A GTA mental health line saw a 70% spike in daily calls for help from men after the onset of the pandemic, according to a new Wellesley Institute report. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
Financial hardship from job loss and reduced hours may have contributed to the surge in calls from men, said Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
Researchers found women and working people among the groups most impacted during the first wave, with women’s daily calls increasing 54% after the pandemic began. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
“Women had to work at home, they had to look after their kids, and they had to think about other people, such as their parents who needed help,” McKenzie said, noting a rise in domestic violence as well. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
Right now, as the province reopens, the city needs to be focusing much more on mental health in COVID recovery and how to support people’s mental wellness, McKenzie said. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…

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