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 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. We encourage you to bookmark it and check back regularly.
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
World Economic Forum (WEF)
Managing mental health during coronavirus - people around the world share insights from the World Economic Forum
Johns Hopkins University
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
News Releases from RANZCP
Canada (Various Sources)
Complete Mental Health Guide During COVID-19 Pandemic
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.
Royal College of Psychiatrists: Guidance for Clinicians
BBC News Article || Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
USA (The American Psychiatric Association)
APA Coronavirus Resources