The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of the people of Canada. Most have found it challenging to cope with social distancing, isolation, anxiety about infection, financial security and the future and balancing demands of work and home life. For some, especially those who have had to face pre-existing challenges such as structural racism, poverty and discrimination and those with prior mental health problems, the pandemic has been a major impact.

Mental-health advocates have long pushed for more coverage for talk therapy, so that Canadians without insurance through their employer do not have to pay out of pocket for an evidence-based treatment that other countries, such as Britain, have made standard first-step care for the most common mental illnesses – depression and anxiety. — “Report urges keeping schools open and prioritizing mental-health if COVID-19 leads to lockdown,” The Globe and Mail (October 9, 2020)

An October 9, 2020 Royal Society of Canada policy briefing report focuses on the current situation, how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated significant long standing weaknesses in the mental health system, and makes specific recommendations to meet these challenges to improve the well-being of the people of Canada.
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