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A year into pandemic, feds have improved messaging on its toll on mental well-being, say experts

By Palak Mangat      

While expressing ‘empathy’ for the pandemic’s impact is helpful, it is still ‘half the job,’ says Margaret Eaton of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Terminology and messaging used to describe the toll COVID-19 has had on Canadians' mental well-being, by politicians and officials like Health Minister Patty Hajdu and chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, pictured in December 2020, has changed over time, says one Senator. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal government has done a better job of acknowledging the various emotional states COVID-19 has plunged Canadians into, says one expert, while another notes that the level of empathy politicians display only goes so far without long-term financial support for mental health services. 

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


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