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.
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- Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During the COVID-19 Outbreak: This National Academy of Medicine website includes a range of resources for supporting clinician health and well-being during COVID-19, including resources from federal agencies and national trade organizations.
- Resources to Support Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak: This website, from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Psychiatry, provides resources for providers, caregivers, and families on emotional well-being and coping during COVID-19, including specific resources for older adults and low-income groups of individuals.
Resources For All Health Care Providers
- ACEs Aware Webinar: Trauma-Informed Practices to Address Stress Related to COVID-19: This recorded webinar from the California ACEs Aware Initiative describes trauma-informed practices for providers to care for themselves, their teams, and the individuals they serve.
- Stress and Coping: This Centers for Disease Control (CDC) webpage on stress and coping during the COVID-19 outbreak includes specific tips for providers and additional resources.
- Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: This blog from the American Psychiatric Association describes challenges that health care workers face during major infectious disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19, and provides recommendations for supporting mental health.
- Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis for Health Care Providers Webinar Series: This 8-week series of webinars, from the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, features mental health and emotional wellness experts showing how health care providers can reduce personal stress during the COVID-19 outbreak. The series runs from April 2 – May 28, and archived recordings of past webinars are also available.
- Fight COVID-19 with Better Sleep Health: A Guide for Hospital Workers: This guide from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress describes strategies hospital workers can use to maintain sleep health during times of stress; strategies may also be relevant to other providers.
- Managing Stress and Self-Care during COVID-19: Information for Nurses: This easy-to-read webpage from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association provides specific tips for identifying and managing stress for nurses; strategies may also be relevant for other health care providers.
- Self-Care Advice for Health Care Providers during COVID-19: This American Psychological Association article provides a brief list of concrete strategies for providers for managing stress.
- Supporting Families of Healthcare Workers Exposed to COVID-19: This brief resource from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress describes strategies to support families of healthcare workers to address increased stress, concern, and interruptions in daily lives.
- Sustaining the Well-Being of Healthcare Personnel During Coronavirus and Other Infectious Disease Outbreaks: This brief resource from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress describes the extreme stress, uncertainty, and demand providers face during global pandemics, and suggests strategies for self-care.
Resources For Emergency And Disaster Responders
- Emergency Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself: These tips from the CDC describe stress prevention, signs of burnout and secondary traumatic stress, strategies for getting support from team members, and self-care techniques.
- SAMHSA Tip Sheet for Disaster Responders Preventing and Managing Stress: This SAMHSA tip sheet provides tips to help disaster response workers prevent and manage stress. It includes strategies to help responders take stress-reducing precautions and manage stress in the recovery phase.
- SAMHSA Tip Sheet for Disaster Responders: Understanding Compassion Fatigue: This SAMHSA tip sheet explains the causes and signs of compassion fatigue, which is the burnout and secondary trauma disaster response workers can experience. It offers self-care tips for coping, and discusses compassion satisfaction as a protective tool.
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 Ready: This 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.