As Canadians continue to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, prolonged isolation and concerns about the pandemic have begun to affect mental health.
In fact, it is estimated that about 11 million Canadians will experience “high levels of stress,” according to Health Canada. About two million Canadians are projected to show signs of “traumatic stress”.
These estimates are based on the effects of the SARS outbreak in 2003.
“After the SARS outbreak, it was reported that more than 40% of the population reported increased levels of stress and 16% showed signs of traumatic stress,” said a Health Canada spokesperson.
Experts are concerned about the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of Canadians, which is expected to affect society long after the outbreak of COVID-19.
That’s why the federal government created Wellness Together Canada, an online portal designed to provide free resources and professional support services to Canadians to help them.