Morneau Shepell’s Mental Health Index shines a spotlight on the current mental health status of employed adults amidst the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
Benchmarked against 2017-2019 data, fluctuations in the Index can predict cost and productivity risks while informing the need for mental health investments by business and government.
Inside each report you’ll find:
- Mental Health Index: measuring change compared to the benchmark for mental health and risk.
- Mental Stress Change Score: measuring the level of reported mental stress compared to the prior month.
Spotlight: exploring the specific impact of current issues in the community.
The Mental Health Index is published each month.
For nine consecutive months, the mental health of Canadians has been significantly lower than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the initial significant decline measured in April 2020, there were modest increases from May to July 2020. A reversal of this trend occurred in August, followed by a modest improvement in September, a decline in October, a slight improvement in November, and a decline in December to its lowest point since the inception of the Index™. The level of mental health in December continues to be a concern as it indicates that the working population is currently as distressed as the most distressed one per cent of working Canadians, prior to 2020.