Canadians have been some of the saddest and most anxious adults worldwide throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Lenstore’s Global State of Health 2021 report, Canada ranked third out of 24 countries based on several mental health concerns.
The data shows that 26% of Canadian adults reported feeling stress, anxiety, or great sadness during the pandemic.
The United States ranked first, with 33% of adults feeling the aforementioned health concerns amid the pandemic, and the United Kingdom came in second, also with 26%.
“2020 has proven to be an extremely tough year for many people’s mental health and well-being,” the report notes. “Stress, anxiety and overall sadness are all mental health concerns that need attention to help support those in need.”
Further down the list is France at 24%, and Australia and New Zealand, both reporting 23%.
Lenstore’s report, which also looked at other global health issues like obesity and smoking rates, is meant to analyze the state of health around the world.
“2020 has undoubtedly been the most difficult year for everyone health-wise,” the report reads. “Dealing with a global pandemic whilst trying to balance work and life has taken a toll on every individual’s health in one way or another.”