Loneliness Bigger Fear than Dying of COVID: Survey

Folks in this country continued to stress over COVID-19, more so, it seems, than they fear dying from the virus.

Such is the finding of the latest survey on the mental health of Canadian workers, which suggests loneliness is a worse problems for many Canadians.

Morneau Shepell's overall mental health index for September was down 10.2 points from its pre-2020 benchmark. The reading in August was down 11.2 points from the benchmark, while July was down 10.4 points.

While the financial impact of the pandemic and getting ill with COVID-19 were the most prevalent concerns, people who identified loneliness as a concern had the lowest mental health score at minus 25.8, even lower than the score of minus 17.7 for those who cited a fear of dying from COVID-19 as a worry.

Morneau Shepell's latest monthly report on its mental health index is based on online responses collected Aug. 21 to 30, before the recent surge of COVID cases.