Navigating COVID-19: An ASTSS list of complied resources

Please find below a list of links to external resources and strategies related to navigating and coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Resources span from those focused on mental health and wellbeing to trauma specific resources, and resources for healthcare workers and clinicians.

For official updates on COVID-19, please refer to the Federal Department of Health and your state or territory Health Department. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Black Dog Institute – Self Care Planning: Self-care is an important part of daily life, however during times of uncertainty and this unprecedented situation with COVID-19 the need for self-care is imperative. This resource provides tips to incorporate self-care into your day.

  • Black Dog Institute – Exercise your way to better mental health during COVID-19: As the government’s COVID-19 shutdowns drive people into their homes, many of us may find regular exercising slipping off our daily to-do lists. But exercise isn’t just about being physically active research from the Black Dog Institute has found that as little as an hour a week of exercise can be highly effective at fighting depression.
  • Black Dog Institute - How to get a better night's sleep during Coronavirus: Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler, Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at Black Dog Institute shares some practical strategies, for both parents and children, to improve sleep during Coronavirus.
  • Black Dog Institute: 10 tips for managing anxiety during COVID-19: Dr Jill Newby, Associate Professor of Psychology at UNSW and based at the Black Dog Institute shares some helpful actions which can assist in reducing anxiety and help manage COVID-19 fears.
  • Australian Psychological Society: Tips for Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety: This information sheet outlines some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • United for Global Mental Health: Webinar Series: Mental Health & COVID-19: In collaboration with the Lancet Psychiatry and Mental Health Innovation Network, United for Global Mental Health has put together a series of webinars designed to provide practical solutions to the challenges of and impact of COVID-19 on mental health. Webinars screen weekly on Tuesdays and recordings and summaries of previous webinars are available.
  • Harvard School of Public Health: COVID-19 Mental Health Forum Series: Each week, Dr. Karestan Koenen and colleagues host experts in the field of clinical psychology and trauma epidemiology research to provide evidence-based strategies for psychological, and physical health issues related to COVID-19. Previous forum series include managing stress, resilience in uncertain times and recognising and adapting to loss.

Working from Home

  • Black Dog Institute:  Webinar - Mental health and working from home  Dr Jill Newby, Associate Professor of Psychology at UNSW and based at the Black Dog Institute, shares practical ways for workplaces to cope with COVID19 related anxiety. This page also has links to other webinars related to mental health and COVID19

Healthcare workers:

o   COVID Trauma Response Working Group: Coping with stress associated with COVID19- advice to hospital staff: This video is from doctors, psychologists and researchers at the NHS Traumatic Stress Clinic in London, the UCL Institute of Mental Health and the COVID Trauma Response Working Group to colleagues in the National Health Service and all over the world affected by the coronavirus

Clinicians and academics

  • Virtual not Viral: This site has curated links and resources for clinicians and academics. Resources are divided into topics of ‘Wellbeing’, ‘Researching’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Work at home’.

Trauma

  • Global Collaboration on Traumatic Studies: The traumatic stress societies that are united in the Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress (GC-TS) have collected relevant information on the COVID-19 virus and measures we can take, the consequences and how to respond to those who suffer from the consequences and how we support our health professionals. In addition, they outline a number of COVID-19 and trauma research projects that are currently being investigated.

Vulnerable Population Groups

  • Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC): COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response: IASC has put together information and guidance for a number of areas with a focus on vulnerable populations, including mental health and psychosocial aspects, persons deprived of their liberty and gender considerations.

Parents and Children

  • Black Dog Institute: Coronavirus: Reassuring your child about the unknown: Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler, Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at Black Dog Institute shares some helpful tips and strategies to reduce COVID-19 related anxiety in children and explains how to support their wellbeing during this time.

  • Harvard School of Public Health: COVID-19 and Mindful Parenting: In this forum series Dr. Archana Basu and Dr. Karestan Koenen reviews evidence-based information shown to promote coping and resilience for children and discusses how parents can develop a self-care plan with a focus on mindfulness.

General Resources

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