Wealthier neighbourhoods had more access to virtual mental health services in the pandemic: study – CTV

Jan. 8, 2023

It’s well understood that the pandemic worsened the mental health of Canadians across the country—but it’s wealthier neighbourhoods that received more access to virtual care options and services, according to a recent study.

Data has shown that the mental health of those who struggle with anxiety, depression, and psychological distress worsened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with one in 10 Canadians polled by Canadian Association of Mental Health in July 2020 citing as such.

But the pandemic also impacted the delivery of mental health services, as in-person appointments were put on hold indefinitely, and virtual appointments were offered in their place, a recent report shows.

And according to a recent report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the virtual delivery of mental health services was more available for Canadians who lived in higher-income neighbourhoods.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/wealthier-neighbourhoods-had-more-access-to-virtual-mental-health-services-in-the-pandemic-study-1.6221760

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