COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative: Research

An Evidence Synthesis Service to Support Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence

Key Messages

  • This rapid REP identifies relevant evidence about the types of mental health and addiction issues arising, indicators that can be used to monitor changes in population mental health, and strategies to respond to emergent needs
  • It also surfaces the international experiences of Australia, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the U.K. as well as the experiences of Canadian provinces and territories
  • It is clear that the health, economic, and social system responses to the pandemic have affected the mental health of citizens
  • Less evidence is available on the indicators that can be used and strategies to respond to emergent needs


  • Mental health
  • Addictions
  • Indicators
  • Response strategies


  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Dr John N Lavis, PhD, Director, McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University
  • Heather L Bullock, PhD, Executive Lead, RISE, McMaster University;
  • Michael G Wilson, PhD, Assistant Director, McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University;
  • Cara Evans, PhD student, Health Policy PhD program, McMaster University

For more information, please contact: Heather Bullock,

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People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) and Substance Use


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