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COVID-19 Mental Health Impacts:  Resources for Psychiatrists


With COVID-19 evolving rapidly across the world, APA’s Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disasters and the APA’s Council on International Psychiatry compiled the following list of resources for psychiatrists. The resources cover not only the physical impact of the coronavirus, but on its potential mental health and psychosocial issues and responses. The resources also include a section on telepsychiatry, to prepare for the possibility of isolation and/or quarantine.

For immediate assistance:

  • Disaster Distress Helpline - Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 800-273-8255 or  Chat with Lifeline
  • Crisis Textline - Text TALK to 741741 

Resources for Providers

Resources for Families

Resources for Healthcare & Community Leaders

Additional Resources 

The Lancet: Rapid Review,  The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence

United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee, Briefing: “Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak”   

For general resources and guidance on coronavirus and prevention, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources:


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