KDE Hub for Mental Health Promotion (March 2023). Hub Tool: Impacts of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Canadians. Summary of a Rapid Review Waterloo, Ontario: Knowledge Development and Exchange Hub, Renison University College, University of Waterloo.
Part of the KDE Hub’s mandate is to curate evidence-informed knowledge and support learning. This tool provides a summary of research findings from a review of peer-reviewed and grey literature (January 2020 to July 2022) outlining impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the MH of Canadians. Populations of focus include the general Canadian population, Canadian children/youth, and the following priority populations: racialized Canadians, Indigenous Canadians, 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians, and immigrants/refugees/newcomers in Canada. This tool outlines COVID-related MH stressors, MH outcomes resulting from these stressors, and disproportionate MH impacts among priority populations.
This tool can be used to better understand and address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health (MH) of Canadians, including differential effects on priority populations. It may be of special interest to projects engaged in MH promotion activities to mitigate these impacts and address pre-existing structural and social inequities amplified by COVID-19 MH stressors. Research insights shared in this tool may serve as reference material and supporting evidence for MH promotion initiatives in establishing priorities, guiding practice, and optimizing program impact.