New data shows most Ontarians worry about COVID-19’s impact on the economy, personal finances

The vast majority (90 per cent) of Ontarians are concerned about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the economy, according to new polling data released by Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. 

This data comes from the first of three polls Pollara Strategic Insights is conducting on behalf of CMHA Ontario to evaluate how Ontarians’ perceptions of their mental health are changing as they come out from underneath the pandemic.  

In addition to nearly everyone being concerned about COVID-19’s impact on the economy, Pollara’s research shows 69 per cent of Ontarians are concerned about the impact the outbreak has on their personal finances. 

Other interesting findings in the Pollara research related to workplace mental health during the pandemic include:  

  • Despite trying to make a daily routine, 59 per cent are finding it hard to be productive while in self-isolation. This is true of those who are currently employed and those not working. 
  • Those who are employed are more likely to say they have a routine and at least somewhat follow it (51 per cent). 
  • Forty pert cent of Ontarians have themselves or have an immediate family member who has lost work hours or pay at workwhile nearly a third (28 per cent) have been laid off.  

In this time of uncertainty and stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mental Health Works has provided several free webinars to help employees and employers address the impact the outbreak has had on our work and well-being. 

The next webinar focuses on supporting front-line health workers and those who work to support patientsuch as custodial staff, security professionals and administrators. 

Mental Health Works is a nationwide social enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. It provides capacity-building workshops, presentations and webinars that are person-centred, evidence-based, and solutions-focused. 

For more information about how Mental Health Works can support your workplace manage the impact of the pandemic, visit www.mentalhealthworks.ca. 

 

 

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