Caring for Your Mental Health Despite the Coronavirus

A virus that has spread across the globe, coupled with breaking news accessible to us at any time, has made many of us worried. It can be hard to stay calm when there is fear and unease in the media, stories of self-quarantines, and shortages of sanitizing products. Many people are feeling anxious, even if they rarely experience anxiety.

Mental Health and Behavioral Guidelines for Preparedness and Response to Coronavirus and other Emerging Infectious Outbreaks

Several global infectious disease outbreaks, such as Coronavirus (COVID-19), can help inform psychological and behavioral responses to these events as well as appropriate interventions. Since the highly lethal pandemic outbreak of influenza in 1918, there have been few global threats from infectious agents. SARS outbreaks in Asia and Canada, as well as H1N1, MERS, Ebola virus and Zika virus have provided important lessons to inform preparedness and response.

Mental Health and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Perspective piece by DR. Betty Pfefferbaum on mental health and the coronavirus pandemic.

Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health & Well-Being

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting new and unique major challenges. We are navigating unchartered waters with this virus making it important to find new ways to work and interact while also taking care of our mental health and well-being. Many are teleworking full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends and family. Our daily living routines are disrupted causing added anxiety, stress and strain physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for this disruption and uncertainty to lead to anxiety and stress. Now more than ever, we all must take care of our mental health and well-being. As we protect ourselves against potential exposure to the Coronavirus, keep in mind that social distancing does not mean social isolation. This resource provides practical tips on taking care of our mental health and well-being.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During the COVID-19 Outbreak

WHO and public health authorities around the world are acting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress throughout the population. The considerations presented in this document have been developed by the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as a series of messages that can be used in communications to support mental and psychosocial well-being in different target groups during the outbreak.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: Activity Workbook Just for Kids

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Caring for Patients’ Mental Well-Being During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Guide for Clinicians

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the potential for rapid and far-reaching spread of new infectious diseases is a growing threat. Especially in the early stages of an emerging infectious disease outbreak such as Coronavirus (COVID-19), there is frequently a great deal of uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its spread, and its scope and impact. This may lead to significant and understandable emotional distress, even among those who have not been, and don’t know if they will be, directly exposed to the disease. During emerging infectious disease outbreaks, both medical and mental health clinicians are likely to encounter patients who are experiencing various levels of emotional distress about the outbreak and its impact on them, their families, and their communities. Providers should acknowledge uncertainty about emerging diseases and help patients understand that there is often an emotional component to potential health concerns. In addition, providers should consider the following recommendations for promoting patients’ mental wellbeing during emerging infectious disease outbreaks:

Coronavirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks: How Healthcare Personnel Can Support Military Families and their Health

Public health emergencies, such as Coronavirus (COVID-19) and others involving a global pandemic, create numerous opportunities and challenges around public health communication, preparedness, and response. Healthcare personnel play a significant role in medical intervention (disease surveillance, identification, and treatment) and in influencing patient behaviors for protecting individual, family, and public health. This can be in the form of education about basic hygiene such as hand-washing and cough etiquette to more complex disaster behaviors such as shelterin- place or evacuation. Public health emergencies such as COVID-19 always involve issues of homeland security and defense. Because our military plays a central role in our national security, their health and the health of their families and children is very important.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings

Guidance Highlights for Events and Mass Gatherings

COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 600 state organizations and affiliates across the nation.

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