Sinthia Hoque:-A new poll suggests the second wave of the pandemic has eroded mental health in Ontario. The Canadian Mental Health Association is urging Ontario to prioritize the sector in its upcoming budget.
The poll suggests only 35 percent of Ontarians consider their mental health to be “very good” or “excellent” Nearly 80 percent of respondents believe there will be a “serious mental health crisis” post-pandemic, the poll says.
“It’s very alarming to think about what we’ll need to do to support the population,” a mental health advocate says. The plea comes after the poll’s third round of polling from the association’s Ontario branch, which sheds light on how those in the province have coped as the Pandemic wears on.
The poll also found respondents were getting more isolated, with 47 percent saying they wish they had someone to talk to, and 36 per cent said they are “often, very often or almost always lonely”. The government’s second pandemic-era budget is set to be released on March 24th, Quenneville: “The wait times across Ontario are astronomical” The poll surveyed 1,004 Ontarians online between February 19th and 22nd.
The polling industry’s professional body says online surveys can not be assigned a margin of error. The poll was commissioned by CMHA Ontario and conducted by Pollara and surveyed more than 1,000 Ontarians.
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