Experts are sounding the alarm on an impending fourth wave of the pandemic — a wave characterized by psychic trauma, burnout, mental illness and economic injury that is projected to be the largest, most enduring health footprint of COVID-19.

“I think we’re seeing the beginning of an echo pandemic, and I think it’s going to worsen,” said Dr. David Dozois, a professor of psychology at Western University and a member of Mental Health Research Canada’s board of directors.

When [Ontario] Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide state of emergency on March 17, 2020, very few people could envision the drastic changes to daily life that lay ahead. One year later, a growing body of research on the mental health of Canadians during the pandemic paints an alarming picture of higher rates of reported depression and anxiety, substance abuse and eating disorders, and a cohort of young Canadians deeply struggling with the uncertainty of their future.  Read the rest of this article at The Toronto Star…

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