Survey Reveals Mental Health COVID-19 Pandemic and Isolation of British Columbians

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The COVID-19 pandemic has left many British Columbians stranded at home, practicing social distances to help slow the spread of the disease. And it has had an impact on the mental health of many.

New Insights West poll of 817 British Columbians found people experience higher levels of worry, stress, boredom, anxiety and loneliness than before the pandemic, and women seem to be more as hard hit as men.

Sixty-two percent of respondents said they were more worried than usual, while 59% said they were more stressed than usual.

57% of respondents said they felt more anxious, 59% said they were more bored and 43% said they felt more lonely.

“The results show the dramatic effect this pandemic has had on the mental health and well-being of British Columbians, and this has been significant,” said Steve Mossop, President of Insights West.

The survey shows that, on average, women experience the mental effects of the pandemic more severely – about 10% more in terms of worry, stress, anxiety and loneliness. Both sexes experience similar troubles, however.

And although COVID-19 is the most dangerous for the elderly, young people seem to feel the emotional effects of isolation.

While 73% of 18-34 year olds experience more stress, 47% of 55 year olds and over said the same. Regarding the assessment of their ability to cope with the pandemic, 36% of 18-34 year olds said they were doing well or badly, while only 18% of those 55 and over answered the same thing. .

“Seeing a quarter of the population is not doing well, and the majority of us feeling more stress, anxiety and worry shows that this pandemic has affected us far beyond the level physical and financial, “said Mossop.

The online survey was conducted from April 9 to April 12. The margin of error is +/- 3.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

-By Nicholas Johansen / Castanet

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