HLCC has compiled a list of excellent resources that can assist Front Line workers and the General Public in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The list has numerous free meditation exercises along with a couple of free Psychology courses from Yale University and University of Pennsylvania promoting mental agility! We hope you find them helpful!
Access to free Psychotherapy Services for Healthcare Professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(You do not have to move through this experience alone, trained behavioral health experts are here for you!):
1. Trauma Response Network-Chicago for healthcare professionals and other front line workers in Illinois is offering access to licensed clinical therapists. They will provide front line workers up to 5 free and confidential EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy Sessions through a secure telemedicine platform. If you would like to talk with a licensed psychotherapist trained in EMDR, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call (847) 337-9899 or visit the website: https://www.greaterchicagotrn.org/.
Free Meditation Resources & Courses in Psychology that Promote Well-Being for Healthcare Professionals & the General Public:
1. Healthy Living Counseling Centers’ certified iRest Meditation Practitioner Jacqui Neurauter is offering Free Live iRest Yoga Nidra Meditations on Thursdays at 1 pm & Sundays at 11 am in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. All iRest Meditation sessions will be offered via phone or Zoom meetings starting with the month of April – until further notice. Email Jacqui for more information: Jacqui@HarmoniousPathways.com and to register.
2. https://www.besselvanderkolk.com/blog/free-online-event-coming-to-your-senses (Licia Sky is an artist, musician, bodywork therapist, yoga practitioner, and dancer. She shows us how to foster contact, connection, and touch through self holding and how we can notice the nuances of what we are sensing right in this moment.)
3. https://www.tarabrach.com/pandemic/ (Dr. Tara Brach’s free Guided Meditations for times of Pandemic)
4. https://soundstrue.lpages.co/mindfulness-daily/ (A Free 40-Day Training Program from two of the world’s most respected and gifted meditation teachers, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Experience the complete program for yourself. Receive your free download of Mindfulness Daily today.)
5. https://chopracentermeditation.com/?_ga=2.189575848.2034886971.1586560115-970026339.1586560115 ( 21 DAYS OF Free MEDITATION, Finding hope in uncertain times. Join Deepak Chopra, Oprah, and millions of meditators around the world to find peace of mind in the midst of turmoil, and do your part to help our global community find hope and optimism).
6. https://palousemindfulness.com/ (The site offers a free online 8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR training course) program. The site is an excellent resource if you wish to learn more about mindfulness.
8. Headspace is offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through 2020 (https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19). All you need is an NPI number and for healthcare providers that don’t have one they can complete a separate form on their website to request free access to this wonderful tool.
9. Headspace is a well-known App for learning mindfulness. There is a subscription to access the full range of resources within the App, but a specific free section called ‘Weathering the Storm’ has been put together in response to Coronavirus for the general public (https://www.headspace.com/covid-19).
10. https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being (Yale University is offering a free course online, The Science of Well-Being, that teaches you how to be happier. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.)
11. https://www.coursera.org/learn/resilience-uncertainty (We are all facing different and difficult challenges as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to support you in this time of uncertainty, the University of Pennsylvania is sharing this free and unique version of Dr. Karen Reivich’s “Resilience Skills” course from the Specialization Foundations of Positive Psychology. Learn how to incorporate resilience interventions into your personal and professional life with Dr. Karen Reivich. In this course, you are exposed to the foundational research in resilience, including protective factors such as mental agility and optimism. Several types of resilience interventions are explored including cognitive strategies; strategies to manage anxiety and increase positive emotions such as gratitude; and a critical relationship enhancement skill. Throughout the course, you will hear examples of individuals using resilience skills in their personal and professional lives.
12. https://www.tenpercent.com/ (Ten Percent Happier – although a paid service, TPH is currently providing a free, live guided meditation at 3 pm EST every weekday. The company also offers any healthcare worker a free subscription to their app, as a thank you for their services. (Free with in-app purchases; available on iOS and Android).
15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5akULIUnZwI (Tips for falling asleep with the added anxiety of the pandemic with Dr. Jud Brewer)
16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANZfVnjCmXk (Body Scan Meditation Guided by Dr. Jud Brewer)
17. How to Manage Your Anxiety Effectively. COVID-19 Mental Health Resources: Welcome to COVID-19 Anxiety Toolbox, a workbook intended to help decrease your anxiety around the COVID-19 outbreak by Pat Walker-Health Center Counseling and Psychological Services of University of Arkansas. Download PDF workbook here: https://health.uark.edu/coronavirus/caps-covid-19-resources-anxiety-workbook.pdf
18. Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times by The Wellness Society Supported by Jamma International. Download their free 28 page Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook containing tools and techniques to help you deal with stress and anxiety. Click link here to download the workbook: https://thewellnesssociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus-Anxiety-Workbook.pdf
19. https://www.downdogapp.com/ (Down Dog, is the highest-rated app for practicing yoga at home, announced that it is offering free and total access to all its health and fitness apps to students, teachers and healthcare providers until July 1, 2020. Also, free to the general public until May 1st. Check them out as they keep extending their offer for free access depending on the pandemic crisis. Yoga anywhere!
Helping Children Cope with COVID-19
1. https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19 (Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19).
2. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus (Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus)
3. The COVID-19 time capsule is created by Long Creations – and gives your child an opportunity to document what we’re going through. They can write about how they are feeling, what’s happening at home and in their communities. It’s something to save and look back on at the role they played in this historic moment. To download the PDF with 11 pages of worksheets filled with activities click on the below link:
Download MY COVID-19 TIME CAPSULE
Below is a list of websites that provide a host of information ranging from child, adolescent, and adult general mental health issues to internet sites for support and resources regarding behavioral medicine topics and medical diagnoses.
GENERAL ADULT MENTAL HEALTH
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Home page of ADAA, with links pertinent to anxiety disorders throughout the lifespan. Includes some self-tests for adults, children, and parents as well.
National Institute of Mental Health
This is the branch of federal government that sponsors research on mental health. The site provides a summary of major psychological disorders as well as research-based information on causes and treatments.
A site with an abundance of information about mental health, including articles and essays, book reviews, live chats, discussion forums, and links to mental health resources.
Mental Help Net
Mental Help Net is an established and highly regarded internet website dedicated to educating the public about mental health, wellness, and family and relationship issues and concerns. Designed and maintained by clinical psychologists, the site provides scientifically accurate and up-to-date coverage.
American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association provides an overview of how therapy works, the different approaches to treatment, and how to choose a psychologist at this helpful site.
Domestic Violence: Between Friends is an organization that offers help, information, and resources regarding domestic violence. sonal strategies for enhancing resilience.
CHILD & ADOLESCENT GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH
American Psychological Association: Child Treatment
Information on children and families from the American Psychological Association. Provides a variety of psychology-related press releases, news updates, and articles from the Monitor on Psychology.
Tufts University Child and Family WebGuide
The WebGuide is a directory that evaluates, describes, and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice. Topics such as promoting healthy eating, adoption, and attachment in children, are selected on the basis of parent recommendations; they cover all ages, from early child development through adolescence.
C.H.A.D.D.: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
The largest national ADD organization, with on-line fact sheets and information about the disorder.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.
Coping with a Miscarriage
Couples Coping with Miscarriage, June, 2010.
American Pregnancy Association
Web site promoting pregnancy wellness and information about pregnancy complications.
Baby Loss: www.babyloss.com
Miscarriage Support Auckland Inc.: www.miscarriagesupport.org.nz
Pregnancy Loss: www.pregnancyloss.info
American Society for Reproductive Medicine: www.asrm.org
Postpartum Depression Doesn’t Go Away By Itself – Depression
Dr. Helen Coons explains why women can suffer from postpartum depression for so long without treatment.
Postpartum Support International: PSI is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Free educational booklet available for download for Depression During & After Pregnancy: A Resource for Women, Their Families & Friends.
Reproductive Medicine Information
American Society for Reproductive Medicine: www.asrm.org
Speaking of Psychology: Debunking Myths About Fertility: In a special bonus episode filmed at APA 2019, the annual meeting of the association, APA director of research and special projects Vaile Wright, PhD, talks with Angela Lawson, PhD, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and psychiatry at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, about a variety of fertility issues, including in vitro fertilization, causes of infertility and how women can overcome the guilt associated with infertility: (30 minute video below)
Cancer General Resources:
Coping with Cancer, “Seven Tips for Dating After a Cancer Diagnosis.” March/April 2009.
Coping with Cancer, the magazine for people whose lives have been touched by cancer
Fertile Hope is a national LIVESTRONG initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
American Cancer Society
Imerman Angels: free one-on-one cancer support for cancer fighters and caregivers:
MD Anderson’s my Cancer Connection: Trained survivor and caregiver volunteers are available to share their cancer experience with you:
Phil’s Friends: A care package is a small gift of hope, carefully hand-packed by volunteers at our Hope Centers and sent to individuals battling cancer. Each care package is filled with items that are practical, comforting and encouraging. Thousands of these care packages are distributed each year. They are shipped nationwide from our Hope Centers or personally delivered to those in hospitals by our Hope to Hospitals team.
Cancer & Pain Control:
Pain Control: A Guide for People with Cancer and Their Families:
Cancer & Visual Imagery During Treatment:
University of Michigan’s Rogel Cancer Center discusses the effectiveness of using Guided Imagery Tools with cancer fighter:
University of Michigan’s Rogel Cancer Center audio library with free downloadable MP3 files for relaxation, fighting your rogue cancer cells, imagery for caregivers, and coping with cancer pain:
Guided imagery, mindfulness, and self-hypnosis have been shown to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as help the body fight cancer by boosting immune system function.
Health Journeys and Belleruth Naparstek’s team have carefully pulled together some of the most effective, user-friendly mind-body guided practices ranging in price $11.00 and up for people dealing with cancer, led by some of our foremost teachers and practitioners in the field:
Fighting Cancer from within: CDs teaching your mind to improve your health by Dr. Marty Rossman:
Cancer & PTSD:
Breast Cancer & Cancer Survivorship
American Psychological Association,
“Young Women Coping with Breast Cancer”, November 24, 2009.
“How Breast Cancer May Affect Body Image,” from About.com, December 5, 2008,
Fighting Sex and Body Changes After Breast Cancer…
Psychologist Helen Coons, PhD, clinical director of Women’s …
2 min 53 sec – www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dln21XcVsM
American Psychological Association, “Just Diagnosed with Breast Cancer? How to tell the kids.” October 13, 2011.
Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is an international organization focusing on women ages 40 and under who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Dragonfly Angel Society a place for Cancer Survivorship.
North American Menopause Society
American Pain Foundation
The American Pain Foundation web site is an online resource for people with pain, their families, friends, caregivers and the general public. This site is devoted to patient information and advocacy, and provides many links to additional resources.
Stress Management & Relaxation Resources
Ohio State’s Guided Imagery Audios & Stress Management Tools
Dartmouth’s Relaxation Downloads
Web site with relaxation audio files for download to help with your relaxation.
Dr. Christopher Germer’s Mindful Self Compassion Relaxation Audios
Web site with free downloadable files to promote relaxation and self nurturance.
Self-Realization Fellowship’s guided meditations: http://www.yogananda-srf.org/Guided_Meditations.aspx#.WVlgMIjytPY. Also, see this website for a home study program to increase contemplative practices that promote healing and resilience.
Military Personnel, Veterans and their Family Members
American Psychological Association’s “Road to Resilience” guide focuses on ways to develop personal strategies for enhancing resilience.
“Parenting for Service Members and Veterans,” a free web-based course that features six modules address parenting challenges that can arise during deployment, reintegration aand long after coming home.
Website providing information and support for Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
Created by an MST survivor, this website discusses where to get support and information about reporting options for Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
Understanding PTSD for military personnel, veterans, and their loved ones.