The mental Health impact of COVID-19
Slightly more than half of Canadians have reported negative impacts to their mental health since the outbreak of this global pandemic.
A recent survey found that although only 5% of those surveyed reported high-to-extreme levels of anxiety prior to the pandemic, that number increased to 20% after the outbreak.
Leading causes for COVID-related mental health issues include:
- Social isolation
- Concern for loved ones
- Fear of contracting COVID-19
- Financial concerns
Employers have a responsibility to care for the health and well-being of their employees. The first step in providing mental health support is acknowledging and understanding that mental health is a serious medical concern and creating a stigma-free environment for employees. Organizations should prioritize benefits plans for all employees that strongly support mental health by including timely access to psychological counseling and mindfulness, nutrition, employee and family assistance programs. Convenient, timely access to quality care is key, providing opportunities for employees to get mental health support, when and where they need it. Offering virtual mental healthcare solutions will be essential in our new world.