COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

medical maskThe Mountain Plains MHTTC recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states.

 

Mountain Plains MHTTC COVID-19 Training and Resources

Mental Health Resources for College and University Faculty and Staff to Support Student Mental Health During COVID-19

In response to the recent pandemic (COVID-19), several national organizations and associations have shared and promoted resources to assist college faculty and staff in promoting mental health well-being during a pandemic. This product compiles all recent toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics that have been developed by reputable sources to assist college and university faculty and staff.


Mental Health Resources for K-12 Educators During COVID-19

In response to the recent pandemic (COVID-19), several national organizations and associations have shared and promoted resources to assist K-12 educators. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults play a critical role in helping children make sense of what they hear and making sure that it is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety and fear. This product compiles all recent toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics that have been developed by reputable sources to assist educators during this time.


Mental Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers During COVID-19

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. This product compiles all recent toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics that have been developed by reputable sources to assist parents and caregivers during this time.


Telehealth Learning and Consultation (TLC) Tuesdays

This series supports behavioral health providers who are new to using telehealth. During each hour-long session, our Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Network specialists will spend the first 20 minutes addressing a specific topic, then answer questions submitted by TLC Tuesday registrants. Recordings of the 20-minute presentations as well as additional resources will be posted on the web as they become available. Every session runs 9:00 am – 10:00 am (MT). Registration is required for every TLC Tuesday session.


Session two: Campus Mental Health: How do we Come Back to the New Normal?

April 13, 2020
Presenters discussed what coming back to the “new normal” looks like for college students’ as they return to their respective campuses. It is anticipate that many students’ will have experienced some trauma, if not just the shock of being dispersed from campus to the actual trauma of personal or familial illness. This model is very akin to campus responsiveness post suicide or traumatic event (e.g. shootings) and presenters discussed how campuses can effectively support the return of students, providing both a place for recovery and education.


Session one: Changing the Conversation about Mental Health to Support College Students During a Pandemic

April 9, 2020
This session focused on the emergent pandemic and the impact it is having on college students’ mental health and wellbeing. As students are required to abruptly transition from a campus-based learning/teaching model to a technology-based teaching/learning model, the need for mental health support is even more important.


Tips for Educators: Supporting Parents During this Pandemic

April 2, 2020
The current pandemic requires rapid and complex changes to the way children and adults learn and live. In this session, Dr. Tami DeCoteau provided strategies for educators to use in supporting parents as they transition to a new and uncertain role in providing daily instruction for their children and she spoke to how educators can support parents in this difficult time.


Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters: Assisting Community Leaders

March 12, 2020
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.

 

COVID-19 Resources and Training Across Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers

The National Coordinating Office (NCO) for the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC) has compiled several pages dedicated to the COVID-19 mental health response. Visit each for more information, training opportunities, and free resources. 

Responding to COVID-19

This page highlights 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.


Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences have caused significant loss, including lives, livelihoods, social/physical connections, our usual ways of life, and how we grapple with death and mourning. This page highlights MHTTC training and technical assistance products and resources related to grief, loss, and bereavement, as well as a compilation of resources from other reputable organizations. 


Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Child Abuse

The COVID-19 pandemic may stimulate violence, including intimate partner violence (IPV) and child abuse, in families where it didn’t exist before and worsen situations in homes where mistreatment and violence has been a problem. Mental health providers are in a position to help through screening, referral, and safety planning. While this is always the case, it is especially important now when risk for violence has increased. This page offers MHTTC events and resources that can assist behavioral health providers in understanding and responding to family violence. In addition, there are events and resources from key national partners that focus specifically on this work. Some are COVID specific, and others provide information with which all clinicians should be familiar.


Mental Health Disparities

he COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted already existing inequities and disparities in health and behavioral health issues, and in access to and receipt of effective healthcare for some populations in the US. The MHTTC develops events and resources to address disparities in receipt of effective mental health services, on topics such as workforce diversity, cultural and structural competence, and provision of culturally appropriate services, as well as mental health effects of  social determinants of health, racism, and discrimination. During the COVID-19 pandemic, MHTTCs are also developing events and resources specific to the differential effects of COVID-19 on mental health care for specific populations.This page highlights MHTTC training and technical assistance products and resources related to disparities, as well as a compilation of resources from other reputable organizations.


School Mental Health

Public health emergencies such as COVID-19 have a significant impact on students and their families, educators and the school mental health workforce, as well as the school mental health system. This page highlights  MHTTC products and resources specific to school mental health that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises. A compilation of school mental health resources from other reputable organizations is also available.


Telehealth

The Center for Connected Health Policy defines telehealth as “Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies.”  Given the current public health emergency, telehealth has become an essential way to provide mental health services. This page highlights MHTTC training and technical assistance products and resources related to telehealth, as well as a compilation of telehealth resources from other reputable organizations. 


 

Additional COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

There are several reputable websites and resources available with up-to-date information on addressing mental health needs during a pandemic. Below are some of these resources organized by topic:
 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resources


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources


Housing Resources


School-Based Resources


Resources for Caregivers and Parents


Telehealth Resources


Additional Resources