Black Canadians see greater mental health declines: Survey

August 27, 2020

By HR Reporter |

For the fifth month in a row, Canadians’ mental health remains low amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and Black Canadians appear to be having a worse time than their White counterparts, according to a report from Morneau Shepell.

The company’s Mental Health Index stood at -10 for the month of July, down from the pre-2020 benchmark of 75. Against the same benchmark, depression (-12.4), anxiety (-12.3), optimism (-11.4), work productivity (-11.11) and isolation (-11) have all turned for the worse among Canadians.

“July marks the fifth month since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic and Canadians began experiencing a collective mental health crisis,” says Stephen Liptrap, president and CEO of Morneau Shepell. “While many businesses, amenities and public spaces have reopened and a slight sense of normalcy has started to emerge across the country, our Mental Health Index shows that improving mental wellbeing takes time. In addition to restarting the Canadian economy, it’s critical that organizations and governments continue to be vigilant in providing mental health support.”

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