Friday , 24 September 2021

Vermilion Area COVID-19 Well-Being Survey Summary: What You Said

In June 2021, the County of Vermilion River FCSS and the Town of Vermilion FCSS partnered to administer the COVID-19 Well-Being Survey and the results are in.

The FCSS Programs engaged with the public through various methods to get their feedback on how the COVID-19 Pandemic has
impacted the community.

According to town documents, “The survey purpose was to gather data to assist with future program planning and to help understand and respond to our community’s needs. Although the sample size is small, this report captures a snapshot of how our residents have been impacted by COVID-19.”

“We hope that this survey report will generate further discussion and collaboration amongst service providers,” the Town of Vermilion stated.

In total, 299 respondents completed the survey which accounted for 2.4 per cent of the survey population. 53 per cent of those respondents report that their mental health and personal well-being are somewhat worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 58 per cent of respondents report feeling more tired than usual, while 57 per cent of respondents report having experienced moments of anxiety. 48 per cent of respondents report feeling helpless about the situation and 46 per cent of respondents report loss of interest and pleasure in their daily activities. 44 per cent of respondents report a change in quality or duration of their sleep. While 41 per cent of respondents report feeling irritable or experiencing moments of anger that they didn’t have before.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most respondents indicated a somewhat worse to a significant worse state of mental health and personal well-being. There are others who indicated no change while a few indicated they are somewhat to significantly better during this time.

“This survey was completed by some residents and is just a sample of how our residents have worked through the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been impacts on the mental health and well-being on individuals and that it will take time for people to regain trust and stability in many sectors of their life,” the Town of Vermilion stated.

Most notably are the following:
1. 67.2 per cent of respondents say their mental health is worse or significantly worse due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
2. Anxiety, tiredness, and a feeling of helplessness are the most common reported experiences.
3. Respondents turn to family and friends when needing help and support.

This data will uphold the work of support agencies as they apply for grants and choose their service delivery priorities.

The Town of Vermilion and the County of Vermilion River would like to thank everyone who participated.

To view the entire results click here.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!