A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, research has found that young Canadians in particular are struggling with anxiety and depression.

In a release, the International Development and Relief Foundation explained that 30% of young people in Canada are currently unemployed, while 19% have been experiencing “moderate to severe anxiety.”

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A study by the Canadian Mental Health Association from July 2020 also found that 27% of young people aged over 18 reported binge drinking, while 23% said they felt lonely and 18% felt depressed.

It comes as data suggests Canadians of all ages are struggling too, with Health Canada revealing anxiety and depression levels are at their highest right now.

To combat this, the federal government has launched  Wellness Together Canada, which offers free and confidential mental health resources, counselling and substance-use support.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or mental health concerns, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or health care professional. You can also contact a helpline which is available 24 hours a day to talk. Or click here, for additional resources.

If you need immediate assistance please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital. Support is available.