Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resources: COVID-19

SAMHSA Resources and Information
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is maintaining a website full of resources to respond to the current COVID-19 situation. Resources include considerations for state psychiatric hospitals, training and technical assistance related to COVID-19, virtual recovery resources, tips for social distancing, and disaster planning among others.

Disaster Technical Assistance Center Supplemental Research Bulletin: Behavioral Health Conditions in Children and Youth Exposed To Natural Disaster
Issued in 2018, this publication is not COVID-19 specific, however, it provides an overview of current literature dealing with children and youth exposed to disaster. It covers common stress reactions, behavioral health conditions found in exposed youth, risk and protective factors for mental and behavior health, and interventions to improve post-disaster behavioral health.

Parents/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, this guide helps parents and caregivers understand what COVID-19 is, how to prepare the family for the outbreak, ways to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, coping strategies for dealing with stress, and helping children cope. Also included are resources for seeking additional help.

Providing Suicide Care During COVID-19
ZERO Suicide has compiled a list of resources for health care leaders and mental health professionals on providing safe and effective suicide care during a pandemic. The resources cover telehealth and suicide care, implementing Zero Suicide in the midst of COVID-19, the mental health effects of quarantine, and many other related topics.

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being during the COVID 19 Pandemic
From Child Trends, this web site very clearly and concisely covers the current COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to children and their parents and caregivers. This publication has a wealth of resources for parents and other caregivers ranging from how to stay healthy, how to talk to children about the pandemic, how to stay busy and socially connected, and self-care for adults.

Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has compiled resources on mental health and coping with the effects of COVID-19. These resources are geared toward a general audience as well as include specific information for audiences such as mental health professionals, healthcare workers and first responders, community leaders, colleges and universities, American Indians and Alaska Natives, parents and caregivers, and older adults.

Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
This resource provides tips for parents, teachers, and caregivers during an infectious disease outbreak. Broken down by age groups, it discusses possible reactions and ways to talk to children and help them cope with their situation. Also included is a list of additional resources.

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