Mental Illness during the Pandemic: Survey on COVID-19 and Mental Health Published: ()

Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected individuals, families, and communities in many ways.

The Survey on COVID-19 and Mental Health (SCMH) was designed to collect data to assess the mental health and well-being of Canadians during the pandemic.

The first cycle of data collection for the SCMH took place from September to December 2020. In June 2021, the Public Health Agency of Canada released two infographics highlighting data collected from cycle 1. These infographics focused on symptoms of anxiety and depression, and those of PTSD, during the pandemic.

As a supplementary product, this data blog provides more detailed tables on the data that were presented in the following infographics (visit the "Data tables" tab).

Symptoms of anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic


infographic mental illness and anxiety depression



19% of Canadians screened positive for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and/or major depressive disorder (MDD).

This infographic looks at:

  • The proportion of Canadians who screened positive, by age group and gender
  • Use of alcohol and cannabis
  • Groups with a higher proportion of screening positive for GAD and/or MDD

Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic

infographic mental illness and PTSD




6% of Canadians screened positive for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This infographic looks at:

  • The proportion of Canadians who screened positive, by age group and gender
  • Impacts of COVID-19
  • Mental health-related issues

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