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. 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. To find more social media resources, check out NIH’s COVID-19 social media resources page.
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-19Disponible en español
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 www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. #shareNIMH
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with COVID-19Disponible en español
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/xvxea. #shareNIMH
Anxiety Symptoms vs. COVID-19 SymptomsDisponible en español
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 http://cdc.gov/coronavirus. #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.
- 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
- Pandemic Depression is about to Collide with Seasonal Depression. Make a Plan, Experts Say. - Features NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon
The Washington Post, October 27, 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
- What Keeps a Top Mental Health Official Up at Night During a Pandemic—And What You Can Do to Help - Features Dr. Susan Borja, chief of the NIMH Dimensional Traumatic Stress Research Program
Forbes, May 26, 2020
- How to Tell if It’s More Than Just a Bad Mood - Features NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon
New York Times, May 21, 2020
- Experts Worry about Effects of COVID on Those with Mental Health Issues - Features NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon
CBS News, May 13, 2020
- Act Now to Get Ahead of a Mental Health Crisis, Specialists Advise U.S. - Features NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon
National Public Radio, May 13, 2020
- Dr. Joshua Gordon Shares Tips on Looking after Your Mental Health under Coronavirus Quarantine - Features NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon
Fox News, April 3, 2020
- Mental Health Experts Offer Counsel on Staying Calm During Coronavirus Pandemic - Features NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon
The Washington Post, March 17, 2020
- How to Handle Working From Home, Psychologically Speaking - Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis
ZocDoc, March 15, 2020
Listen to radio interviews with NIMH staff about coping strategies.
- Maintaining Mental Health During the Lockdown - Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis
Radio Health Journal, May 3, 2020
- Dr. Joshua Gordon on Randi Zuckerberg Means Business - Features NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon
Sirius XM/Wharton Business Radio, April 22, 2020
- Coronavirus: A War on Two Fronts for the U.S. Military - Features NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon
The Fox News Rundown Podcast, April 3, 2020
- Coronavirus Anxiety Package Mixdown - Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis
WRHU-FM New York, March 14, 2020
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus - Features NIMH clinical psychologist Dr. Krystal Lewis
NPR Morning Edition, February 28, 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.
These NIMH resources also offer information and strategies for dealing with difficult times.
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.
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.
POLITICO Coronavirus Special Report: Mental Health in the Age of Coronavirus: NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon speaks about managing mental health during the coronavirus pandemic in a virtual POLITICO virtual briefing.
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.
As the Pandemic Changes What the Holidays Look Like, Mental Health Experts Share Ways to Cope: NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon, along with other mental health experts, discuss how to keep yourself mentally healthy, especially as the holidays approach in a Washington Post online video.
NIMH Expert Discusses Managing Stress and Anxiety: Dr. Krystal Lewis, a licensed clinical psychologist at NIMH, discusses coping techniques on how to maintain your mental health during the pandemic and when to get professional help.
Learn More about COVID-19
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Stress and Coping page (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-CDC)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19).gov (White House, CDC, Federal Emergency Management Administration)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information page (NIH)
- Coronaviruses Diseases and Conditions page (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- Combat COVID (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): Find information about the different stages of COVID-19 illness, NIH-supported COVID-19 prevention and treatment clinical trials, and locations to donate plasma.