For Well-being and Self Care
For Children, Adolescents, and Parents
For Health Care Providers
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Debra Kaysen on Individual and Collective Stress & Grief
The COVID-19 global pandemic is not the first event –good or bad -- to be shared by the entire world, but in this age of technology and social connection when information travels the earth at lightning speed, we are all living the full impact of this collective experience, in real time. The countless individual tragedies of the virus come together in a cumulative and mutual loss to which few of us are immune. In this Q&A, Dr. Debra Kaysen, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with the Public Mental Health & Population Sciences Division, helps us better understand our communal grief and how to deal with the societal stress of COVID-19. Dr. Kaysen specializes in the treatment of trauma and PTSD and is the President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Elias Aboujaoude on Technology Behaviors
Technology has been a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s given many the ability to work and learn from home, continue to get medical care, and share face-to-face time with family and friends despite physical distancing and stay-at-home orders…not to mention shopping, and a constant flow of information. While these have been enriching and, in some cases, life-saving aspects to our heightened connectivity during the pandemic, potentially problematic relationships with technology have also been brought into stark relief. Our expert on these matters when it comes to mental health is Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, Clinical Professor, Chief of the Anxiety Disorders Section, and Director of the OCD Clinic and the Impulse Control Disorders Clinic. One of his specialties is the intersection of technology and psychology.
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Elizabeth Reichert on Depression, Anxiety, Risk for Suicide
It’s no surprise that a global pandemic would exacerbate feelings of stress and fear. What is needed is understanding of how to manage those feelings, how to recognize symptoms of clinical depression and anxiety, as well as when, how, and where to get help. Dr. Elizabeth Reichert provides this expertise as clinical assistant professor of Stanford Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Pediatric Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Clinic.
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Kim Bullock on Therapy via Virtual Reality
With person-to-person gatherings suspended because of the Coronavirus pandemic, technology has become the lifeline for friends, family, businesses, and care providers. But even before telehealth was in the spotlight, some health professionals were utilizing the unique characteristics of Virtual Reality (VR) to deliver, and enhance, treatments. Dr. Kim Bullock, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is one of those pioneering doctors who embraced VR early on. In this Q&A, she elaborates on how it can offer particular relief for those suffering under the stress of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Lawrence Fung on Impacts on the Neurodiverse Community
As scientists learn more about the novel Coronavirus, the consensus is that even with more effective treatments and possible vaccines, COVID-19 will likely be with us for a long time to come. New ways of working and learning will continue to evolve, and the many varieties of talents and skills will need to be accommodated for full inclusion. That includes the neurodiverse community. For this insight we turn to Dr. Lawrence Fung, Director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project (SNP), and the Adult Neurodevelopment Clinic, as well as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Anna Lembke on Addiction
We’re seeing some signs that substance abuse and addiction is on the rise because of the stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Anna Lembke, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, is a national leader in the move to “bring addiction into the house of medicine” so it can be treated like any other disease. As Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, Dr. Lembke is uniquely experienced to discuss this social consequence of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Rachel Manber on Sleep Disturbances
Stay-at-home orders have our daily routines in flux, and uncertainty and fear are constant companions in this global pandemic. As part of our COVID-19 Q&A series, Rachel Manber, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Stanford Sleep Health and Insomnia Program (SHIP), discusses how these conditions can interfere with healthy sleep or exacerbate existing sleep condition, as well as ways to get help.
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Hans Steiner on Anger and Aggression
The Coronavirus pandemic, with its extreme disruption of normal daily life and uncertainty for the future, compounded by several other crises (economic distress, racial tension, social inequities, political and ideological conflicts) puts us all to the test: we find ourselves immersed in a pool of negative emotions: fear, sadness, contempt, and yes, anger. What do we do with this forceful emotion, calling us to act on our behalf? Can it be managed to limit disruption to our well-being, or harnessed for a positive outcome? This obviously depends on our age. But generally, the answer is an emphatic “yes”: Anger should be one of our adaptive tools to deal with the most difficult circumstances. Sometimes it becomes an obstacle to our struggles, especially when it derails into aggression and even violence. But far more often, it energizes and motivates us to fix what is broken.
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. James Lock on Eating Disorders
Mental health conditions can be exacerbated because of the additional pressures brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic. In this COVID-19 Q&A with Dr. Lock, a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Stanford Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program, we focus on how eating disorders may be further triggered by the conditions imposed by COVID-19 safety measures.
COVID-19 Q&A: Dr. Margo Thienemann on OCD
The prolonged uncertainty brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic has heightened the challenge of maintaining mental wellbeing, particularly for some with conditions that manifest in controlling outcomes, like Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD. As part of our COVID-19 Q&A series, Dr. Margo Thienemann, Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Director of Psychiatric Services at the Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) Clinic, shares how COVID-19 is impacting patients and ways to cope.
For Well-being and Self Care
How to beat stress in a pandemic
In this article and podcast, Victor Carrion, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, discusses the sometimes hidden hallmarks of stress and techniques to recognize and lessen its effects at every age. by the Stanford School of Engineering
The mental health aspects of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed much of the world into a new normal – one that may be filled with feelings of uncertainty, isolation and anxiety. With standard ways to cope unavailable this can be a very difficult time - Shaili Jain, clinical associate professor (affiliated) is interviewed in this podcast. by Stanford Medicine
The pandemic is a mass traumatic event
Around the world, experts are now warning that the coronavirus pandemic could be an unprecedented traumatic event. Debra Kaysen, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is interviewed in this podcast. by WNYC Studios
Online Yoga Videos
YogaX, a special initiative of the department, provides free yoga instruction over video, resources, stress reduction, and mindfulness training to help build and maintain health and resilience.
Daily Guided Mindfulness
Each weekday, from 1pm to 1:30pm PDT, you can join this live, guided journey into your own calm and healing inner space in a virtual meditation room, provided by the department's Early Life Stress and Resilience Program
For Children, Adolescents, and Parents
Adapting to Change, Maintaining Structure, and Keeping Families Healthy
This webinar aims to support parents by providing practical strategies to adapt to change, maintain daily structure, and promote healthy living during increased times of stress and beyond.
Speakers: Mari Kurahashi, MD & Kyle Cassidy, LCSW; Moderated by Victoria Cosgrove, PhD
approximately 1 hour
Communicating as a Family in Times of Crisis
This webinar is designed to support parents with practical evidence-based communication and problem solving strategies that facilitate positive communication within families.
Speakers: Nicole Starace, PhD & Victoria Cosgrove, PhD; Moderated by Isheeta Zalpuri, MD
approximately 1 hour
Positive Parenting During Shelter in Place
This webinar is offered to support parents with practical strategies, grounded in positive parenting principles
Speakers: Elizabeth Reichert, PhD & Shea Fedigan, PhD; Moderated by Nicole Starace, PhD
approximately 1 hour
Talking to Young People About COVID-19
This webinar reflects on the anxieties that children and transition aged youth are likely to be experiencing at this time, discusses the importance of talking with young people about those anxieties, and describes some non-clinical strategies which have proven effective in the past for promoting positive mental health and well being among pediatric populations.
Speakers: Victor Carrion, MD and Elizabeth Reichert, PhD; Moderated by Laura Roberts, MD, MA
Approximately 1 hour
Talking to kids about COVID-19: a podcast
This post highlights a recent 1:2:1 podcast with Victor Carrion, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, in which he offers advice for parents about how to talk to children about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Child and adolescent trauma: a podcast
What Makes Up Your Mind
Making sure the children in our lives are healthy and thriving includes their mental wellbeing. While the natural resilience of kids is often referenced, the truth is that our youngest members of society are vulnerable to stress, anxiety and, sadly, traumatic experiences. It’s not always easy to tell, or to know how to help, Victor Carrion, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides some guidance.
Talking to Kids About COVID-19 handout
Parenting well, in the best of times, presents challenges. Parenting in this time of uncertainty, fear, and the absence of “normalcy” takes those challenges to another level. This resource page outlines how anyone caring for kids can keep them, and themselves, on an even keel as we all navigate life in the time of COVID-19.
from the department's Pediatric Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Clinic
Constructively Communicating with Children About COVID-19
This article from Dr. Steven Sust provides 6 practical ideas for how to discuss at home how our individual, family and social actions potentially impact the greater good, why that’s important, and to use this time as an opportunity to build additional connection and resilience across our world.
on behalf of the department's Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing
For Health Care Providers
Managing Anxiety Related to Taking Care of Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The webinar addresses strategies that healthcare professionals may utilize to manage their anxiety related to caring for patients with COVID-19 infection.
Speakers: Cheryl Gore-Felton, PhD, Debra Kaysen, PhD, and Mickey Trockel, MD, PhD; Moderated by Tait Shanafelt, MD
Approximately 1 hour
Minimizing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sleep of Healthcare Providers and their Patients
Research consistently demonstrates that poor and insufficient sleep can cloud judgement, impair emotional well-being, and even compromise the immune system, all of which are indispensable personal resources at this time. This webinar provides strategies to improve your sleep and the sleep of your patients.
Speakers: Rachel Manber, PhD and Rafael Pelayo, MD; Moderated by Mickey Trockel, MD, PhD
Approximately 1 hour
Hubinar: Telemental Health: Learning from COVID-19
Panelists share their thoughts about opportunities and innovations that may arise in the telemental health landscape as a result of COVID-19 in this webinar from the Stanford Mental Health Technology & Innovation Hub.
For Stanford University and Stanford Medicine Employees
University Resources and Information
- Health Alerts (for the latest COVID-19 announcements from the University)
- COVID-19 Workplace Resources (from Cardinal at Work - resources and links updated regularly)
- Stanford Health Improvement Program Classes
- BeWell Resources
School of Medicine Resources and Information
Connect and Recharge Groups
Department Intranet: COVID-19 Resources and Information (SUNet ID required)
- COVID-19 related information and links to helpful resources (for department members)
- Telecommuting Resources and Tech Support (for department members)
- Wellness Resources (for department members)
- Online activity ideas for families (for department members)
MHTTC network has developed a number of resources and is hosting webinars and online trainings to help mental health providers related to COVID-19 and resultant changes in practice, as well as a compilation of telehealth resources from other reputable organizations. from the Coordinating Office for the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network
Telemental Health Resources
Real steps can be taken to transform existing delivery methods to effective telepractice. The TechHub, a special initiative in the department, has put together a list of telehealth resources for mental health care providers. from the Mental Health Technology and Innovation Hub
Public Health links, coping resources, and tips
The team at Stanford's CPMHW have put together a list of helpful public health related resources. from the Center for Precision Mental Health & Wellness
COVID-19 School Mental Health Resources from the Coordinating Office for the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network
MHTTC provides free training and technical assistance to the mental health workforce across the United States and territories. The network has developed products and resources specific to school mental health that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises. A compilation of school mental health resources from other reputable organizations is also available.
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