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Assessing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Mental Health National Monitoring Survey

University of British Columbia

Emily Jenkins , Anne Gadermann

Topic areas

COVID-192S/LGBTQ+Youth

Study Design:

This is a national survey-based quantitative study, with responses collected May 2020, September 2020, and January 2021.


Study Sample:

The study sampled individuals 18 years of age and older, with 9061 respondents nationally across the three rounds of data collection, with 1158 being from BC.


Research Questions:

This study investigated whose mental health is most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic is interfacing with existing health, social, and structural inequities to widen mental health inequities.


Preliminary Findings:

Findings suggest that mental health inequities are widening in the context of the pandemic. Populations who are overrepresented in adverse mental health outcomes include: people with a previous mental health condition or living with disability, young people (18-24), those with low household income (<25k/year), Indigenous peoples, and 2S/LGBTQ+ individuals.

Find more information on the study homepage

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