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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.


December 2021

After some improvement from January to August 2021,there has been a modest decline in mental health

  • From a low of -11.8 for the mental health index score in December of 2020 to a post-pandemic high of -9.7, the current score is -10.2, which represents a high level of mental health risk. 
  • The worst subs-scores at this point are for depression, optimism and isolation.
  • The strongest sub-score is for financial risk, which represents an improvement in the level of emergency savings compared to 2019.
  • A sharp decline in mental health in Newfoundland and Labrador in Dec 2021 brings it closer to the other Canadian provinces.