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COVID-19 Resources

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a global public health challenge, which is the source of great stress and anxiety for individuals and communities around the world. Below are select resources from ISTSS affiliates, partner organizations and other related health organizations.

For Mental Health Professionals

For Healthcare Workers

For Parents and Caregivers

For Businesses and Community Leaders

For Anyone

ISTSS Affiliate and Partner Resources

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For Mental Health Professionals

Resilience 

Resilience and Recovery in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Journal of Traumatic Stress Virtual Special Issue

Resilience in Perilous Times: Pathways to the Future
Session recording from the ISTSS 35th Annual Meeting

Assessment 

ISTSS COVID-19 Assessment Repository
A catalogue of measures used to assess trauma and other related reactions to COVID-19

UCLA Brief COVID-19 Screen for Child/Adolescent PTSD
A screening tool designed for use by professionals across a range of child-serving systems, available in English and Spanish

Treatment

View telehealth resources on our Treatment Materials page. 

Helping Patients Concerned about Coronavirus: A Guide for Psychiatrists
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress​

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For Healthcare Workers

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff (ISTSS Webinar)

Frontline healthcare staff are facing unprecedented stressors as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. The Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff (TECHS) is a set of concrete tools healthcare staff can use during these challenging times. This webinar also provides guidance and practical tips for supporting colleagues, as well as a stand-alone presentation of the toolkit that can be viewed by groups or individuals as a basis for working through the tools on their own.

Presenters:

  • Julia Price, PhD, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, Nemours Children’s Health System

Presentation Slides 

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More Emotional Coping Resources for Healthcare Workers

Addressing the Psychological and Emotional Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Children, Families and Healthcare Staff
Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

How Healthcare Personnel Can Take Care of Themselves
Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

Managing Health Care Workers' Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak 
National Center for PTSD

Well-Being in the Chaotic Context of Disasters
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare​
Webinar slides on managing healthcare workers’ stress, with information on Stress First Aid Self Care.

Supporting Patients

How Clinicians and Other Healthcare Personnel Can Help Concerned Patients
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

Supporting Patients During Quarantine or Isolation
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress​

Supporting Patients' Families

Notifying Family Members After Unexpected Deaths 
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

Supporting Military Families 
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

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For Parents and Caregivers

Supporting Homebound Children
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress​

Taking Care of Your Family
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress​

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network​

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

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For Businesses and Community Leaders

For Businesses

Critical Elements for Business Planning
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress​

Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
World Health Organization​
This resource provides information for businesses and employers on how they can play a role in preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace, what employers should consider when it comes to employee travel, and what to do if the community becomes affected. 

For Community Leaders

Health Risk and Crisis Communication to Enhance Community Wellness
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress​

Mental Health and Behavioral Guidelines in Preparedness and Response
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress​

Sustaining Patient Well-Being During Quarantine or Confinement
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress​

Helping People Manage Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
National Center for PTSD​
Five key principles for health care providers, community leaders and others concerned with the psychological welfare of the public.

Briefing Note on Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak
World Health Organization
This resource provides summaries of key mental health and psychosocial support considerations in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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For Anyone

Helplines Related to COVID-19 and Mental Health
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Social Distancing

Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe
American Psychological Association
With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, psychologists offer insights on how to separate yourself from others, while still getting the social support you need.

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Media Coverage

Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
American Psychological Association
Tips to help you manage anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook.

Seven Crucial Research Findings That Can Help People Deal with COVID-19
American Psychological Association
​Psychological research on past crises can help people cope with the daily — sometimes hourly — news flashes about the coronavirus.

Stigma

Coronavirus Threat Escalates Fears—and Bigotry
American Psychological Association
Psychologists look to their research to help quell anxiety about a possible pandemic.

COVID-19 and Stigma
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Addressing Stigma Associated with COVID-19
World Health Organization​

Managing Stress and Anxiety

Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
American Psychiatric Association

Managing Anxiety Related to COVID-19
Medical University of South Carolina​

Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
National Center for PTSD​
Practical steps you can take to deal with stress reactions.

Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety
American Psychological Association
In this podcast episode, psychologist Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, explains why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined.

Stress First Aid Self Care
National Center for PTSD

Take Care of Yourself
National Child Traumatic Stress Network​

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ISTSS Affiliate and Partner Resources

ESTSS Statement on COVID-19
European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)​

Global COVID-19-Related Traumatic Stress Activities
Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress​

Guidelines on Psychosocial Care for Infectious Disease Management
Korean Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Public Responses to the Novel 2019 Coronavirus (2019‐nCoV) in Japan: Mental Health Consequences and Target Populations
Japanese Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (JSTSS)

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