An interdisciplinary research team led by Dr. Mary Bartram at the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Dr. Ivy Bourgeault at the University of Ottawa and Canadian Health Workforce Network is working to assess how COVID-19 is impacting the capacity of Canada’s mental health and substance use workforce.
The pandemic has brought about big changes for this workforce, such as the sudden shift to online approaches and responding to increasing levels of anxiety, trauma and grief in the population. We know from previous disasters and epidemics that the mental health and substance use impacts are likely to be complex and long-lasting and may not fully emerge until after the worst of the crisis.
This study will provide better information about the capacity of service providers to respond to the mental health and substance use needs of people in response to COVID-19.
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