canadians experienced a very negative mental health impact owing to the crisis while 80% reported at least some sort of negative mental health impact.
  • A mid-April poll of Ontario residents by Forum Research and Mainstreet Research found that 22.4% of residents in the City of Toronto reported extremely or very high stress in mid-April.

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