COVID-19: Managing Mental Health in Canada

June 5, 2020 - 11:00 am (EDT) – Online Conference

Mental health issues have been the object of serious attention with the COVID-19 pandemic reshaping our lives in a myriad of ways. Canadians have experienced record levels of anxiety, social disconnect from family members and friends and by consequence, heightened concerns over depression, trauma, and coping mechanisms.

On June 5th from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm (EDT), the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network will hold an online conference where new data on the state of mental health in Canada will be presented and some of the country’s leading mental health experts will provide insights into how well Canada is managing the crisis and speak to best practices as we go forward.

The Social Impacts of COVID-19 Online Conference Series is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.


Note: The presentations available below are the property of their authors. We encourage you to contact the concerned authors directly for permission to make use of their material. If the presentation you are looking for is missing, it is because it has not been sent to us.


  • Tasha Kheiriddin, Media Commentator / Public Policy Analyst


  • Anna Romano, Vice-President, Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • General Roméo Dallaire, retired Lieutenant-General / Former Force Commander of UNAMIR / former Canadian Senator 


Mental Health and COVID-19: What the Numbers tell us               

  • Chair: Jennifer Kaddatz, Senior Advisor, The Vanier Institute of the Family
  • Julie Bernier, Director, Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada & Ron Gravel, Director, Center for Population Health Data , Statistics Canada (View the presentation)
  • Dr. Norbert Schmitz, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and an Associate Member in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University & Dr. Paul Holley, Research Director, ACS-Metropolis (View the presentation)
  • Jack Jedwab, President & CEO, ACS-Metropolis (View the presentation)


Mental Health and COVID-19: What the Experts tell us

  • Chair: Hubert Lussier, retired – Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
  • Dr. Mary Bartram, PhD, RSW, Director, COVID-19 Policy, Mental Health Commission of Canada (View the presentation)
  • Professor Keith Dobson, University of Calgary (View the presentation)


  • Tasha Kheiriddin, Media Commentator / Public Policy Analyst

The COVID-19 crisis has been rightly focused on medical intervention, containment, and the creation of vaccines. There are economic, social and cultural consequences arising from the virus which affect us all.

The Association for Canadian Studies, the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO established the Social Impacts Network in response to the needs for empirically based insight into key issues around COVID-19. The Network has partnered around weekly national surveys that have shown widening socio-economic differences gaps among Canadians and especially for recent immigrants.

For information regarding the network go to: