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Ottawa, Jun 25 (Canadian-Media): It was revealed by Statistics Canada's study devoted to exploring the relationships between mental health and concerns of pandemic released on June 24 that just over half of Canadians aged 15 and older (54%) reported excellent or very good mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Headquartered in Ottawa, Statistics Canada formed in 1971, is the Canadian government agency and ensures Canadians have the key information on Canada's economy, society, population, culture. and environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and help them in informed decision making.
Based on data from the Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 1 – Impacts of COVID-19 -- designed to collect information on impacts of COVID-19 on the labour market and on the behaviors and health of the Canadian population 15 years of age or older living in the 10 provinces, this study aims to provide Canadians' mental health based on socioeconomic and health characteristics, and specific concerns that may be related to mental health.
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Of the 7,242 individuals who were invited to complete the survey, 4,627 people responded, yielding a 63.9% response rate, which represented 31 million Canadians.
Several factors of the COVID-19 pandemic which contributed to greater anxiety, loneliness and stress for many Canadians include physical distancing challenge, the reduced ability to work or contribute to society, taking care of the family in lockdown, etc.
Canadians, already at risk for worse mental health, are more prone to mental health problems.
Results of the study revealed that women, youth, individuals with a physical health condition, and those who were very or extremely concerned about family stress from confinement were more likely to report mental health concerns.
The factor which contributed most to poor mental health is the ability to meet financial obligations.
The reports' results showed that of the Canadians who felt that COVID-19 either had minor or no impact on their ability to meet financial obligations, 76 percent reported excellent or very good mental health.
In comparison, the Canadians who reported a moderate or major impact on their ability to meet financial obligations, 25% reported excellent or very good mental health.
Individuals with a compromised immune system and those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, a chronic condition affecting their lungs, heart, or kidneys were also less likely to report better mental health.
The study's findings also suggest approximately four in five individuals were extremely or very concerned about overloading the health system and about vulnerable people's health.
Individuals with better mental health had different concerns about the impact of COVID-19 than individuals with worse mental health.
For example, individuals who reported better mental health were less likely to be extremely concerned about a member of their household's health, civil disorder, or family stress from confinement than those with worse mental health.