Resources for Providers, Health Care Leaders, and Caregivers for Emotional Support, Coping, and Managing Stress during COVID-19

The COVID-19 public health emergency changes rapidly. We are sharing selected resources that may be helpful to supporting provider health and emotional support during and after responding to the crisis. This list of resources is intended to provide information; the content does not represent the official views of Resources for Integrated Care or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This list does not constitute endorsement for one organization over another or indicate support for opinions expressed by the organizations.

For the latest information about COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and answers to common questions, please visit Coronavirus.gov.

Resource Pages

Resources For All Health Care Providers

Resources for Emergency and Disaster Responders

Resources For Health Care Leadership, Organizations, And Care Teams

  • Building Organizational Resilience in the Face of COVID-19: This resource from the National Council for Behavioral Health provides guidance for health care leaders for understanding COVID-19-related stress through a trauma lens and building organizational resilience.
  • Caring for our caregivers during COVID-19: This American Medical Association webpage contains resources for health systems and health care organizations to create and ensure an infrastructure and resources to support physicians, nurses, and care team members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Fact Sheet on the Buddy System: This brief fact sheet from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (part of the CDC) describes the buddy system, an approach to provide support, monitor stress, and reinforce safety procedures during infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Palliative Care Team Health and Resiliency During the COVID-19 Pandemic: This webpage from the Center to Advance Palliative Care outlines proactive steps palliative care teams can take to promote wellness during COVID-19.

Resources For Caregivers

  • Coronavirus: Coping and Maintaining Your Well-Being: These weekly town halls from AARP address questions related to COVID-19, including ways to reduce social isolation and managing stress and anxiety. Speakers include federal government leaders and national experts.
  • Getting your Home ReadyThis guidance from the CDC provides information on creating a household plan for the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Institute on Aging Friendship Line (800-971-0016): Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is a crisis line for people aged 60 years and older and adults living with disabilities. Trained staff provide emotional support, grief support, active suicide intervention, and information and referrals. Staff also make on-going outreach calls to older adults experiencing loneliness.
  • Relaxation Exercises to Reduce Stress for Caregivers: This series from the Family Caregiver Alliance includes brief (3-12 minute) instructional videos for caregivers on relaxation techniques for coping with stress.
  • Stress and Coping: This webpage from the CDC includes information on stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, strategies for coping, and additional resources.
  • Taking Care of You: Self-Care for Family Caregivers: This Family Caregiver Alliance resource describes strategies for self-care for family caregivers.
  • Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak: This tip sheet from SAMHSA describes ways that caregivers and others can support themselves during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation, and explains the range of feelings one can expect during such circumstances.