COVID-19: More Canadians opening up about pandemic mental health

The pandemic has been mentally and emotionally exhausting for everyone. It has put half of Canada’s population at a high risk of struggling with mental illness, according to new Ipsos polling.

The poll also found an increasing number of people — 53 per cent — are willing to discuss their issues with family, health professionals or publicly on social media.

That number is a large jump from when Ipsos last polled the public on their experiences with mental health, in April 2018, when only 41 per cent of Canadians said they had discussed their issues.

“It’s really encouraging,” said Jennifer McLeod Macey, vice-president of Ipsos Public Affairs. “We want people to be talking about this. We want to end the stigma.

“But at the same time … we are in a bit of a crisis mode.”

As Abigail Bimman explains, Canadians are helping reduce stigma around mental health by sharing their own experiences.

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