This story is in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross (Red Cross).
In the throes of the pandemic’s first waves and lockdowns, Dr. Paul Hébert, special advisor for the Canadian Red Cross, advised the public to reach out to anyone in their social group who may be vulnerable to the social and psychological impacts related to COVID-19. At the time, new survey data showed nearly half of young adults in Canada were experiencing elevated anxiety and symptoms of depression, 40 percent were not feeling hopeful about the future, and 38 percent worried they couldn’t get immediate help if they needed it.
“Young people (18- to 34-year-olds) were adversely affected — financially, emotionally, everything, their world was rocked. You
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