Paul Gionfriddo, the President and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA), addressed Coronavirus and mental health in a statement published on March 12, 2020. Recognizing that associated anxiety will rise as the number of COVID-19 cases increase, especially for employees who have mental health conditions and those who may develop them during this crisis. The post has a list of recommendations that employers can use to assist employees with and without disabilities.
- The American Psychiatric Association Foundation Center for Workplace Mental Health published a series of tips for employees on maintaining their health and wellness during this uncertain time. The article includes guidance specific to those diagnosed with mental health conditions and offers managers and HR professionals ways to support employees. To read the full article: Working Remotely – Your Mental Health & Wellbeing
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention released Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty.
- According to a Harvard Business Review article, That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief. David Kessler, co-author of “On Grief & Grieving.” shares his thoughts on the grief you may be feeling, how to manage and find meaning in it.
- Bender Consulting, a Disability:IN certified Disability Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE), is offering two free modules from the iDisability learning suite. These e-learning modules will ensure people with disabilities are included in your COVID-19 response strategies. They are accessible & will advance disability inclusion practices: Visit disability.
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) has provided resources on caring for your and others’ mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Be The Difference. For more information and resources from MHFA during this difficult time, see these new resources on its blog:
- How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing
- How Do I Know Someone is Experiencing Anxiety or Depression?
- How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
- How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19
- 60 Digital Resources for Mental Health, Social Work License Map
For more information on COVID-19, please visit these resources:
- The National Council for Behavioral Health: Resources for COVID-19
- World Health Organization: Rolling updates on coronavirus disease
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Situation Summary
- THRIVE NYC, Redefining Workplace Mental Health, has distributed a newsletter with a variety of workplace mental health resources to assist NYC businesses and their employees to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. The newsletter also provides trusted sources of information, tips for working at home, and much more: THRIVE NYC Newsletter
- The Center for Workplace Mental Health has produced a primer for employers on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is caused by exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, combat, sexual violence and much more: Primer for Employers on PTSD
About the COVID-19 Response Series
As we work together and learn during this unprecedented time, we are guided by two broad principles:
- Designing and implementing responses to COVID-19 that are based on facts, objective evidence, and science; and
- Ensuring that our responses are genuine, effective, and meaningful by taking into consideration the functional needs of all employees, including individuals with disabilities through the provision of reasonable accommodations, including accessible websites, online systems, mobile apps and other forms of information and communication technologies.
Disability:IN has compiled the following resources to support your disability inclusion work during COVID-19. Please know that more resources will be added as they become available. If you have a resource that isn’t listed but should be, please email Kate Calcutt.
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