COVID-19 Resources

To support psychiatric-mental health nurses as they address concerns and promote mental health during this time, here are resources containing information about mental health and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As additional information becomes available, more resources will be shared. To suggest resources to be added to this page, please email

Tips & Info for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Psychiatric-mental health nurses provide essential mental health and substance use care and psychosocial support to those impacted during a public health emergency. These tips and resources provide targeted guidance and support for PMH nurses during this rapidly evolving situation.

Managing Stress & Self-Care During COVID-19
For nurses, managing stress and anxiety becomes more crucial than ever during a time like this. Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress significantly impact one's health and ability to provide the best possible care. Use these tips to help take care of your mental health.

APNA Materials  |  Information & Resources  |  Self Care  |  Policy Updates  |  Webinars & Informational Events

APNA Materials

Motivational Interviewing Online Program
Free to everyone (members, students, nonmembers) through 12/31/20, this course includes simulation and interactive components that are helpful to engage when face-to-face interaction is limited, and which may help for meeting some schools’ current requirements* for class time or clinical hours. *Check with your school for requirements.

Undergraduate Education Toolkit
For nursing faculty looking for ways to engage students via virtual learning, this toolkit offers a wide array of resources, worksheets, and activities that will help nurse educators provide students with psychiatric-mental health nursing experiences online. 

Information & Updates

CDC Coronavirus Guidance for Health Professionals
Guidelines and resources specifically for healthcare personnel on the front lines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible infection with COVID-19.

NCSBN Daily Updates
Archive of daily updates from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing on resources and implications for nursing practice during COVID-19.

ANA Coronavirus Preparedness
Information and best practices for nurses, healthcare consumers, volunteers, and individuals traveling.

TJC Webinar: Preparing Behavioral Health Organizations for Coronavirus
An overview of clinical presentations of coronavirus and specific suggestions for decreasing the risk of transmission in the behavioral health setting.

AACN Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators
A collection of resources that pertain to nursing school deans, faculty, and students.

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SAMHSA Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Strategies for complying with recommendations for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation and supporting wellness.

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ANA Adapting Standards of Care Under Extreme Conditions
A policy paper with guidelines for healthcare professionals providing care during a crisis.

SAGE Journals Coronavirus Research
A compendium of recent research on COVID-19 from various scholarly publications.

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WHO Mental Health in Emergencies
A fact sheet on common impact of emergencies on mental health and ways to mitigate this effect.

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ICN Nurses and Disaster Risk Reduction, Response, and Recovery
A position statement on the role of nurses when responding to disaster.

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SAMHSA COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
Consolidated resources with regular updates regarding the coronavirus.

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CMS Telemedicine Toolkit
Toolkit to help expand access to care during this time using telehealth.

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NAMI Updates on the Coronavirus
Tips for workplaces and individuals with mental illnesses to be proactive about COVID-19.

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ANA Webinar: Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients during this
COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar (to be released 3/30) on the guidelines and use of Personal Protective Equipment, patient surge, and more.

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ANA Guidance for Nurses Who Want to Volunteer
Questions to answer to determine if you are able to volunteer during this time of crisis.

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Self Care

APNA Self Care Tips for Nurses
A booklet of tips collected from psychiatric-mental health nurses for practicing self care as a nurse.

AFSP Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Actionable ways to take care of your mental health in the current climate.

CDC Mental Health & Coping During Coronavirus
Basic information around mental health impact, stress management, and tailored advice for parents and responders.

Compassion Fatigue and the Behavioral Health Workforce Curriculum Infusion Package 
PSATTC slide decks designed to be used by faculty, trainers, behavioral health providers, and state/county agency staff members for a variety of audiences.

Strategies to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Tips to manage stress, avoid burnout, and practice self care during this pandemic.

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