Mental health and substance use during COVID-19: Summary report
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction & Mental Health Commission of Canada
Up to one in two individuals with an existing substance use disorder reported having moderately severe to severe symptoms of depression since March 2020.
Up to one in two respondents with current mental health symptoms who use cannabis reported increased use, compared to two in five in the general population.
One in three who use alcohol reported increased use, while one in five reported problematic (high risk) use.
Moderate and severe anxiety symptoms were highest among respondents with lifetime substance use disorder and lifetime mental health diagnoses.
Respondents’ top stressors were their financial situation (14%), social isolation (12%), and the health of family members (11%).