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Mental Health Index

TELUS Health's (formerly 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.
  • Spotlight: exploring the specific impact of current issues in the community.

The Mental Health Index is published each month.


December 2022

The mental health of working Canadians improved modestly in December yet remains at a level that is only modestly higher than the most distressing period of the pandemic.

  • At 64.6, the mental health of Canadians improved slightly from the prior month.
  • 32% of Canadians have a high mental health risk, 43% have a moderate mental health risk, and 25% have a low mental health risk.
  • Anxiety, isolation, and work productivity have been the lowest mental health sub-scores for eight consecutive months.
  • The mental health score of managers improved and is higher than the score of non-managers and the national average.
  • With a two-point decline from November 2022, the Maritimes has the lowest mental health score while Manitoba has the highest score. Newfoundland and Labrador saw a 2.3-point improvement in mental health following three months of declines.

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