The report covers the following topics:
A study of mental health impacts of previous disasters. Public health data from the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires provides insight into mental, behavioural, and anxiety-related disorders, as well as antidepressant use, both during and after the crisis.
Understanding the impact of long-term unemployment on mental health. By examining the 1990 and 2008 economic recessions we can see the negative effect on employment rates, and the associated mental health impact on the unemployed.
Vulnerable populations at greatest risk for the human impact of COVID-19. After mapping neighbourhoods that have been hardest hit by the pandemic, identifying industries most affected by lockdowns, and examining the incidence of mental health issues – we find that women are at the epicentre of the human impact.
The time for action is now. The public health crisis took us by surprise, the economic crisis disrupted us, but we cannot afford to let the COVID-19 mental health consequences surprise us. There are several actions governments, mental health professionals, and insurers can start doing now to prepare for COVID-19’s human crisis.