Shareable Resources on Coping with COVID-19
Help raise awareness about coping with COVID-19 by sharing these resources.
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stressful for many people. People respond to stress in different ways, and it is normal to experience a range of emotions, including fear, anxiety, and grief. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also recognized that having certain mental disorders, including depression and schizophrenia, can make people more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Sharing accurate information about COVID-19 and strategies for coping can be an effective way to manage stress and connect with others.
Help raise awareness about coping with COVID-19 by sharing these resources.
Share These Graphics and Social Media Messages
Download and share these informational graphics to help raise awareness about coping with stress related to COVID-19. You can share the text and image directly to your Facebook News Feed or Story by clicking on the button to the right of the graphic. NIMH encourages you to use the hashtag #ShareNIMH in your social media posts to connect with people and organizations with similar goals. For more ideas on how to use these education and awareness resources, visit our help page.
Mental Health Matters
Your mental health matters. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Good mental health helps you cope with stress and can improve your quality of life. Get tips and resources from NIMH to help take care of your mental health. https://go.usa.gov/xH5QU #shareNIMH
What is Telemental Health?
Research suggests that telemental health services can be effective for many people, including, but not limited to those with ADHD, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Learn about factors to consider when using telemental health. https://go.usa.gov/xHbtM. #shareNIMH
Let’s Talk about Coping with COVID-19
Help raise awareness about coping with COVID-19 by sharing informational materials based on the latest research. Share science. Share hope. https://go.usa.gov/xvEFb. #shareNIMH
Coping with COVID-19
It can be difficult to cope with fear and anxiety, changing daily routines, and a general sense of uncertainty about COVID-19. Although people respond to stressful situations in different ways, there are steps you can take to help manage stress. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information at https://go.usa.gov/xMcpj. #shareNIMH
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with COVID-19
When parents and caregivers deal with COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. There are many things you can do to support your child cope. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information: https://go.usa.gov/xMcpj. #shareNIMH
Anxiety Symptoms vs. COVID-19 Symptoms
Panic attacks are discrete episodes, with an abrupt beginning – peaking at about 10 minutes – and a specific end, usually within half an hour. If you have a persistent fever and cough, as well as trouble breathing, call your doctor or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19. #shareNIMH
What to Do If You or Someone You Know Needs Immediate Help
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, the following resources are available.
Check Out News Stories about Coping with COVID-19
Read news stories featuring NIMH staff discussing coping strategies and the mental health impact of COVID-19. More stories can be found on the Dr. Gordon in the News webpage.
- Students Face Worsening Mental Health, But How Will Schools Handle It? - Features NIMH psychiatrist Haniya Raza, Teen Vogue, August 26, 2021
- How to Navigate Your Return to Work - Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis, Shine, July 1, 2021
- My Kid’s Anxiety Is Giving ME Anxiety! How Do I Fix This? - Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis, Slate, June 1, 2021
- Dreading the Return to Pre-Pandemic Life? Psychologists Talk Post-COVID Social Anxiety – Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis, Hypebae, May 27, 2021
- A G.R.E.A.T. Way to Handle Stress - Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis
Medical Daily, March 17, 2021
- Hit A Pandemic Wall? Here's Advice From a Therapist On How To Cope - Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis
Shine, February 16, 2021
- How to Help Kids Build Resilience Amid COVID-19 Chaos - Features NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon
PBS NewsHour, December 16, 2020
- How to Talk to Loved Ones When You’re Worried about Their Mental Health - Features Dr. Stephen O’Connor, chief of the NIMH Suicide Prevention Research Program
The Washington Post, December 1, 2020
- A Comic Just For Kids: How To Stay Safe From The Coronavirus - Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis
NPR, November 16, 2020
- Staying Strong During Lockdown Means Reaching Out — And Working Your Mind, Too - Features Dr. Maryland Pao, clinical director of the NIMH Intramural Research Program
NPR, August 18, 2020
Educate Yourself and Others about Resources for Coping with COVID-19
Check out these informational pages for more resources on coping with COVID-19.
- NIMH Director’s Message: Supporting Kids’ Mental Health During COVID-19
- NIMH Director's Message: One Year In: COVID-19 and Mental Health
- NIMH Science News: Supporting Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- NIMH Director's Message: Coping With Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety
- NIMH Director’s Message: Coping with Coronavirus: Support for the Autism Community
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Blog: Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Grief during COVID-19
- NIMH Director co-authored World Economic Forum Blog: Digital Mental Health: Innovating in a Time of High Anxiety
These NIMH resources also offer information and strategies for dealing with difficult times.
- 5 Things You Should Know About Stress
- 5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
- I’m So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet
- Coping with Traumatic Events
- Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disasters and Other Traumatic Events: What Parents, Rescue Workers, and the Community Can Do
- Taking Control of Your Mental Health: Tips for Talking With Your Health Care Provider
- Warning Signs of Suicide
Use Videos to Educate Others
Click “Copy link” or “Share” to copy the video URL and post these videos on social media, or embed them on your website.
NIMH Experts Discuss Suicide Prevention During COVID: Hear from experts about suicide prevention priorities during the pandemic, focusing on unemployment, youth, and other population subgroups who may be experiencing elevated risk.
NIMH Dr. Mary Rooney Expert Discusses Managing ADHD: Learn the signs, symptoms, and treatments of ADHD as well as tips for helping children and adolescents manage ADHD during the pandemic.
NIMH Expert Discusses Managing Stress and Anxiety: Learn about coping with stressful situations and when to seek help.
Five Things About Staying Mentally Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak: NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon provides 5 tips for staying mentally healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.
5 Questions about Mental Health During the Pandemic Answered by an Expert: NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon answers 5 questions about mental health during the pandemic on PBS NewsHour.
Learn More about COVID-19
Public Health Information
- COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-CDC)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Food and Drug Administration-FDA)
- Coronavirus (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- COVID-19 Research (NIH)
- Combat COVID (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): Learn how to join a COVID-19 treatment or vaccine clinical trial or donate plasma.
U.S. Government Response
- Coronavirus (COVID-19).gov (White House, CDC, Federal Emergency Management Administration)
- What the U.S. Government is Doing (USA.gov)
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