Covid-19 Resources


A Toolkit for Survivors During COVID-19

“Survivors of sexual assault are experiencing the deep impact of this moment in ways we could have never imagined. Those of us in abusive situations and those who are seeking therapy are struggling to get the support they need. Conditions that were already challenging are now exacerbated, and the needs of sexual assault survivors are being left out of the national dialogue in more ways than one.”

COVID-19 – Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources
Racial Equity Tools

This COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice list includes information for communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to this racially-charged moment in our society. The resources listed are sorted into categories: analysis, resources and tools, healing and community care, organizing and solidarity, resource building & rapid response, virtual work and online engagement, and a list of addition resource lists.


The Coronavirus Anxiety WorkBook
The Wellness Society

This detailed workbook offers information, worksheets, and planning guidance to help build resilience during times of increased stress. It outlines the psychological and physical manifestations of stress, methods of tolerating uncertainty, tools for reducing anxiety, and numerous coping strategies.

Trauma and COVID-19 Resource Library
Trauma Informed Care Project

This resource library offers a growing list of articles, links to websites, videos, and books related to trauma and COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
National Alliance on Mental Illness

This information guide is very user-friendly and written in accessible language. It presents its contents as answers to a series of frequently asked questions such as, “I’m having a lot of anxiety because of the coronavirus. Please help.” The guide is written for everyone, but with a particular focus on discussions of mental illness and the coronavirus.

7 Ways Survivors of Sexual Violence Can Practice Self-Care When Retraumatized During Tragedy
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

This brief article is written in accessible language and outlines the ways in which collective stress and tragedy such as the coronavirus pandemic can retraumatize people who have experienced sexual violence and other forms of trauma. It offers 7 methods for caring for oneself if retraumatized during this challenging time.

Self-Care Tips to Get You Through the New Coronavirus Normal
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

This article outlines helpful tips for self-care in the face of difficult adjustments and widespread discomfort during the coronavirus pandemic. It offers straight-forward and easy to implement suggestions to help regulate mood and daily rhythms. Take a closer look at KQED Arts’ podcast, Rightnowishwhich tells the hopeful stories of artists making a difference in their communities.

Don’t Go Down a Coronavirus Anxiety Spiral

This WIRED article offers suggestions for how to curb anxiety while remaining safe during the coronavirus pandemic. It explains why the pandemic poses a uniquely stressful situation for many people before presenting concrete tips for stress management.

Healing Mass Trauma – COVID-19
Trauma Transformed

Trauma Transformed has developed a 4-phase framework to think about how individuals and societies respond to a pandemic: readiness, response, recovery, and renewal. Working within this framework, the organization has gathered resources for both individuals and communities who are struggling to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. Some of the resources listed look to the future, examining how our social systems must change as we move into recovery and renewal phases. Resources will be updated as time goes on and we collectively move from the more immediate response phase to sustainable recovery phases.

Futures Without Violence COVID-19 Resource Library 
Futures Without Violence

This online library showcases COVID-19 resources for both survivors and for sexual and domestic violence advocacy organizations. Although many excellent resources are listed, we suggest taking a closer look at: the Spanish and English language safety plans and the Mutual Aid & Restorative Justice Online Check-in Circles, listed under “Safety Plans and Self-Care,” and Spanish and English language guides outlining “ways to help children and adults living with violence,” listed under “Community Care.”

Safety Planning Covid-19: A Guide for Domestic Violence Survivors
Sanctuary for Families

This accessible one-page guide is specifically designed for survivors of domestic violence. It guides readers through a step-by-step process of safety-planning during crisis situations such as a pandemic.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Stress and Coping
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This webpage is part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. It outlines the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic conjures intense stress in many people, explains how this stress can manifest very differently in different people, offers suggestions for self care, and finally offers tips for ending home isolation.

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

This webinar outlines the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ “Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff” (TECHS). This toolkit is a set of concrete tools for healthcare staff can use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar also offers suggestions and practical tips for helping colleagues in the healthcare field.

Covid-19 Resources
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

This library of resources compiled by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) groups resources by audience: mental health professionals, healthcare workers, parents and caregivers, business and community leaders, etc. All resources address the challenges and complexities raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been gathered by ISTSS affiliates, partner organizations and other related health organizations.

Covid-19 Pandemic Response Resources
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has compiled a thorough list of COVID-19 resources grouped by audience and by resource type. It offers articles, fact sheets, infographics, webinars, training programs, and other types of resources all designed to help community health and well-being during the pandemic.

Covid-19 Resources & Updates
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

This resource library is designed to address the intersection of  domestic violence and the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations and advocates for domestic and sexual violence survivors are facing new challenges during the pandemic. The coronavirus situation also imposes many new barriers to accessing care for survivors themselves. This list of resources seeks to support DV organizations and program leaders, DV advocates, DV survivors and their families, and mental health and substance use service providers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources for Managing Stress
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

This list of resources compiled on the website of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is designed to offer information and support for individuals, providers, and communities engaging in self-care during the global pandemic.

COVID-19 Resources: April 2020 Data Snapshot
Case Western Univeristy: The Center on Trauma and Adversity

This resource offers a data-driven approach to the coronavirus pandemic. It presents the results of a study of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Emotional Well-Being Survey of 556 US adults collected between 4/13/2020-4/26/2020. It outlines trauma symptoms and grief symptoms experienced since the beginning of the pandemic, and outlines additional reported coronavirus-related concerns.

Lifelines: How COVID-19 Creates ‘Pre-Traumatic Conditions’ in the Brain
New Hampshire Public Radio

This resource is a radio interview. NHPR’s Peter Biello speaks with trauma specialist, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk about how trauma affects the brain and body as a part of NHPR’s new series Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the time of COVID-19.

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