Let’s get through this together

The current COVID-19 situation can have an impact on your mental health. Practicing physical distancing makes it even more important that we make an extra effort to remain emotionally connected. Finding ways to stay connected with friends, family and loved ones will support good mental health and well-being.

Consider finding new ways to practice self-care and stay connected, such as reading with a virtual book club, having a video call over dinner, texting with friends or streaming a group fitness class. These are just some of the things that could support good mental well-being. Please refer to some of the tips and online resources below from our partners to support and help manage your mental health through this difficult time. To stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation, please consult the Government of Canada website.

Maintaining good mental and physical health will help ensure Canadians get through this together. Please refer to our Get Help page for other mental health resources.

If you are in crisis, please go to your local hospital, call 911 immediately or locate a Crisis Centre in your region.

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The number of Canadians accessing mental health services is increasing, with 11% of Canadians accessing services in the year before COVID-19, compared to 18% who accessed in the year since the pandemic started. Of those who have not, one-in-ten both time frames felt they needed this support.

Visible minority groups were more likely to report poor mental health than white individuals (27.8% vs. 22.9%) and symptoms consistent with "moderate" or "severe" generalized anxiety disorder (30.0% vs. 24.2%).

Over two-thirds of Canadians (69%) indicate a high level of resiliency, suggesting a robust mental health recovery post-pandemic for the majority of Canadians.

54% of Indigenous peoples and 54% of LGBTQ2+ have reported a decline in their mental health due to COVID-19.

30% of Canadians indicate their mental health is having an impact on their ability to function, with the greatest impact on social and family life.

40% of Canadians say their mental health has declined due to COVID-19.

Two-thirds of Canadians say the pandemic has positively impacted their awareness of and attitudes towards mental health; two-thirds (65%) are also feeling more isolated.

Nielsen Consumer Insights Survey, 2021

Being outside is the best activity to support positive mental health, with 47% of Canadians indicating a positive impact on their mental health.

Younger Canadians, ages 18 to 34, are the group who tend to be the most vulnerable to a decline in mental health.

65% say the pandemic has made them more understanding toward those suffering with mental health issues and 68% say it has made them more conscious of their own mental health.

Nielsen Consumer Insights Survey, 2021

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