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Mental Health Index

Morneau Shepell’s 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.


March 2021

Mental health has long been recognized as a driver of health, engagement and productivity. Since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Canada in January 2020, it has been a year marked by relentless and unpredictable change. The importance of mental health, resilience and wellbeing has been magnified as the COVID-19 pandemic, social and economic crises have affected Canadians to an extent that will be felt for generations.


United States

United Kingdom


Regional Comparison