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

Resources from Trusted Partners

World Health Organization (WHO)

Latest:  Doing what matters in times of stress: an illustrated guide

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.who.int/publications-detail/mental-health-and-psychosocial-considerations-during-the-covid-19-outbreak

 

Coping with stress during COVID-19

Arabic

Chinese

English

French

Russian

Spanish

 

Helping children cope with stress during COVID-19

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf

 

Social stigma associated with COVID-19

Click here (Powerpoint presentation)

 

Social media cards

For sharing on your social media channels

 

For questions about additional translations in the pipeline of these materials, or for translation requests, please contact Grazia Motturi at motturig@who.int

 

Social Media Live Q and A Interview with WHO on coping with stressors related to COVID-19

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1237372330696798208?s=20

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WHO/videos/819204905251053/

 

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)

https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/other/interim-briefing-note-addressing-mental-health-and-psychosocial-aspects-covid-19-outbreak

Translations of this document and information about translations in the pipeline can be found at the above link. For further information about translations of this document, please contact Maya Bachet at Maya.bachet@warchild.nl

 

Supplementary orientation slides

 

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


Additional Mental Health Resources related to COVID-19 relevant to GCPN Members


Updated Information from the World Health Organization about COVID-19

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee

My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19 (available in more than 75 languages)

https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/my-hero-you

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.

https://www.europsy.net/covid-19-resource-centre/

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 Directors of Residential Care Facilities (English)

Information for Clients in Social Care Homes (English)

Information for Directors of Residential Care Facilities (Russian)

Information for Clients in Social Care Homes (Russian)

Information for Directors of Residential Care Facilities (Ukrainian)

Information for Clients in Social Care Homes (Ukrainian)

Information for Directors of Outpatient Care (Ukrainian)

www.covidandmentalhealth.eu

World Economic Forum (WEF)

Managing mental health during coronavirus - people around the world share insights from the World Economic Forum

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/covid19-coronavirus-mental-health-expert-insights/

Johns Hopkins University

Coronavirus COVID-19 global cases mapPublic Health On Call COVID-19 podcasts 

COVID-19 experts Twitter

The Lancet

COVID-19 Scientific Resource Centre

Article: The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence

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:

https://www.unitedgmh.org/news/newwebinarseriescovid19

Elsevier

Novel Coronavirus Information Centre (English)

Centre d’information sur le nouveau coronavirus (Francais)

Mind Specialists

COVID-19 and Mental Health (Resources by Mind Specialists)

A range of resources from Mind Specialists including the following:

  1. Social Media and Website Links (English and Hindi)

  2. Videos on Mental Health & COVID-19 (English)

  3. Videos on Mental Health & COVID-19 (Hindi)

Resources from WPA Sections, Standing Commitees & Working Groups

Standing Committee on Ethics and Review

WPA Position Statement on Psychiatry and the COVID-19 Pandemic

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. 

Special Issue: COVID-19

Section on Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Mental Health of Healthcare Personnel during Quarantine for Infectious Epidemic--Real-time Data

Section on Suicidology

Suicide Prevention During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Evidence-Based Recommendations 2020

Превенция суицидов во время и после пандемии COVID-19 (Рекомендации, основанные на доказательствах)

Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry

COVID-19 and Mental Health (Resources by Mind Specialists)

Contributions from WPA 2021-23 Action Plan Working Groups 

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

Arabic

Bangla

Chinese

Dutch

English

German

Hindi

Italian

Russian/ Belarusian

Taiwanese

Urdu

Public Mental Health Briefing on COVID-19 - Prepared by Public Mental Health Working Group

Addressing the public mental health challenge of COVID-19 - Article published online Lancet Psychiatry 2020 

Resources organised by Country and Region of Origin

Africa

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.  

 

Recommendations on the psychosocial response to COVID-19

Argentina (Asociación de Psiquiatras Argentinos)

 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 

Comunicación DURANTE LA PANDEMIA COVID-19 (Espanol)

Australia (Various Sources)

A selection of COVID-19 Mental Health support information and resources

https://www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/support-for-those-impacted-by-adverse-events/mental-health-support-for-covid-19

https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/coronavirus-covid-19/

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.

https://www.ranzcp.org/news-policy/covid-19-information-hub 

Brazil (Various Sources)

Protocolo Transdiagnóstico para Tratamento de Sintomas de Ansiedade, Depressão, Irritabilidade, Estresse e Esgotamento Emocional

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:

Manual Telepsicoeducação com vídeos

Manual Telepsicoeducação sem vídeos

Manual Telepsicoterapia Cognitivo-Comportamental

Manual Telepsicoterapia Interpessoal

Roteiro Vídeos

Canada (Various Sources)

 

Mental Health Commission of Canada COVID-19 resources:

https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/mhcc-covid-19-resources

 

Centres for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH):

https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

 

Anxiety Canada (charity, with coping resources):

https://www.anxietycanada.com/

Complete Mental Health Guide During COVID-19 Pandemic

https://peak-resilience.com/blog/2020/3/15/covid-19-amp-your-mental-health-a-comprehensive-resource-guide

Recommendations for Toronto Region Inpatient Psychiatric Units 

China

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.

http://rs.yiigle.com/yufabiao/1188724.htm (English)

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:

Recommendations of the Croatian Psychiatric Association for the organisation of psychiatric care during COVID-19 (English)

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic - Self-help Strategies to Stay in Good Mental Health (English)

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic and Psychological First Aid - Recommendations for First- liners (English)

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.

https://sip.sphweb.fr/2020/03/27/pas-le-coronavirus-album-bd-diffuse-par-la-sip/

English example

Voici le lien pour le PDF et EPUB ( E-book), téléchargement gratuit

 Point Info-partage dispositifs de soutien médico-psychologiques mis en place dans le cadre de la crise sanitaire COVID-19

Recommandations applicables à l’organisation des prises en charge en ambulatoire dans les services de psychiatrie et les établissements sanitaires autorisés en psychiatrie

Tous Solidaires Contre L'epidemie Du COVID-19

Effets psychologiques de la quarantaine pendant l'épidémie de coronavirus : Ce que les soignants doivent savoir

RESSOURCES COVID19 GESTION DES EXPÉRIENCES HALLUCINATOIRES

Préserver le bien-être des soignants pendant l’épidémie de Coronavirus

Que dire aux enfants à propos du Coronavirus (COVID 19) ?

RECOMMANDATIONS FFP SUR LES MODALITÉS D’ACCUEIL DANS LES STRUCTURES AMBULATOIRES EN PSYCHIATRIE DE L’ADULTE PENDANT LA PÉRIODE DE DECONFINEMENT PROVISOIRE

 

RECOMMANDATIONS FFP SUR DES MESURES DE DECONFINEMENT PROVISOIRE EN PSYCHIATRIE

Réponses rapides dans le cadre du COVID-19 - Prise en charge des patients souffrant de pathologies psychiatriques en situation de confinement à leur domicile

E-book: From Confinement to Deconfinement: New Perspectives in Child Psychiatry 

This e-book is open access (free of charge) and deals with the mental health consequences of the lockdown and of the reopening on children and adolescents.  It also discusses the way to address these consequences.

Available in  both English and Française

Germany

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.

Greece

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.

Social Stigma associated with COVID-19 

Taking Care of your Behavioural Health 

Caring for Patients' Mental Health

Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking care of ourselves

COVID-19 for Providers:  Helping People Manage Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak 

Psychological Effects of Quarantine: Leaders

Psychological Effects of Quarantine: Health Professionals

Helping  Homebound Children during Coronavirus 

Leaders Guide to Risk Communication in the Face of Coronavirus and Other Emerging Public Health Threats 

Taking Care of Patients During the Coronavirus Outbreak:  A Guide for Psychiatrists 

Parents and Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the COVID-19 

Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health

Managing Anxiety and Stress during Coronavirus

Reducing Stigma

Telepsychiatry restrictions and COVID-19

Sustaining the Well-Being of Healthcare Personnel during Coronavirus and other Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Hong Kong (The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists)

Mental wellbeing tips for healthcare workers of COVID-19 patients (Chinese/中文)

Prevention of infectious outbreaks in mental health services (Chinese/中文)

National guideline on mental health interventions for current crises in China (Chinese/中文)

 

  • 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.  ​

India

 

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:

Indian Psychiatric Society Fights COVID-19: An official report

Positive Mental Health for Healthcare Providers

Mental Health Challenges During COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance for Psychiatrists

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

Mind Specialists

COVID-19 and Mental Health (Resources by Mind Specialists)

A range of resources including the following:

  1. Social Media and Website Links (English and Hindi)

  2. Videos on Mental Health & COVID-19 (English)

  3. Videos on Mental Health & COVID-19 (Hindi)

Italy

Italian Psychiatric Association

Recommendations for mental health departments regarding activities and measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental Health Recommendations (PDF)

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)

Mental Health in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Emergency: The Italian Response (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

Japan

Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology || Information on COVID-19 

https://www.jspn.or.jp/modules/advocacy/index.php?content_id=78

 

“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".

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1111/(ISSN)1440-1819.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

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/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
https://ssrn.com/abstract=3569887


Dahl, Eilif.

"Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on the cruise ship Diamond Princess." International Maritime Health 71.1 (2020): 5-8.
https://doi.org/10.5603/MH.2020.0003


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.

https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2020.50

 

 

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".

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1111/(ISSN)1440-1819.mental-health-issues-associated-with-COVID-19-outbreak

Kazakhstan

An interactive site providing COVID-19 resources in Russian and Kazakh languages

https://covid-19.mentalcenter.kz/ru/

Nepal

Staying Mental Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Combating Stress for Healthcare Workers during COVID-19 Outbreak

Mental Health Hotline Numbers

Qatar

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Women during Pregnancy and Postpartum during COVID-19 (English)

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Women during Pregnancy and Postpartum during COVID-19 (Arabic)

Russia

Russian Society of Psychiatrists (RSP) has its own original articles and recommendations. Below are links to the corresponding sections of the RSP website:

https://psychiatr.ru/tags/CoViD-19

https://psychiatr.ru/news/1102

Slovakia

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.

Štandardný postup pre poskytovanie zdravotnej starostlivosti v psychiatrickej ambulancii pre dospelých počas pandémie COVID-19 

Management of in-patient and out-patient mental health services during COVID-19 pandemic in Slovakia

Turkey

Articles Published Online by The Psychiatric Association of Turkey in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

United Kingdom

Royal College of Psychiatrists || Guidance for Clinicians

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/about-us/responding-to-covid-19/responding-to-covid-19-guidance-for-clinicians

Kings College London || Mental Health and Social Change in the Time of COVID-19

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/mental-health-and-social-change-in-the-time-of-covid-19

BBC News Article || Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51873799

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

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

USA 

The American Psychiatric Association: Coronavirus Resources 

https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/covid-19-coronavirus?utm_source=Internal-Link&utm_medium=Side-Hero&utm_campaign=Covid-19

The National Alliance on Mental Illness

COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

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: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.htm

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