Approximately 20% of people in Canada experience a mental health issue or illness every year, making mental health and well-being as important as physical health. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health concerns for many people, in particular for nurses and health-care providers. The increased workload, lack of resources and personal protective equipment (PPE), staffing shortages and concern for personal and family safety, as well as moral distress, have significantly contributed to worse mental health outcomes for the health-care workforce. CNA will continue to advocate on behalf of nurses to ensure their mental health and well-being are no longer overlooked.
Resources and Initiatives
CNA is a partner on the Healthy Professional Worker Partnership, which is conducting a study to examine the gendered nature of mental health issues, leaves of absence and return-to-work experiences of professional workers from a comparative perspective.
COVID-19-Related Occupational Burnout and Moral Distress Among Nurses: A Rapid Scoping Review: research paper in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership
CNA’s Key Messages on COVID-19 and Mental Heath
Staying Healthy During a Pandemic
Mental Health & COVID-19: How COVID-19 is Impacting Canadians: report by Mental Health Research Canada that focused on frontline health-care workers