Anxiety problems are up by nearly a third among postsecondary students since 2018

Flexibility in the delivery of mental health services will be key for this school year, the co-authors of a new report say.


Anxiety, academic difficulties related to online learning, concentration problems and pandemic fatigue have been named in a national report as leading reasons why students have been seeking help for their mental health and wellness on campus.

Titled Campus Mental Health Across Canada: The Ongoing Impact of COVID-19, the report, published by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS), is based on responses to an online survey received from student affairs and mental health professionals at 69 Canadian postsecondary campuses. Three-quarters of them were universities. The survey, conducted in mid-2021, covers the 2020-2021 academic year and the pandemic’s second and third waves. It follows similar surveys done each year since 2018.

Last Modified: September 21, 2022