Nova Scotians are reporting the highest levels of anxiety and depression in Canada due to COVID-19 and the greatest nation-wide increase since the start of the pandemic. That’s one of the key findings of a new online poll by Mental Health Research Canada in partnership with Research Nova Scotia. St. FX Sociology Professor Dr. Katie Aubrecht, a member of the MHRC’s Board of Directors says that statistic may seem odd given Nova Scotia’s relatively low COVID-19 cases. Aubrecht says other factors may have an impact.
Aubrecht says another factor may be access to Mental Health services. The survey found nearly half of all people who accessed Mental Health services before the pandemic are no longer accessing these services.