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How do Canadians feel about their mental health this year?

Mental health remains an important topic for all employers to consider for their employees. 

In taking the pulse of how Canadians feel about their mental health during the pandemic, Leger’s North American Tracker report reveals that only 11% of respondents said their mental health was excellent and 23% said it was very good. 

Another 43% stated it was just good, 17% noted it was bad, and 4% described it as very bad. Those last three are considered the bottom dwellers of the pyramid, although the “good” rating is placed there as part of a standardized scale in academic research.

By province, 58% of respondents fall in the bottom three for Quebec and the red zone, even as 41% stated their mental health was excellent and 16% said it was very good. In Ontario, 63% of respondents fall in the bottom three; 64% for Manitoba and Saskatchewan; 65% for Alberta; and 78% are in the total bottom three for British Columbia—with a larger percentage (52%) saying their mental health is good. 

As for respondent optimism about the next year for Canada, 62% are optimistic, 24% are not, and 14% do not know how they feel yet. The highest percentage of optimism came from Quebec (75%), while Ontario sat at 58% “yes” and Alberta at 51%—both considered in the red zone.

Many people are also still afraid of contracting the COVID-19 virus and its variants, with 45% having some level of fear (very to somewhat afraid), and 51% not afraid (not very to not at all). However, 61% of respondents feel the worst of the crisis is behind them, versus 13% who feel the worst period is now and 10% who feel that period is yet to come. Seventeen percent did not answer. 

The full report can be downloaded here.

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