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Mental Health Index

LifeWorks' Mental Health Index shines a spotlight on the current mental health status of employed adults amidst the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

Benchmarked against 2017-2019 data, fluctuations in the Index can predict cost and productivity risks while informing the need for mental health investments by business and government.

Inside each report you’ll find:

  • Mental Health Index: measuring change compared to the benchmark for mental health and risk.
  • Mental Stress Change Score: measuring the level of reported mental stress compared to the prior month.
  • Spotlight: exploring the specific impact of current issues in the community.

The Mental Health Index is published each month.


April 2022

Since April 2020, the mental health of Canadians has been 10 points or lower than the pre-2020 benchmark.

  • At -10.5, the current mental health score is unchanged from the prior month.
  • Depression, anxiety, work productivity and financial risk scores declined from February to March 2022.
  • Despite a decline of 1.5 points this month, the strongest sub-score continues to be financial risk, representing an improvement in the level of emergency savings compared to 2019.
  • Mental health scores improved in Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador while British Columbia,Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, and the Maritimes saw declines in mental health.
  • After two months of improvements, the mental health score of managers fell more than one point from February and is below non-managers and the national average.

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