Youth mental health deteriorating under pandemic stresses, new CAMH study reveals
2020-05-28 from thestar.com
Pandemic isolation has compounded mental health challenges for many young people — while simultaneously bringing some surprising new benefits, an about-to-be-released study has found.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health study, currently under peer review, shows an overall deterioration of mental health among young people with growing concerns about depression and anxiety. But the impacts of sudden self-isolation are nuanced, with many respondents reporting reduced substance abuse and deeper connections with family.
It’s part of an emerging portrait of mixed youth mental health reactions to a global pandemic.
The CAMH survey, conducted from April 10 to 24, asked people aged 14 to 27 to answer questions about their mental health. They reported “statistically significant deterioration of mental health from pre-pandemic times to the point of data collection,” the study reads.
Of the 622 respondents, about half had previously sought mental health services while the other half had not. Mental health declines were evident in both groups overall, but pandemic stressors were more impactful on those with pre-existing mental health challenges, the study found.
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