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This brief provides an overview of issues faced by people living with serious mental illnesses (and their circles of care) during COVID-19, along with considerations for policy development as we move into the post-pandemic period. It builds on the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC’s) preliminary scan on COVID-19 and mental health policy and draws on Canadian and international academic and policy literature, information gleaned from the media and key stakeholders, and contributions from the MHCC’s Hallway Group and Youth Council. To amplify the voices of lived experience, some quotes — both anonymous and attributed — are included throughout the document.
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