Inequalities in the mental health of adults before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: data tool
This interactive data tool shows inequalities in 4 mental health indicators:
- recent suicide ideation
- high self-rated mental health
- high community belonging, and
- average life satisfaction
It shows how these indicators differed by sociodemographic characteristics among adults in Canada before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tool uses data from:
- 2019 Canadian Community Health Survey and
- 2020 and 2021 Surveys on COVID-19 and Mental Health
You can look at specific inequalities by selecting a mental health indicator and a sociodemographic characteristic from the drop-down menus.
: Inequalities in by
Before the pandemic in 2019, 2.79% (95% CI: 2.46, 3.14) of females and 2.66% (95% CI: 2.31, 3.04) of males reported seriously contemplating suicide in the past 12 months.
During the pandemic in late 2020/early 2021, 3.34% (95% CI: 2.79, 3.98) of females and 3.07% (95% CI: 2.43, 3.83) of males reported seriously contemplating suicide since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Table: Inequalities in
- E Results should be interpreted with caution due to high sampling variability (coefficients of variation between 15 and 35).
- CCHS = Canadian Community Health Survey
- CI = confidence interval
- SCMH = Survey on COVID-19 and Mental Health
Additional data resources
Download the data (.xlsx)
Download the data dictionary (.xlsx)
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