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Many Canadians Keep Quiet About Mental Health At Work

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A report tracking mental health in Canada during the pandemic has scored Canadians’ mental health in the negatives for eleven straight months. This suggests that many Canadians fear that revealing mental health struggles could damage their career. Click to read; Many Canadians Keep Quiet About Mental Health At Work on ABC17 News.

According to Morneau Shepell’s latest data, released Tuesday, Canadians experienced almost the same rate of depression in February as they did in April, 2020.

“The extreme isolation and loneliness that we reported in recent months is having a direct impact on Canadians’ mental wellbeing,” Stephen Liptrap, president and chief executive officer of Morneau Shepell, said in a press release.

Morneau Shepell provides HR services to 24,000 client organizations across 162 countries, including mental health services. Starting in April 2020, it began to release a monthly report called the Mental Health Index. This compared mental health information collected through monthly surveys to data from 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The survey includes 3,000 Canadians. And so far, the Mental Health Index has shown a “continued decline in mental health” throughout the pandemic when compared to levels before 2020.

For eleven straight months, the monthly score has been in the negatives.

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