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Impacts of Pandemic on Mental Health and Substance Use


Impacts of Pandemic on Mental Health and Substance Use

As we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19 there have been many implications to both mental and physical health.  Recent data, collected by Statistics Canada, noted just over half of Canadian's reported a decline in their mental health during the pandemic (1). 

There are also reported rises in (2):

    • Alcohol use: 14%
    • Tobacco use: 3.3%
    • Cannabis use: 6.5%

Alberta data suggests that Albertans have been most affected in the areas of mental and financial health, with 32% of Albertans reporting worsening mental and financial health (3).

If you or someone you know is struggling with any aspect of their health, or need help connecting with resources please reach out.  Connect with our family physician's office for support or reach out to any of the helplines found in the below link.

If you or someone you know needs help.pdf

This article was written by Gabrielle Eresman, an Educator at the Palliser PCN.