Psychological First Aid

This team leads trainings for citizens that show how we can ALL lend important emotional support to friends and neighbors in times of crisis. The team is led by Britt Gonsoulin (MD, MPH), Linda Semlitz, Gina Wind, and Mary O’Leary (PhD, LCP).

Watch our Psychological First Aid video here.

Get the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide here.

Take the Johns Hopkins Coursera PFA course here.

The COVID Coach app designed by the VA is a free tool for coping with stress, anxiety, and low mood during the pandemic. Get it here.

WOEBOT is a free self-care text-based app that assists with anxiety, stress, and depression using CBT techniques. Get it here.

PFA Mobile is a free tool from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that educates about key principles of PFA, helps providers assess their readiness to provide PFA, and helps track survivors’ needs during a response. Get it here.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has great resources for children and families regarding COVID-19 here.

Connections Cafe is a free virtual Cafe hosted by Raising Resilience “to help our parenting community come together (while keeping their distance) to process and implement the shift in our daily lives.” Access it here.

Physician Support Line is a free national and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteers joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Access it here or call 1-888-409-0141.

The University of Michigan Psychiatry Department has published Helping Kids Cope with the COVID-19 Crisis, a web page with information and resource links. Access it here.

The Science of Well-Being is a course offered by Yale through Coursera for free. Access it here.

In partnership with Zero to Thrive, the U of M has also released an infographic about Helping Young Kids Through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis. Download the PDF here.

Dr. Annette LaGreca of the University of Miami and Scott Sevin of have adapted their book about dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane to the new situation of a pandemic. Helping Children and Families Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic includes worksheets/discussion guides for parents and children ages 6-12. Access it here.

The Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention has released its Telehealth Guidelines for School Mental Health Professionals: Strategies for Engaging Students and Building Resilience. Access it here.

The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification Program has released guidelines and resources for managing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Access the list of resources and guidelines here.

Nationwide Children’s campaign called On Our Sleeves, which addresses children’s mental health, has released Behavioral Health Resources for Coronavirus. Access them here.

Medicaid covers certain mental health services. To find out if a particular service is covered, click here. In addition, telehealth services are provided. Coinsurance and deductibles apply, though some healthcare providers are reducing or waiving the amount you pay for telehealth visits. 

Washington Listens provides support with pandemic-related stress and emotional fallout caused by COVID-19. People can access the service via telephone at 1-833-681-0211. Read more here.

Dr. Roby Marcou’s Facebook page offers a host of resources to help with COVID-19. Visit the page here.

COVID-19: Resources to Promote Mental Well-Being is a list of support available from the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The resources range from free phone or video support to training presentations on Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR). Access the list here.

Black Mental Health Resources is a page on the Mental Health Coalition website that lists resources that support Black mental health. Visit the page here.

Also be sure to check out the Wellness Team page.