Responding to COVID-19


Public health emergencies such as COVID-19 have a significant impact on people with mental illness, their families, and caregivers; the mental health workforce; and the mental health treatment system. They also cause stress and anxiety across the population. 

Here we highlight MHTTC products and resources that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises. A compilation of resources from other reputable organizations is also available below.

If you are interested in resources related to COVID-19 and School Mental Health/Telehealth, please follow the links below to our other pages:

Responding to COVID-19 | School Mental Health

Responding to COVID-19 | Telehealth


MHTTC Upcoming Events:

 

NHL WebinarCommunicating Death and Dying to Latino Families during a Pandemic

National Hispanic & Latino MHTTC

May 27, 10-11:30am PT / 1-2:30pm ET

 

 

 

 

 

 


SE Webinar

Elevating Language through COVID-19 Part II - Creating the Elevating Message

Southeast MHTTC

May 27, 11am-12:30pm PT / 2-3:30pm ET

 

 

 

 

 

 


NW WebinarAmbiguous Loss: Grieving in the Time of COVID-19, Followed by Live Q&A Session

Northwest MHTTC

May 27, 2pm PT / 5pm ET

 

 

 

 

 

 


N&C WebinarMental Health Mutual Support Calls for Thriving at Work During COVID-19

Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC

Last session for mental health providers, register here

May 28, 9-10am PT / 12-1pm ET

 

 

 

 

 


MP WebinarReaching Rural and Frontier Communities During COVID-19

Mountain Plains MHTTC

May 28, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

 

 

 

 

 

 


ACT COVID Meet UpACT and COVID-19: Meet Up for ACT Mental Health Authorities, Funders, Trainers, and Fidelity Reviewers

Northwest MHTTC

June 2, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Meetings held every first Tuesday of the month until August

 

 

 

 

 


MP WebinarRural Primary Care Tools and Resources for Managing Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19

Mountain Plains MHTTC

June 2, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

 

 

 

 

 

 


GL Webinar

Using the Lens of Ambiguous Loss to Treat COVID-19 Pandemic Fear and Anxiety

Great Lakes MHTTC

June 12, 11am PT / 2pm ET

 

 

 

 

 

 


MHTTC Products and Resources:

 

Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Populations With Serious Mental Illness | Southeast MHTTC

Director of the Southeast MHTTC, Benjamin G. Druss, MD, MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, discusses strategies to mitigate the outcome of the COVID-19 epidemic among patients with serious mental illness in this article published online on April 3, 2020, in JAMA Psychiatry.


Best Practices for Mental Health Interpreters working with Hispanic and Latinos | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Research has shown that individual outcomes are better, program compliance is higher, and organizations decrease staff time spent and complete fewer assessments when using interpreters in health and behavioral health settings. This net effect is mutually beneficial. There is a cost-saving for organizations and equal opportunity for limited English proficient service seekers.

Discussion topics for this session include:

  • Latinx, Language Access, & COVID-19
  • The importance of trained interpreters
  • Common practices of trained interpreters
  • Strategies for working with trained and untrained interpreters
  • Considerations for mental health settings

Recording coming soon!


Building Psychological Resilience for the Public Health Workforce During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Southeast MHTTC

The COVID19 pandemic has led to a second pandemic of stress, anxiety and fear. As public health workers, your work has a unique level of stress during this time. We are best able to maintain our mental health through these difficult times if we stay aware of the effects of stress, take steps to stay mentally healthy, and maintain connections with others. This webinar will offer information on awareness, self-care and connection with others so public health workers can develop a plan for maintaining their mental health. We will discuss common issues such as coping with fear, anxiety and loss; changing work demands; navigating family relationships; and coping with an uncertain future as the pandemic continues.


Compassion Fatigue: Additional Risks while Serving Vulnerable Populations During a Pandemic | Mountain Plains MHTTC

The current pandemic has heightened concerns that providers are experiencing increased compassion fatigue. This session will raise awareness about compassion fatigue - which is the cost of caring for people who are in emotional and physical pain. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the symptoms of compassion fatigue and how unaddressed compassion fatigue can lead to burnout. Attendees will have an opportunity to assess their current level of compassion fatigue and be provided with tools and resources to build compassion satisfaction. Annotations for how the current pandemic is increasing compassion fatigue and impacting self-care strategies will be explored.

Recording coming soon!


Coping with Stress During the Pandemic | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

This one-hour online session provides information on culturally responsive coping strategies to address and reduce stress in Latino clients. The presenter addresses stressors among Latino communities as well as culturally responsive strategies to address symptoms. The presentation further discusses therapeutic interventions for Latino clients with mental health disorders whose symptoms have exacerbated during the pandemic. The presenter discusses approaches to further develop a therapeutic relationship while using telehealth platforms.

Recording coming soon!


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mental Health Resources | Mountain Plains MHTTC

The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and has developed a webpage to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across our region. Note, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration stands ready to assist in any manner possible and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.


COVID-19: Mental Health Challenges & Resilience | Southeast MHTTC

Hosted by the Southeast MHTTC, this webinar recording will review common psychological reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of this pandemic on family, friends, and collegial relationships. The importance of resilience in the face of this adversity will be underscored. Several effective coping strategies will be reviewed: taking care of self, fostering and re-inventing wellness, managing stress/anxiety, staying connected, promoting teamwork, and navigating existential concerns.


COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources: For Diverse Populations and Providers Who Support Them | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC curated a series of topical resource sheets to help you find high-quality tools and information on caring for yourself, your families, and the communities you serve. This resource sheet focuses specifically on supporting racially and ethnically diverse populations; older adults; LGBTQIA+ communities; people living with HIV; people with disabilities; immigrant and undocumented communities; and college students and young adults.


COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources: For Parents, Families, and Caregivers | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC curated a series of topical resource sheets to help you find high-quality tools and information on caring for yourself, your families, and the communities you serve. This resource sheet focuses on links to articles about family coping strategies, caring for children and other family members, and talking to children about COVID-19. It also includes family support groups and warmlines.


COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources: For Providers | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC curated a series of topical resource sheets to help you find high-quality tools and information on caring for yourself, your families, and the communities you serve. This resource sheet focuses on trainings and guidance for health care providers, mental health practitioners, and social workers. It also includes resources on the topics of telehealth, grief, COVID-19 communications, and supporting older adults.


COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources: Hotlines, Helplines, and Support Groups | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC curated a series of topical resource sheets to help you find high-quality tools and information on caring for yourself, your families, and the communities you serve. This resource sheet focuses on phone numbers for crisis hotlines, warmlines, and informational/referral helplines, including lines for specific populations (e.g., first responders, older adults, caregivers). It also includes links to online support groups.


COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources: Substance Abuse Recovery | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC curated a series of topical resource sheets to help you find high-quality tools and information on caring for yourself, your families, and the communities you serve. Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders are common. This resource sheet provides tools for substance use treatment and recovery providers, individuals in recovery, and family and friends.


COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources: Supporting Your Mental Health & Managing Your Stress and Anxiety | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC curated a series of topical resource sheets to help you find high-quality tools and information on caring for yourself, your families, and the communities you serve. This resource sheet focuses on self-care, coping strategies, and anxiety management tips that anyone can use. It also includes tools specifically for people living with a mental health condition.


COVID-19 and the Impact on Intimate Partner Violence Among Latino Communities | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

This one-hour online session provides information on how to address the impact of COVID-19 prevention efforts, shelter in place practices, and isolation for individuals who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) in Latino/Hispanic communities. The presenter describes sociocultural Latino traditions and the impact of COVID-19 shelter in place practices that may increase IPV incidents, recognize the mental health consequences of unemployment, economic hardships, the closing of schools, and general uncertainty that may result in more family conflicts and violence. Furthermore, Dr. Lopez, provides information about the identification of cultural resilience and coping strategies to address the impact of the pandemic in Latino families and ways to reduce stress and IPV. The presenter reviews Spanish bilingual and culturally adapted domestic violence prevention resources available through the internet, online technology, local and national hotlines.


Elevating Language through COVID-19 Part I - The Power of LanguageSoutheast MHTTC

The emergence of mental health as a talking point in media reports and conversations around COVID-19 has demonstrated how language can be a barrier to wellness and recovery. “Elevating Language through COVID-19” provides a 360-degree view of the language of behavioral health. In the training, we take a peer-centered look at how language is used by others to describe us, how we use language to describe ourselves, and how language can increase or decrease stigma and access to quality mental health recovery and wellness supports. In “Part One: The Power of Language,” we will look at the behavioral health language that has emerged through the COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss alternatives and opportunities. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the power of language in mental health advocacy
  • Use historical precedents to approach COVID-19 advocacy
  • Identify effective language for advocacy
  • Replace challenging language with strengths-based language
  • Use language with intent and purpose throughout COVID-19

Recording coming soon!


Five Mindful Habits for All to Increase Happiness and ConnectionNew England MHTTC

A virtual resource from the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center's Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC) designed to help families and schools cultivate mindful habits to reduce stress and anxiety and increase happiness and connection.


Great Lakes Current April 2019: Responding to COVID-19Great Lakes MHTTCGreat Lakes ATTC and Great Lakes PTTC

April 2020 issue of the Great Lakes Current, with a special focus on responding to COVID-19.  Includes links to resources and information produced by the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC, as well as the other TTC programs across the country.


Guiding the Shepherd: Mental Health of Faith-Based Leaders in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Part 1Great Lakes MHTTC

This webinar series explores how faith-based community leadership can build mental health capacity in the midst of COVID-19. It addresses the need to assist these leaders in (1) improving their general knowledge base around mental and emotional disorders and (2) removing the stigma regarding mental health issues. By incorporating a cross collaboration between faith leaders and psychiatric practitioners, the three-part series will help improve the overall well-being of African-American communities during and beyond the current pandemic.

Recording coming soon!


HHS Region 7 COVID-19 Resources | Mid-America MHTTC

This guide features practical health and education resources in HHS Region 7 states — Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska — in response to a changing health and wellness landscape resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please use these resources as you see fit or share with colleagues, patients or clients.


Implications for Latinos with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) During a PandemicNational Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

This is a basic level workshop designed for psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, graduate students, and other mental health professionals working with Latino populations. Minority groups are underrepresented in the research on coordinated specialty care (CSC). New Mexico (NM) has the highest percentage of Hispanics and Latinos (48.8%) and the second-highest percent of Native Americans (8.7%) in the U.S. Therefore, NM is in a unique position to better understand the socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of Hispanics and other minorities (H&OM) referred to and enrolled in CSC and to learn about the communities in which they live.

Recording coming soon!


Increased Risks for IPV in Latinas During the COVID-19 Pandemic National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

For Latina survivors of gender-based violence added risks may result from the current lockdown and social distancing measures. 


Introduction to Peer Support in the Era of COVID-19 | National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC

This is a recording of the webinar: Introduction to Peer Support in the Era of COVID-19, featuring Talor Gray, MPH, which took place on May 13, 2020.

In this webinar, you will learn strategies for peer support and how to make this work while social distancing.


Keeping & Building Peer Connections Through Online Peer Support | Southeast MHTTC

The next frontier of peer support services started quickly. The rapid deployment of digital media tools to provide peer support services has created a new set of ongoing technical hurdles, but when people do get past those, what do they find? This webinar will focus not on the technical how to of online peer support, but how to provide meaningful support and keep people connected within that digital space. We will explore how to move traditional in-person activities to online activities, including how to adapt, and when adaptation is not practical or possible. Participants will also learn how to use traditional and social media to engage and expand peer participation in online wellness and support activities.


Leadership in Times of Chaos | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Leadership during change is, at best, a constant learning and adapting process. It requires leaders to reflect and learn about existing challenges; find solutions collaboratively with other leaders and team members; and determine new solutions, recognizing that finding solutions is an iterative process. In times of chaos and turbulence, the work of leading through change is further buffeted by the unpredictability and severity of the challenges being confronted. At times like this, leaders need different strategies to continue to “weather the storm” and lead effectively. This session will explore these new strategies, including foresight thinking, foresight planning, and ongoing communications at all levels.


Maintaining Mental Wellness During Times of Crisis | Central East MHTTC

This Central East MHTTC co-sponsored training will equip participants with strategies for maintaining mental wellness for themselves and others during times of crisis. Concepts from within both the mental health field and faith community will be synthesized in order to provide an integrated approach to wellness.

Recording coming soon!


Managing Fears and Anxiety around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) | New England MHTTC

Managing Fears and Anxiety around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was developed by the Harvard University Health Services and provides helpful insight into common reactions and tips on ways to manage and cope.


Mental Health Providers and Vicarious Trauma During National EmergenciesNational Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

This one and half-hour online session will provide information on practical tools to increase the knowledge of mental health service providers about the implications of vicarious trauma on mental health and how to prevent it. The presenter will discuss the dimensions of vicarious trauma, the concepts of compassion fatigue and burning syndrome, the neurobiology of accompaniment in mental health professionals, individual responses and their implications at the organizational level, the post-natural events experience, strategies to face the effects of vicarious trauma.

Recording coming soon!


Mental Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers During COVID-19 | Mountain Plains MHTTC

In response to the recent pandemic (COVID-19), several national organizations and associations have shared and promoted resources to assist parents and caregivers with how to prepare the family for an outbreak, techniques to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, coping strategies for dealing with stress, and helping children cope. Developed by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, this product compiles recent toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics that have been developed by reputable sources to assist parents and caregivers during this time.


Mental Health Systems' Response to Public Health Emergencies Fact Sheet Southeast MHTTC 

Developed by the Southeast MHTTC, this fact sheet briefly covers why and how mental health facilities should prepare for public health emergencies.


Mental Health Systems' Response to Public Health Emergencies | Webinar Recording Southeast MHTTC 

Public health emergencies can provide a number of challenges for mental health facilities’ capacity to provide care to the populations they serve. Administrators and providers can take important steps to prepare for these emergencies and respond when they occur. This webinar, hosted and recorded by the Southeast MHTTC, will provide guidance on how these organizations can prepare for a public health crisis, develop continuity of operations plans, make needed service modifications, and address staffing concerns.


National ACT Virtual Meetings to Address Impact of COVID-19 | Northwest MHTTC

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a multidisciplinary, team-based model that provides intensive community-based and outreach-oriented services to people who experience the most severe and persistent mental illness. The vast majority also have a co-occurring substance use disorder and many experience comorbid medical illnesses as well as homelessness. This is a vulnerable population and their providers – ACT teams – are at elevated risk themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recording coming soon!


Provider Wellness During a Public Health Crisis | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

A public health crisis causes distress for all involved, including providers of behavioral health services. Attending to our personal well-being during this time is just as important as supporting individuals receiving services. Hosted by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, this webinar recording highlights specific tools, strategies, and resources that promote provider well-being.


Providing Culturally Relevant Crisis Services During COVID-19 (Part 1): The Morbidity of National Trust and Mental Health Disparities - Past, Present, and Future | Great Lakes MHTTC

Although COVID-19 continues to be a daily concern, large-scale epidemics are certainly not solely a 21st century issue. In this presentation, Thompson expands our focus from the world's present circumstances so we can better understand how society has responded to past health crises and the disproportionately devastating impact these events had, and continue to have, on marginalized populations as a result of prejudicial treatment and economic disadvantage. 


Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters: Assisting Community Leaders | Mountain Plains MHTTC

On March 12, 2020, the Mountain Plains MHTTC hosted a webinar where Dr. Andrew J. McLean spoke to the best practices for responding to the psychosocial impacts of disasters. This session focused on understanding the importance of risk communication to mitigate mental health problems during disasters, reviewed the phases of disaster as it pertains to mental health, and provided an overview of risk and protective factors for individuals and communities faced with disaster. In 2011, Dr. McLean received the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Psychiatry and brings this notable experience to the session.


Region 5: Supporting Behavioral Health Programs and Personnel During COVID-19 | Great Lakes MHTTC

The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in significant changes for the programs and personnel in the behavioral health care delivery system. Mental health and substance use disorder providers are at various stages of implementing these changes. To help facilitate an exchange of ideas on actions providers can implement, Genesee Community Mental Health Center CEO Danis Russell and Rosecrance President/COO Dave Gomel shared early lessons learned from their respective agencies and answered questions from participants.


Resource Guide for Mental Health Providers During COVID-19 | National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC

This is a list of resources that has been compiled (and continues to be updated) during the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC's ongoing series: Strategies of Support for Mental Health Providers - Empowering one another during times of crisis. This guide is tailored for providers who are Native and/or are working with American Indian and Alaska Native individuals.

Topics include: general resources, telemental health, resources for children/youth, upcoming relevant events, and ACF Native American COVID-19 resources.


Resources for Primary Care Providers Experiencing Stress Related to COVID-19 or Other Health Care Crises | Mid-America MHTTC

This one-pager provides an overview of resources for primary care providers experiencing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic or other health care crises.


Resources for wellness, recovery, and connection during COVID-19 | New England MHTTC

We created six infographics, one for each New England State, that summarizes key mental health resources, under several categories: "Need to connect?", "In a crisis?" and "Specialized Support." We vetted them with state contacts and will disseminate them via our website, networks, and social media.


Rewriting Stories of Grief and LossGreat Lakes MHTTC

This workshop will look at how our clients/patients can find healing in the midst of the pain and suffering associated with loss. We will examine a counseling style and tools designed to address people's losses. Those losses can be the obvious losses due to the death of a loved one, the many losses associated with drug addiction, the losses of divorce and job loss, but also those ambiguous losses (death of an ex-spouse, decline due to dementia/Alzheimer's, loss of mental health, infertility, termination of a pregnancy, etc.). The various losses and grief associated with COVID-19 will also be addressed. The workshop will put great emphasis on practical tools, tools you'll be able to use your very next day of work. The teaching style will include lecture, case studies, personal stories and sharing exercises. Many actual patient/client stories will illustrate each tool presented.

Recording coming soon!


Self-Care in Overwhelming Times | New England MHTTC

These are overwhelming times. Stress, anxiety, fear, loss, and grief – all part of ordinary life – are exponentially heightened in this time of pandemic. How do we name what we’re experiencing? How do we stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit? How do we keep gentleness and compassion alive for self and others?


Shining a Light on API Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19 | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Moving towards a trauma-informed and resilient organization involves intentional and equitable approaches to systemic and organizational change. This includes focusing on the well-being of all the adults within a system so that they can bring their whole, human selves to the important work they do to care for others. Join the Pacific Southwest MHTTC for a webinar on systems and agency leadership approaches that embrace trauma-informed care. This session will help leaders to understand the fundamentals of leading their organization towards becoming more trauma-informed and resilience-oriented. The content will blend brain science, principles for building a safe environment, and promising practices for trauma-informed systems.

Recording coming soon!


Sleep and COVID-19: The Importance of Sleep during a Pandemic and its Relationship to Mental Health | New England MHTTC

This webinar will highlight:

  • The importance of prioritizing sleep to help combat the spread of COVID19
  • The role of sleep in helping to maintain mental and physical health under current social restrictions
  • The logistics of continuing sleep research during a pandemic

Staying Connected with Peers During Physical Distancing | Southeast MHTTC

This fact sheet provides an overview of how peer support and recovery specialists can maintain a connection with their clients, even during COVID-19. The difference between "social distancing" and "physical distancing" is explained, and peers are provided with important technological and social considerations that will be helpful as they seek to continue their services during the pandemic.


Stress Management During Quarantine for Mental Health Providers Serving Latino Clients | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

Hosted by the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC, this webinar recording identifies stressors particular to the Hispanic and Latino population that can be exacerbated during quarantine as a result of infectious disease outbreaks. Also, the webinar addresses stress management tools during a stressful event such as a pandemic for mental health providers to use with their Hispanic and Latino clients. Special considerations for Latino youth mental health are also provided. Now available in Spanish!


Substance Use Disorder Services in the Days of a Pandemic: You Need a Bigger Boat  Part 1 & Part 2 | Great Lakes MHTTCGreat Lakes ATTC and Great Lakes PTTC

Providing SUD services during a pandemic requires a mix of disaster preparedness, safety precautions, telehealth, and ethics. The Great Lakes MHTTC, ATTC, and PTTC hosted this webinar series presented by Sheila Weix, MSN RN CARN. During her tenure as a leader in SUD treatment, she has been involved with emergencies related to the HIV epidemic, 9/11, and the 2008 economic collapse. She is currently applying this experience in an outpatient treatment service that includes medication-assisted treatment in rural Wisconsin during the COVID19 pandemic.


Support Strategies for Supervisors and Providers During COVID-19Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

The Northeast and Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) has been hosting mutual support calls for mental health supervisors and direct service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the document are tips and resources that supervisors have shared with us over the last few weeks to address the challenges of providing supervision during this current crisis.


Supportive Practices for Mental Health Professionals During Pandemic-Related Social Distancing | South Southwest MHTTC

Social distancing is the deliberate increasing of physical space between people to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious illness. For mental health professionals, the challenges that accompany social distancing can place significant roadblocks to daily work. This product developed by the South Southwest MHTTC, provides tips for the mental health workforce on supporting behavioral health during social distancing.


Taking Care of Yourself During a Public Health EmergencyNortheast and Caribbean MHTTC

Coping with a public health emergency can be stressful and worrisome. You may have to deal with uncertainty, concerns about your health and the health of your family and friends, a change in your routine, limited access to needed resources, and more. This resource developed by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, addresses steps you can take to care for yourself during difficult times. There are also services and supports available if you need a higher level of emotional care.


Therapeutic Interventions for Hispanic and Latino Populations with Trauma Experiences: Considerations During the Pandemic | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

This one-hour online session will focus on the identification and description of common barriers to treatment when working with traumatized Hispanics and Latinos. The presenter will provide practical treatment strategies for overcoming these barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic, strategies for effective and efficient trauma processing, and a concrete model for rapid crisis de-escalation based on a case study of a Hispanic client.

Recording coming soon!


Think Trauma and Latinos During the Nation's Pandemic EmergencyNational Hispanic and Latino MHTTC 

This one-hour online session focuses on the importance of co-developing the Training of Trainers (TOT) curriculum with the direct participation of community members. One academic institution and two non-profit organizations collaborated to co-develop a TOT about the intersection of domestic violence, trauma, and mental health among Latinx families and children. We will review the implementation of the TOT and the preliminary results, as well as for the creative ways of disseminating the TOT under the nation's COVID-19 crisis. Participants will learn about the importance of partnering with grassroots organizations to develop psychoeducational curricula and become familiar with the impact of the intersection of domestic violence, trauma, and mental health in Latinx children and families. The presenter will provide innovative ways of disseminating a TOT curriculum online.

Recording coming soon!


Tools for Behavioral Health Professionals During a Public Health Crisis | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

Developed by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, this resource addresses that a public health crisis can cause distress for all involved, including providers of behavioral health services. Attending to your personal well-being during this time is just as important as supporting the individuals you serve. Providers are encouraged to be aware of the toll that working with others in distress can have on their own mental well-being.


Trauma Informed and Resilience-Oriented Leadership During a Pandemic | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Moving towards a trauma-informed and resilient organization involves intentional and equitable approaches to systemic and organizational change. This includes focusing on the well-being of all the adults within a system so that they can bring their whole, human selves to the important work they do to care for others. Join the Pacific Southwest MHTTC for a webinar on systems and agency leadership approaches that embrace trauma-informed care. This session will help leaders to understand the fundamentals of leading their organization towards becoming more trauma-informed and resilience-oriented. The content will blend brain science, principles for building a safe environment, and promising practices for trauma-informed systems.


Understanding and Managing our Reactions to COVID-19Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

The recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted mental health providers and all who provide support and care in unanticipated ways. This webinar will provide attendees with a brief overview of how the body can react to the stress and trauma related to COVID-19. In this webinar, we will introduce several evidence-based strategies to reduce anxiety, distress, and hyperarousal. Additional resources can also be found here.


View from the Field: Providing Community Mental Health During (and After) COVID 19Southeast MHTTC

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an opportunity for major experimentation in behavioral healthcare delivery. Dr. Lori Raney will present a view of the innovations, responses and opportunities being seen nationally as the behavioral health community responds to COVID-19. She will also review some emerging lessons learned nationally over the two month time frame of significant changes in behavioral health care delivery. Dr. Raney will specifically cover behavioral health workforce issues, widespread use of telehealth to keep staff and patients safe, and considerations for administrators in a post-COVID-19 behavioral health environment.


Wellness and Self-Compassion: Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use Providers during the Pandemic | New England MHTTC

Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use Providers during the crisis created by Corvid-19 is imperative. This webinar will focus on how providers are coping and how to best support this critical segment of the workforce. Participants will learn how hopelessness, fatigue, stress, trauma, and social distancing are impacting the wellbeing of mental health and substance use practitioners. Presenters will highlight the need to practice self-compassion, holistic wellness, and self-care as essential strategies to deal with compassion fatigue, burnout. Supportive strategies and techniques to increase connection will be discussed.

Recording coming soon!


Wellbeing Through Crisis: Emotional PPE | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Times of crisis necessitate health care leaders to balance competing priorities, including patient need, staff wellbeing, and one’s own health. While it can be difficult to reflect in the midst of a crisis - like in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic - this session dedicates time to exploring strategies for improving leadership’s response in times of crisis. This session explores the Crisis Leadership Continuum (readiness, response, recovery, and renewal), highlighting health care leadership approaches and strategies integral to ensuring staff wellbeing through crisis.

Recording coming soon!


Grief, Loss, and Resilience:

All the Things We Have to Mourn Now: Six experts explain how to recognize the many new faces of grief during a pandemic

Pacific Southwest MHTTC Webinar - May 28 from 3-4:30pm PT / 6-7:30pm ET: Supporting Grieving Students: How to Be Both Grief-Sensitive and Trauma-Informed

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University Webinar - May 8 from 9-10am PT / 12-1pm ET: Promoting Resilience in Bereaved Children and Parents

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare Webinar - May 12 from 10-11am PT / 1-2pm ET: Promoting Resilience in Bereaved Children and Parents


Other Resources:

For Everyone:

Administration for Children and Families (ACF): ACF Native American COVID-19 Resources   

American Psychological Association: Grief and COVID-19: Mourning our bygone lives 

CDC: Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event 

CDC: Know the Facts About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Help Stop the Spread of Rumors 

CDC: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 

CDC: Self Care During an Emergency

SAMHSA: Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks(English)/(Spanish)  

SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During and Infectious Disease Outbreak (English)/(Spanish) 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) webpage dedicated to COVID-19 resources

 

For Behavioral Health Providers:

Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: COVID-19 Messaging Guidance Page

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center Webinar - May 14 from 11am-12pm PT / 2-3pm ET: Mental Health Self-Care: Practical Ways to Improve Your Well-Being

Mountain Plains MHTTC: Housing and Homelessness Resources: COVID-19 

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health: Supporting Survivors’ Access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Emergency

National Wraparound Implementation Center: Special Guidance Report: Managing and Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SAMHSA: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance

SAMHSA: Double Jeopardy: COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S.

SAMHSA: National Guidelines for Mental Health Crisis Care: A Best Practices Toolkit

SAMHSA: Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19

SMI Adviser: Resources on COVID-19 and Serious Mental Illness

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: COVID-19 Resource Page

Uniformed Services University - Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress: Psychological Effects of Quarantine During the Coronavirus Outbreak: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know

 

For Families and Children:

CDC: Coping After a Disaster – A Ready Wrigley activity book for children age 3-10  

CDC: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

SAMHSA: Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (English)/(Spanish)

 

For First Responders:

SAMHSA: Emergency Responders: Tips for taking care of yourself

 


SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline is standing by 24/7 to support you during the pandemic & beyond. Toll-free, multilingual, & confidential support services are available to all residents in the U.S. & its territories. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.

 

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