Survey Results

Research Brief and Infographics

Preliminary Release: December 18, 2020, Updated Release: January 20, 2021

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Summary of Major Findings

(first release, December 18, 2020)

  1. Anxiety and depression in Saskatchewan adults have increased and remains high following the COVID-19 outbreak
  • 20% of Saskatchewan respondents (1 in 5) said they experience ‘high’ level of anxiety since COVID, compared to 7.6% before COVID. This is a 163% increase (more than doubled). 15.1% (or 1 in 7) said they experience ‘high’ level of depression since COVID, compared to 7.4% before COVID, a 104% increase (doubled).
  • Saskatchewanians with anxiety during the first 6 months of COVID are likely to be younger (18-34 years 28.8% vs 55+ years 12.5%) and women (22.5% vs. 17.1% of men). Saskatchewanians with depression are likely to be younger (18-34: 22.6% vs 55+ years 7.5%) and men (17.6% vs. 12.9% of women).
  • Saskatchewanians who experienced ‘high’ anxiety or depression live in different regions in the province. 1 in 5 people in Regina, North and Saskatoon regions experienced ‘high’ anxiety--more than double the number of people compared to before COVID--compared to 1 in 10 people in Central and South regions. Almost 1 in 5 people in North experienced ‘high’ depression—almost tripling the number of people who said so compared to before COVID—compared to 1 in 10 in Central and South regions.
  1. Some Saskatchewanians experience serious psychological distress
  • Almost half of those respondents in Saskatchewan (48%) who report high levels of anxiety and/or depression are likely to be classified as having severe psychological distress (using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale) if COVID-19 and control measures were to continue for the next 2 months.
  1. The COVID-19 outbreak has meant that many Saskatchewanians have lost access to mental health supports
  • Access to services from a mental health professional has declined by almost one-half (18% since COVID compared to 34% before). The uptake of online/phone support hasn’t materialized as anticipated, 10.4% since COVID vs 9.5% before. Receiving service from their doctors has declined even further during the pandemic as compared to before (4.5% vs 11%). Most alarmingly, 10% respondents who needed mental health services didn’t receive it during the pandemic compared to 5% before. 15% respondents who had a mental health disorder before COVID and are still suffering indicated they are no longer being treated.


 If you have questions about the survey or our research project, please contact:

Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine
Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU)
Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan
t: 306-966-7940  e:




Research Brief:
Muhajarine, N., Adeyinka, D., Jeffery, B., McIntosh, T., Novik, N., Pisolkar, V., Kallio, N. (January 2021). Research Brief: Mental health and COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. Saskatoon/Regina: SPHERU.

Muhajarine, N., Adeyinka, D., Jeffery, B., McIntosh, T., Novik, N., Kallio, N., Judge, A., Pisolkar, V., Sajid, A. (January 2021). Infographics: Mental health in Saskatchewan in the first 6 months of COVID-19. Saskatoon/Regina: SPHERU.