Two new studies show that COVID-19 is affecting mental health, and could become a serious problem if people suffer a second wave of shocks in the coming months,media BGR reported. The Canadian Department of Mental Health Research surveyed 1,803 Canadians in the last week of February and found that levels of anxiety and depression increased significantly across Canada during the pandemic. Two-fifths of Canadians said they were negatively affected by self-segregation, with one-third drinking more. In addition, the report says anxiety levels have increased fourfold.
Fears of economic stability remained high during the blockade, and people expressed increased concern about themselves or their families. More than half of them lost their jobs as a result of the outbreak, which reported negative impacts on their mental health.
The study also showed that people were less likely to receive mental health support. Some 43 per cent of people diagnosed with anxiety said they had less chance of receiving support since the outbreak began, and 36 per cent said they received less quality support. Researcher David Dozois told AFP: “We also asked what your prediction would look like if the isolation period for COVID-19 continued for a few more months. The proportion of people with high anxiety remained the same, but studies showed that depression became more severe. “
In addition, the Australian National University (ANU) conducted its own mental health study, the results of which are consistent with the findings of the Canadian study. The ANU compared mental health data before the outbreak with data collected after the outbreak. The university found that the number of people aged 18 to 24 who experienced severe psychological distress increased from 14 per cent in February 2017 to 22.3 per cent in April 2020. The number of people aged 25 to 34 increased from 11.5 per cent to 18.0 per cent over the same period. The study looked at data on 3,155 young Australians.
Money and unemployment were the main reasons for respondents’ concern. “The decline in employment opportunities has a big impact on millennials and Gen Z ers. Associate Professor Ben Edwards, an associate professor at the university, told AFP: “They don’t have the kind of financial cushion stakes older Australians have. This will have a long-term impact on the lives of young people. We need to think about what we can do to meet the needs of young people. “
The survey also showed that 59 percent of people are hopeful about the future. “Almost two-thirds of Australians say they are hopeful about the future at least three to four days a week,” Mr Edwards said. “Feeling hopeful can mitigate some of the negative mental health effects. “