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. 



MHTTC Upcoming Webinars: 



NEC mutual support calls


Mental Health Mutual Support Calls for Thriving at Work During COVID-19 for Mental Health Providers

Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

Thursdays at 12pm ET, 4/2, 4/9, and 4/16 register here







NEC mutual support calls


Mental Health Mutual Support Calls for Thriving at Work During COVID-19 for Mental Health Supervisors        

Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

Thursdays at 2 pm ET, 4/2, 4/9, and 4/16 register her







NEC mutual support calls


Mental Health Mutual Support Calls for Thriving at Work During COVID-19 for Mental Health Administrators 

Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

Tuesdays at 12pm ET, 4/7, and 4/14 register here







NW ACT virtual meetings


National ACT Virtual Meetings to Address Impact of COVID-19

Northwest MHTTC

April 6, 3- 4:30pm ET (these meetings are recurring and scheduled for every Monday from 3- 4:30 pm ET) register here 







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Webinar Series: Changing the Conversation about Mental Health to Support College Students During a Pandemic 

Mountain Plains MHTTC

April 9, 1:30-2:30pm ET- Session 1 register here

April 13, 1:30-2:30pm ET- Session 2 register here





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Self- Care in Overwhelming Times

New England MHTTC

April 15, 3pm ET register here 







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Wellness Breaks (for New England providers only)

New England MHTTC

Virtual Wellness Breaks held beginning March 30

- Mondays from 12-12:30pm ET

- Wednesday from 12-12:30pm ET

- Fridays from 8-8:30pm ET




MHTTC Products and Resources:



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

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.

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 pre-recorded webinar highlights specific tools, strategies, and resources that promote provider well-being.

(webinar recording coming soon)

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. For materials from this webinar, please click below.

Stress Management During Quarantine for Mental Health Providers Serving Latino Clients

National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

(webinar recording coming soon)

Substance Use Disorder Services in the Days of a Pandemic: You Need a Bigger Boat

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 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.

Supportive Practices for Mental Health Professionals During Pandemic-Related Social Distancing

South Southwest

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 Crisis

Northeast 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.

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. 

For information specific to COVID-19, please visit

Below are resources from national organizations that may also be useful. 


For everyone:

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) 


For behavioral health providers:     

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

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

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


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


Thank you to the Southeast MHTTC for assisting to curate the content on this page.