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Mental Health and Substance Use During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of all Canadians. The ongoing economic hardships, changes to our daily routines and separation from loved ones, among other stresses, have been linked to the worsening of mental health and an increase in substance use among many Canadians.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) have commissioned the Leger polling firm to produce a series of bimonthly surveys over a twelve-month period to explore the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians’ mental health and substance use. By tracking trends among the general population and priority populations, CCSA and MHCC aim to build on our understanding of the relationship between mental health and substance use during COVID-19 and better support Canadians through these challenging times. (Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, 2021)