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Mental Health

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

City On Our Knees 2032

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;

he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

PSalm 34: 17-18


Here is a summary of key findings from the Mental Health Commission Canada; Mental Health and Substance Abuse During Covid-19.

The mental health and substance use impacts of the pandemic have been greater for people living with, or at risk of, mental health and substance use disorders.

  • Only 2 in 5 respondents report strong (very good/excellent) mental health.

  • 14% of respondents report moderately severe/severe current symptoms of depression, 24% report moderate/severe symptoms of anxiety, and 5–6% have seriously contemplated suicide since March 2020.

  • 1 in 3 respondents who use alcohol report increased use and 1 in 5 report problematic use; 2 out of 5 who use cannabis report increased use AND problematic use.

  • The pandemic is amplifying the close relationship between mental health and substance use.

  • Respondents with past and current substance use concerns report more mental health symptoms. Nearly 1 out of 2 respondents with past substance use disorders report moderately severe to severe depression symptoms since March 2020.

  • Respondents with past and current mental health concerns report greater increases in substance use. Almost 1 out of 2 respondents with current mental health symptoms who consume cannabis report increased consumption.

  • Access to services is not keeping up with increasing need.

  • Only 22% of respondents with current mental health symptoms and 24% with current problematic substance use report access to treatment since March; about 1 in 5 of respondents who have received care report finding access difficult.

This doesn’t make for good reading. Nevertheless this is the current state of Mental health in Canada. Can the Church make a difference? I believe it can. In other reports, people of faith have been found to be more resilient than than those who report no faith. Being connected with a loving and supportive community goes a long way to providing positive mental health.

God is compassionate toward those that are broken-hearted and crushed in spirit. Let us lift up those that are suffering in our church and across our City.


Prayer Points

  • Christians will be channels of God’s love to those who are suffering from mental issues.

  • Wait times for care and counselling will greatly diminish, and no one in dire need will be turned away.

  • God will bring peace to families and single people who are dealing with mental and emotional pressures.

  • Workers in high-pressure jobs will receive support and time to recover from mental concerns.

  • Christian counsellors and others in mental health jobs will see God at work in the people they counsel.

  • Christian agencies and mental health institutions such as the Royal Ottawa Hospital will receive the financial support to meet the needs of Ottawa residents.

  • Christians will reach out to young people who are particularly vulnerable to mental and emotional problems.

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