Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Spiritual, Emotional,
Mental Health & Additional Resources

 Refer to our Denominational Resources page for more denomination specific information.

Spiritual Recommendations:

Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry – Health Ministry Prayer Gatherings 2020 – Virtual Conversation and Faith Sharing. Click here to read all about 5 different wonderful offerings. You will also find registration instruction in order to receive the Zoom link, ID, password and agenda.


Care of the Soul in the Time of COVID-19 by Ronald W. Pies, MD


The Partnership Center provides Considering Faith, Community, and Mental health During the COVID-19 Crisis


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a Guidance for Communities of Faith.


From Presbyterian Outlook Spiritual Reflection: Settling in for the long haul


From Parish Health Ministry A PDF – Guide for activities for folks at home with dementia


From Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Choosing Joy in the Face of Disruption and Loss
Podcast: Episode 52: “Pastoral Care in the Coronavirus Crisis” featuring Michael Koppel

Emotional & Mental Health:

Find your Calm with this guided meditation for peace and calm by Cheryl Brause. Breathe in Calm | Meditation for Deep Relaxation, Calm and Inner Peace


Coping with the Covid19 Pandemic – Dealing with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be stressful for many people. Laughter is known to be good medicine to help cope with anxiety. Click here to read an article Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke from the Mayo Clinic with ideas on how laughter can be just what we need to improve our wellbeing during difficult times.


Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program offering Health Ministry Virtual Meetings… Peer Support, Learning & Conversation Beginning in August 2020 (3rd Tuesday evening of every month). Goal: To emphasize the importance of networking, fellowship, learning and peer support for faith community nurses and health ministers as they assist their congregations and local community to better health and well-being. Click here to read all about what is to be offered, the dates, and registration information.


Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find Rise In Broken Heart Syndrome During COVID-19 Pandemic. Broken heart syndrome, or stress cardiomyopathy, occurs in response to stressful events. Cleveland Clinic researchers have found a significant increase in patients experiencing stress cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome, during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Compassion in Action: A Guide for Faith Communities Serving People Experiencing Mental Illness and their Caregivers
The Partnership Center’s newly released Guide seeks to support faith leaders in addressing the needs of people experiencing mental illness in their congregation and community.


The Conversation Project: 
Part 1: Ritual and Grief in the Time of COVID-19
Part 2: Ritual and Grief in the Time of COVID-19


Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Webinar Series: Preparing Faith Leaders to Address the Challenge
This webinar series addresses overwhelming stress the COVID-19 experience is placing on people and communities.

• Part 1: “Preparing Leaders to Address the Challenges,” (webcast April 28, 2020, download the recording).
• Part 2: “When Trauma, Fear, and Anxiety Become Overwhelming,” webcast on May 12 at 12 pm ET, download the recording). 
• Part 3: “Task-shifting to Address Increasing Challenges,” (webcast May 26 at 12 pm ET, download the recording).
• Part 4: “Connecting Spirituality to Mental Health Services in the Midst of the Crisis,” (webcast June 9 at 12 pm ET, download the recording).
View more recordings by going to the HHS Partnership Center on YouTube


CMS Mental Health Resources
Telehealth
• Mental health care (outpatient)
• Opioid use disorder treatment services


AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute providing audio only Parenting During a Period of Social Distancing: Promoting Emotional Wellness and Resiliency. Please note, the presentation does not actually start until 1:02 of the recording.


MHTTC (Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network) Responding to COVID-19
Here they highlight MHTTC products and resources that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises like COVID-19. A compilation of resources from other reputable organizations is also available. You will find current Webinars and scrolling down a list of Products and Resources.


CDC Recommendations on Managing Stress During COVID-19 – More than ever, it’s important to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19, and if you must go out, practice social distancing. While we stay home, don’t let fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic become overwhelming. Here are a few ways the CDC recommends managing stress during these challenging times.


From WebMD: video about impact on emotional and mental health
Coronavirus in Context Video Series, with WebMD’s Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH

Additional Resources:

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) presents Self-Care Sharing: To sustain nurses in the Holistic Core Value of Self-Care AHNA is providing FREE public access to our Stress Management and Nurse Resilience Series resource materials!


July was Social Wellness Month, a time set aside to focus on nurturing your relationships with family, friends and members of your faith community. Social Wellness Month also reminds us of the importance of getting involved in activities that benefit your community. Advocate Aurora Health provides this resource to do just that. Volunteer and Grow Your Social Connections


Nurses Must Fight Against Racism. ANA’s President Shares How. Ernest J. Grant, president of the American Nurses Association, discusses how racism is a ‘public health crisis’ and affects nurses and patients.


The Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Coalition hosted a WEBINAR: Kinship Care and COVID-19, Grandparents and other Kin on the Front Line during this Pandemic – June 3, 2020. Click here to view, or go to ohiograndparentkinship.org where a link to the recording is posted.


From Parish Health Ministry, Episcopal Retirement Services: Supporting Kids During the Corona Crisis and Supporting Teens and Young Adults During the Corona Crisis


Cancer and Coronavirus – Listen to Karen Tripp provide some thoughts on cancer patients living through this Coronavirus time.


Making Funerals Meaningful in the Age of COVID-19 – Webinar held April 3, 2020 – includes information on the restrictions on funerals and other death rituals in the COVID-19 environment and what these restrictions mean for families and communities.


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Coronavirus (COVID-19 – information about food and nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic, with videos, infographics and other pertinent items.


Tips For Building a Healthy Family (Part 1&2) – Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Shannon Warden
Building a Healthy Family – Part 1
Building a Healthy Family – Part 2