Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mental Health Resources
As psychiatrists and mental health professionals, we know it is not only the physical effects of COVID-19 that are detrimental for society, but also the mental health effects. As well as supporting people with mental ill health, supporting everybody’s mental health is key.
Below you will find a number of trusted sources and resources in a variety of languages to help guide your response to the mental health challenges our communities are faced with as we deal with COVID-19.
We know people are looking for the best available information while having to act in the face of uncertainty and our goal is to build a library of information that will be helpful to you as we navigate this together. We invite you to share with us any updates, tools, tips and resources you might have and we will add them here.
This page will be updated as we receive more and new information. You can submit any resources developed by your own organisation here. We encourage you to bookmark this page and check back regularly.
Resources from Trusted Partners
World Health Organization (WHO)
Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak
Coping with stress during COVID-19
Helping children cope with stress during COVID-19
Social stigma associated with COVID-19
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Social Media Live Q and A Interview with WHO on coping with stressors related to COVID-19
IASC Interim Briefing Note Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial (MHPSS) aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (developed by the IASC’s Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, which is co-chaired by WHO)
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Information note on inclusion of COVID-19 MHPSS activities in humanitarian and country response plans
Managing Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources from the WHO
WHO guidance on "Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak" as part of risk communication and community engagement technical guidance for COVID-19 response.
Additional Mental Health Resources related to COVID-19 relevant to GCPN Members
United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support: Briefing Note on Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19
International Council of Nurses: Press release on mental health and psychosocial support for clinicians during COVID-19.
Updated Information from the World Health Organization about COVID-19
COVID-19 general website with country and technical guidance, tips to protect yourself, trainings on COVID-19 preparedness, travel advice, and more
Strategic preparedness and response plan for COVID-19 to support national preparedness and response to the epidemic
COVID-19 course series for health professionals on responding to COVID-19
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee
My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19 (available in more than 75 languages)
European Psychiatric Association (EPA)
This page contains links to high-quality, and mostly pan-European, COVID-19 resources for both health professionals and the general public.
Human Rights in Mental Health – Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (FGIP)
FGIP has developed a number of instruction sheets for management of mental health as related to COVID-19
Information for Clients in Social Care Homes (Ukrainian)
Information for Directors of Outpatient Care (Ukrainian)
World Economic Forum (WEF)
Managing mental health during coronavirus - people around the world share insights from the World Economic Forum
Johns Hopkins University
Collaborative Initiatives (Webinar Series)
The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, MHPSS.net and United for Global Mental Health are launching a series of weekly webinars designed to provide policy makers and the wider health community with the latest evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and how to address it. Use the link below to see the upcoming program:
Resources from WPA Sections, Standing Commitees & Working Groups
Standing Committee on Ethics and Review
Early Career Psychiatrists Section
An initiative of Editor, Tando Melapi, this Special Issue Newsletter from WPA's ECP Section includes contributions from numerous early career psychiatrists across the globe, sharing their experiences of living and working during this pandemic.
Section on Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Section on Suicidology
Contributions from WPA 2021-23 Action Plan working group
Advice for managing the COVID-19 outbreak and the associated factors of mental distress for people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder with high and very high support needs
Article published online Lancet Psychiatry 2020 - Addressing the public mental health challenge of COVID-19
Resources organised by Country and Region of Origin
The Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation (AMHRTF) is working with other organisations to develop recommendations for Parliament on the psychosocial response to the COVID-19.
Argentina (Asociación de Psiquiatras Argentinos)
The main source of information should always be the National Sanitary Authority, in our case, the National Ministry of Health. Other sources are less reliable in the middle of a sanitary crisis.
There are two basic aspects in the management of a Pandemic like this. The first one being the epidemic technical handling, and the second one being the mass communication side. In the latter aspect, the role of psychiatrists is essential in building a message that generates awareness instead of generalised fear. The choice of the right words and metaphors is one of the most delicate tasks at the moment.
It is urgent to bring back the ability to think, that is, to carry out a critical analysis of the information received. Serenity is needed to achieve this. Serenity to think, responsibility to take care of all of us.
The main goal of restrictive measures is to isolate the virus, but not the population subjectivity. We need to encourage solidarity. Measures of due care are thought to take care of all, not to leave aside or discriminate.
It is essential to help people to understand the temporal dimension of crisis. It is not the end of the world, but a critical situation with a beginning and an end.
As physicians, we need to ensure that our public words are help to understand basic sanitary concepts. At the same time, we should keep in mind that coronavirus is not the only sanitary problem worldwide, just the most urgent in this context.
We also need to inform that in this situation ER Services should not be collapsed, any given telephone numbers should be used for a preliminary triage.
Australia (Various Sources)
A selection of COVID-19 Mental Health support information and resources
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
This page provides regularly updated information about the RANZCP response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to check this page as the situation changes.
Brazil (Various Sources)
The following training materials for psychologists and psychiatrists to attend COVID-19 stress-related disorders were prepared by the Brazilian scientific community including Brazil's main universities as well as key players in Brazilian Psychiatry's academic community. Included are manuals for low symptomatic individuals (psychoeducation protocols with and without video support) and for highly symptomatic individuals (brief cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy 4-session manuals). While the referenced videos are not included here, they are easily accessed at the following website: https://sites.google.com/hcpa.edu.br/telepsi
The following documents are in Portuguese:
Canada (Various Sources)
Mental Health Commission of Canada COVID-19 resources:
Centres for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH):
Anxiety Canada (charity, with coping resources):
Complete Mental Health Guide During COVID-19 Pandemic
Chinese Society of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Hospital Branch of Chinese Hospital Association, Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, Society of Mental Health, Chinese Psychiatrist Association, Chinese Society of Neuroscience & Psychiatry.
Expert recommendations on managing pathway and coping strategies for patients with mental disorders during prevention and control of the outbreak of a serious infectious disease (COVID-19) published in Chinese Journal of Psychiatry.
Croatia (Croatian Psychiatric Association)
The Croatian Psychiatric Association (CPA) has issued a number of guidance papers on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and has also translated a number of key English language documents into Croatian for its members. The documents may be found in Croatian language here: http://www.psihijatrija.hr/site/?p=3835
In addition, the CPA has also kindly translated some of its own key papers into English to assist a broader audience:
France (La Societe De L'information Pscyhiatrique )
"Not the Coronavirus" - a resource for children developed by La Societe De L'information Pscyhiatrique.
The link provided below will take you to a library of documents designed to be read on smartphones, tablets or computers. The resources have been created to support parents and their children in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic. The documents are available for download in French, English, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Armenian. An Arabic version is in progress.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (DGPPN) has released a guidance paper for psychiatric and psychotherapeutic care during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains suggestions for general measures of hygiene, management of hospital admission, organisation of hospital wards and therapies, management of hospital discharge as well as for ambulant care. It has furthermore set up a contact form for questions regarding mental health care during the pandemic. Furthermore, DGPPN has given an overview of e-mental-health and other media-based tools that are helpful for providing mental health care during the pandemic and also of current studies that focus on mental health during the pandemic. Moreover, DGPPN has listed tips for maintaining mental health during the pandemic and. It contains suggestions on how to avoid stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms and remain resilient. Apart from that DGPPN has been widely engaged in lobby activities and representation of interests of mental health patients, workers, and institutions towards the government.Further information can be found on our website.
Please find below Greek translations of mental health and COVID-19 documents produced by the APA, CDC and other related agencies. The source of the original file is listed on the bottom of each document.
All documents were translated on behalf of the Greek Medical Association.
Hong Kong (The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists)
We have seen the panic that has ensued across the globe over the supply of daily amenities and disinfectant products. Many people are being asked to “self-isolate” and “quarantine” increasing the likelihood of feelings of anxiety and isolation.
Mental health issues can also lead to increased risks of infection due to failure to identify symptoms of COVID-19 early and seek proper assessment and care. They can reduce or bias a person’s awareness about public health advice on prevention of COVID-19.
Mental health facilities are high-risk areas of cross-infection where there is limited vigilance by staff working in mental health facilities, and a lack of personal protective equipment.
Patients and carers suffering from COVID-19, people under quarantine arrangements, and healthcare workers caring for the above groups are vulnerable groups for mental health problems. They need active support in enhancing their mental health resilience, enhancing access to assessment and possibly interventions utilising the telephone or/and internet technology.
Practical tips on enhancing mental health resilience will be valuable for the purpose.
Indian Psychiatric Society
A report on the work of the Indian Psychiatric Society and how it is playing a proactive role in the management of mental health issues in India. The document outlines some of its many activities in this regard:
National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
Mental Health in the times of COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance for General Medical and Specialised Mental Health Care Settings
Italian Psychiatric Association
Recommendations for mental health departments regarding activities and measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Italian Society for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Advice on managing mental distress in people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF in English)
(Reprinted here with the kind permission of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association)
www.covidfeelgood.com web site: offering an easy weekly VR protocol to reduce the psychological burden of the Coronavirus: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/CYBER.2020.29183.gri
Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology || Information on COVID-19
“Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences”, the official journal of the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology has just published a virtual issue on “Mental health issues associated with COVID-19 outbreak".
Shigemura J, Ursano RJ, Morganstein JC, Kurosawa M, Benedek DM.
Public responses to the novel 2019 coronavirus (2019‐nCoV) in Japan: Mental health consequences and target populations
Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2020 Feb 8. doi: 10.1111/pcn.12988
Sasaki, Natsu and Kuroda, Reiko and Tsuno, Kanami and Kawakami,Norito,
Fear, Worry and Workplace Harassment Related to the COVID-19 Epidemic Among Employees in Japan: Prevalence and Impact on Mental and
Physical Health (4/2/2020). Available at SSRN: Lancet
"Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on the cruise ship Diamond Princess." International Maritime Health 71.1 (2020): 5-8.
Nakazawa, Eisuke, Hiroyasu Ino, and Akira Akabayashi. "Chronology of COVID-19 cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and ethical
considerations: a report from Japan." Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (2020): 1-27.
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences of Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology has just published a virtual issue on “Mental health issues associated with COVID-19 outbreak".
Russian Society of Psychiatrists (RSP) has its own original articles and recommendations. Below are links to the corresponding sections of the RSP website:
Hospital psychiatric care: https://www.standardnepostupy.sk/postupy-pre-nemocnice/ (at website of Ministry of Health: only in Slovak language: Štandardný postup pre poskytovanie psychiatrickej zdravotnej starostlivosti v ústavných zariadeniach počas pandémie COVID-19)
http://standardnepostupy.sk/_files/200000480-5f24c5f24e/Štandardný%20postup%20pre%20poskytovanie%20ústavnej%20psychiatrickej%20starostlivosti%20počas%20pandémie%20COVID%20dňa%203.5.2020.pdf (website of Slovak psychiatric association).
Out-patient psychiatric care: https://www.standardnepostupy.sk/postupy-pre-ambulancie/ (website of Ministry of Health: only in Slovak language: Štandardný postup pre poskytovanie zdravotnej starostlivosti v psychiatrickej ambulancii pre dospelých počas pandémie COVID-19)
https://standardnepostupy.sk/_files/200000481-b2303b2309/Štandardný%20postup%20pre%20poskytovanie%20zdravotnej%20starostlivosti%20v%20psychiatrickej%20ambulancii%20pre%20dospelých%20počas%20pandémie%20COVID%20-%20verzia%202%20dňa%203.5.2020.pdf (website of Slovak psychiatric association).
Psychosocialna podpora pandemia - document providing information about psychosocial support for medical staff in COVID-19 pandemic – prepared by Slovak psychiatric association and is placed at: http://www.psychiatry.sk.
Royal College of Psychiatrists || Guidance for Clinicians
Kings College London || Mental Health and Social Change in the Time of COVID-19
BBC News Article || Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
Mind (UK non-profit): useful 'Take care of your mental health and well being' section including managing hand washing and anxiety, daily activities and anxiety more generally
The American Psychiatric Association: Coronavirus Resources
The National Alliance on Mental Illness
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Managing stress and anxiety: ways of supporting others and taking care of yourself, including healthcare professionals and normalizing post-quarantine responses: