Research to better understand how mental health services are being accessed and provided by Canadian organizations

  • “The Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Psychological Association, in partnership with Saint Mary’s University, are conducting research to better understand how mental health services are being accessed and provided by Canadian organizations.
  • Your participation in a short, online survey (10-15 minutes) will improve our knowledge of employees’ experience in accessing psychological services and employers’ strategic decisions on providing coverage for them in Canadian workplaces. The anonymous survey is available online in French or English. This study protocol has been approved by the Saint Mary’s University Research Ethics Board (File #21-032).
  • Please complete the Employee Survey or the Employer Survey (as someone with an active role in your organization’s human resource or mental health strategy or psychological health and safety management systems).


  • La Commission de la santé mentale du Canada et la Société canadienne de psychologie, en partenariat avec l’Université Saint Mary’s, mènent une recherche pour mieux comprendre la manière dont les organismes canadiens accèdent aux services de santé mentale et les fournissent.
  • Votre participation à un court sondage en ligne (10 à 15 minutes) nous permettra de mieux connaître l’expérience des employés en matière d’accès aux services psychologiques ainsi que les décisions stratégiques des employeurs quant à la couverture de ces services dans les lieux de travail canadiens. Ce sondage est anonyme et est disponible en ligne en français et en anglais. Ce protocole d’étude a été approuvé par le Comité d’éthique de la recherche de l’Université Saint Mary’s (dossier n° 21-032).
  • Veuillez répondre au Sondage à l’intention des employés ou au Sondage à l’intention des employeurs (à titre de personne jouant un rôle actif dans les systèmes de gestion des ressources humaines, de la stratégie de santé mentale ou de la santé et de la sécurité psychologiques de votre organisme).

Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition (OAC) Research Project Launch

 We would like to share with you the opportunity to support our partner the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition (OAC) who has been working with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research to create a community-based research project called “Ottawa Indigenous Community Members’ Experiences of COVID-19.”

 The research is looking at the experiences of the Ottawa urban Indigenous community members (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) since March 2020.

OAC released the survey last week and is hoping to get 1,000 Indigenous community members to respond. ​Please share widely with your networks.

More information can be found at the following website and on the attached posters.

Monitoring the Health and Social Impacts of COVID-19 

“The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting us in significant ways. We have all been affected by the closure of schools and businesses, and the challenges that come with physical distancing and wearing a mask in our daily lives.  

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is committed to monitoring the health and social impacts of COVID-19 over the weeks and months ahead – to understand how Ottawa residents are managing through this time, and to use this information to work with the community to provide supports where needed.  

One of the tools OPH will use to shape our understanding of these impacts is a population-level survey of Ottawa residents. The survey will be conducted at regular intervals over the course of the year. Results will be summarized in themes and posted once available.”

“Suivi des conséquences sanitaires et sociales de la COVID-19
La pandémie de COVID-19 se répercute sur nous de façon significative. Nous avons tous été touchés par la fermeture des écoles, des commerces et des entreprises, ainsi que par les défis inhérents à la distanciation physique et au port d’un masque dans notre vie quotidienne.
Au cours des semaines et des mois à venir, Santé publique Ottawa (SPO) s’emploiera à surveiller les conséquences sanitaires et sociales de la COVID-19 afin de comprendre la façon dont les résidents d’Ottawa surmontent cette période et d’utiliser cette information pour travailler avec la collectivité et lui apporter l’aide dont elle a besoin.
Pour ce faire, SPO se fondera sur différents outils et notamment sur un sondage mené auprès de l’ensemble de la population d’Ottawa, et ce, à intervalles réguliers au cours de l’année. Les résultats seront présentés par thème et seront publiés une fois disponibles.”



An evaluation of Ontario’s transition to virtual child and youth mental health service delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic


Enablers for Virtual Visits – CADTH Policy Insights

OPH Status of Mental Health During COVID-19



Occurrence, prevention, and management of the psychological effects of emerging virus outbreaks on healthcare workers: rapid review and meta-analysis

COVID-19 Epidemiology Update – OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH

The Cost of Not Providing Health Care Interpretation in the Champlain Region

This document provides an overview of the negative health and health system impacts of not providing professional language interpretation for clients with limited English or French proficiency (LEFP) when they utilise health services.

Read the document here: 

Are we facing a crashing wave of neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19? Neuropsychiatric symptoms and potential immunologic mechanisms

Published Online April 13, 2020


  • The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant source of psychological distress globally
  • The novel coronavirus and host immunologic response may also directly affect brain and behaviour
  • Acute and delayed neuropsychiatric sequelae have been associated with past viral pandemics
  • Prospective monitoring of COVID-19 patients is needed to determine neuropsychiatric outcomes
  • A psychoneuroimmunology perspective will aid in promoting post-pandemic public mental health

Read the article here:

COVID-19 paranoia in a patient suffering from schizophrenic psychosis – a case report

Published online April 17, 2020. Report on the case of a patient with schizophrenia presenting with COVID-19-related delusions and hallucinations, illustrating the potential of COVID-19 to precipitate entry into a psychotic phase and impact symptom manifestation.

Read the article here:

How Covid-19 Affects the Brain, During, and After Sickness

Anecdotal evidence of the impacts on COVID-19 survivors’ mental health. 

Read the story here:

Summary of the International Lessons Learned from Re-Opening non-COVID-19 activities in Hospitals (McMaster University)

Read the full document here: 

Virtual Mental Health Care Training  Needs and Preferences Survey: For Mental Health Practitioners

CAMH-Education invites your input in the design and development of virtual mental health education/continuing professional development (CPD) training events and resources. This survey is part of a needs assessment designed to help us better understand your training needs.

Your time in completing this short 5-question survey is greatly appreciated.

Please use this weblink to complete the survey: Virtual Mental Health Care Training Needs and Preferences Survey: For Mental Health Practitioners


Released: 2020-05-01

“All Canadians are concerned about the health, economic and social ramifications of COVID-19. However, a short study published today suggests that immigrants to Canada may be more concerned about the impact of COVID-19 than Canadian-born people.”



Tracking the Policing of COVID-19 Across Canada

“The Policing the Pandemic Mapping Project was launched on 4 April, 2020 to track and visualize the massive and extraordinary expansions of police power in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the unequal patterns of enforcement that may arise as a result. The project aims to bring to light COVID-19 related patterns of police intervention to help understand who is being targeted, what justifications are being used by police, and how marginalized people are being impacted.”

See the website and research here:

How might this impact Mental Health clients?

An additional resource is found here:


Snapshot: Canadians Under the Age of 54 Are Drinking More While Staying at Home
In a recent Nanos Poll commissioned by CCSA, we found that 25% of Canadians (aged 35–54) and 21% of Canadians (aged 18–34) have been drinking more alcohol while staying at home more and practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Access the report to find the complete survey results, including reasons given for the increase in alcohol consumption.

Read the report