Morneau Shepell’s monthly’ Mental Health Index’ report shows a consistent negative mental health score among Canadians for the eighth consecutive month.

The findings show that worsening psychological health, an increase in employment dissatisfaction, and extended mental strain continue to impact the mental wellbeing of Canadians.

The score of -11.1 is a slight improvement from October (-11.4). The score measures the improvement or decline in mental health from the pre-2020 benchmark of 75. “We’re at a pivotal point in navigating the pandemic.

On one hand, the recent news about potentially life-saving vaccines being administered in the first half of next year should bring Canadians some encouragement.

On the other hand, we are also approaching some of the most difficult months of the year for many Canadians as we approach the holidays and winter months,” says Stephen Liptrap, president and chief executive officer. “Information overload will continue to be an issue in the coming months.

Employers cannot assume that all employees are feeling positive about the new pandemic-related developments and must continue to check in on their wellbeing to maintain a productive workforce.”

This increase in the incidence of mental health amongst employees is of concern. There is a gap in the supply of psychiatric services for these patients. The EAP providers fill an important need for mental health services. However, many of these cases are complex and there is a gap in the suppliers of mental health services for complex mental health patients.

That is a role that RCM Health Consultancy fulfills in the Canadian healthcare ecosystem for mental health services.

Raymond Rupert patient advocate and healthcare consultant