COVID-19 IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

Covid-19 has changed lives all over the world in ways that were once unimaginable. We are in a place where wearing masks and social distancing is the new normal and we understand that these circumstances are taking a significant toll on our mental health. The Happy Race organization is dedicated to spreading awareness on the implications Covid-19 has on mental wellbeing.

Adjusting to new life isn't easy...

The impact Covid-19 has brought on mental health is WORLDWIDE. In January 2021, 4 in 10 adults in the United States reported symptoms of anxiety disorder and/or depressive disorder (which increased from a previous 1 in 10 adults in 2019). In Canada, 1 in 10 Canadians reported thoughts of suicide and self harm - only six months into the pandemic.

The Happy Race is dedicated to raising money for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for mental health relief in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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The Impact on Addiction & Mental Health

25% of Canadians aged 35-54 and 21% of those aged 18-34 have increased their alcohol consumption since social distancing and self isolation due to COVID-19 began (CAMH).

56% of young adults have reported symptoms of anxiety disorder/depressive disorder during the pandemic.

How does Exercise help?

Physical exercise is proven to reduce feelings of anxiety, promote feelings of energy and elation, and decrease your risk of long-term depression - and, it's a healthy coping tool easily incorporated into your routine!

Even a short burst of walking can elevate your alertness and positive mood.

Low intensity aerobic exercise is known to enhance your mental wellbeing - self-esteem, enthusiasm, and overall contentment.

We're physically distanced - but remain united. The Happy Race aspires to encourage people of all ages to remain connected by sharing their exercise progress through our club feed during our races.

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21% of Canadian adults screened positive for at least one of the following mental disorders that were assessed: major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The prevalence of mental health disorders is more than 4 times higher in those that have experienced loneliness or isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic

More than 40% of Canadians that expressed difficulty in meeting financial obligations or essential needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have screened positive for one of the three mental disorders

Young adults aged 18-24 were over 3 times more likely to report symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder compared to older adults

STATISTICS CANADA HAS STATED: