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COVID-19: Pandemic wears on British Columbians’ mental health, many unsure where to turn (PHC, Dr. Lakshmi Yatham)

Heidi Worthington is a senior vice-president at Pacific Blue Cross. (Photo credit: Vancouver Sun)

Pacific Blue Cross-sponsored research found that half of British Columbians are dealing with mental-health concerns vs. just 19 per cent before COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic is making more British Columbians anxious and depressed, but a lot of them don’t know where to turn to for help, a new survey conducted for Pacific Blue Cross shows.

Vancouver Coastal Health has seen a “substantial” increase in people experiencing anxiety, loneliness and alcohol or substance abuse, said Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, regional head of psychiatry for the health authority and Providence Health Care.

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