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.

Note, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) stands ready to assist in any manner possible.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.

 

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.

     

    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