COVID-19 & Stress

ACEs Aware supports health care providers, their teams, and all those on the front lines of administering care and interventions as California addresses stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.

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To lessen anxiety during this time of uncertainty, providers and patients alike can benefit from buffering care and protective factors to help prevent a toxic stress response.

This page lists stress management resources for providers related to COVID-19 as well as general resources providers can share with patients to increase buffering and protective factors to reduce the impact of toxic stress.

COVID-19 Stress Management Resources

This section lists stress management resources for providers related to COVID-19. These resources include mental health and psychosocial support considerations, workforce and organization resilience strategies, and resources providers can share with their patients. Download the full ACEs Aware Stress Management Resource List (3/25/20).

For the latest information in California, visit COVID19.ca.gov. For the latest clinical information on COVID-19 for health care providers, contact your local Department of Public Health. For additional information, including interim guidance and resources on caring for patients with COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Professionals webpage.

 

Briefing Note on Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outreach – Version 1.1

Summary of key mental health and psychosocial support considerations for COVID-19. Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.

Includes specific interventions for special populations:

 

Coronavirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreak Response – Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Website

Uniformed Services University. Includes the following resources:

 

COVID-19 Considerations for a Trauma Informed Response for Work Settings (Organizations/Schools/Clinics)

Trauma-informed considerations for work settings where services are provided, in light of COVID-19. Trauma Informed Oregon, Portland State University, Oregon Health Authority.

Building Organizational Resilience in the Face of a Ubiquitous Challenge

How organizational leaders can use trauma-informed care approaches to support their workforce in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Karen Johnson, Trauma-Informed Lens Consulting.

 

CA Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19

This Stress-Busting Playbook can help patients understand what to look out for and what they can do to protect their family’s health.

CA Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief During COVID-19

This simple guide from the California Surgeon General provides tips and suggestions on things patients can do every day, at home, to help support their mental and physical health.

Helping Children Cope with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak

One-page tip sheet for parents on how to help children cope with stress during the outbreak. Can be posted in exam rooms. World Health Organization.

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource Spanish version

A four-page parent resource sheet developed by school psychologists and nurses for talking with children about COVID-19. Available in English and Spanish. National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses.

Helping Homebound Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak

A two-page parent resource on approaches to manage homebound periods for children and families. Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Uniformed Services University.

Mental Health Support for COVID-19 from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Information and extensive on-line resources for individuals experiencing anxiety related to COVID-19, as well as specific information for individuals living with a mental illness. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

COVID-19 Information for Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors, Communities & Programs

Compilation of recommendations and resources for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as programs that support survivors. Futures without Violence.

COVID-19 Emotional Health Resources

Provides hotlines and resources related to behavioral health, child welfare, and intimate partner violence. From covid19.ca.gov.

 

 

General Resources Providers Can Share with Patients on Buffering Toxic Stress

This section lists resources providers can share with patients to increase buffering and protective factors for adults and families/children to reduce the impact of stress related to COVID-19. These factors include supportive relationships; high-quality sufficient sleep; physical activity; balanced nutrition; and mindfulness and meditation.

 

ACEs Aware Self-Care Tool for Adults

An ACEs Aware-developed tool for patients to use in developing a self-care plan to enhance well-being and decrease stress — for adults.

UCLA Mindful App 

Easy-to-use app for practicing mindfulness meditation with the guidance of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Carpinteria Children’s Project – Handout for Adults on How to Lower Toxic Stress Spanish version

Patient handout for adults on how to lower toxic stress. Carpinteria Children’s Project.

 

ACEs Aware Self-Care Tool for Pediatrics

An ACEs Aware-developed tool for patients to use in developing a self-care plan to enhance well-being and decrease stress — for children and families.

The Benefit of Supportive Relationships Spanish version Portuguese version

Patient handout for families about maintaining supportive relationships. Center for Youth Wellness and ZERO TO THREE.

Using Mindfulness Spanish version Portuguese version

Patient handout about using mindfulness as a tool to reduce toxic stress. Center for Youth Wellness and ZERO TO THREE.

Good Sleep HabitsSpanish version Portuguese version

Patient handout on children’s sleeping habits. Center for Youth Wellness and ZERO to THREE.