Mental Health Resources

By C2ST Staff

Based on the Mental Help series C2ST is hosting this spring, we can share many resources for you to learn more about managing mental health.

Resources specially mentioned in the program on March 1st with Tara Powell and Karen Tabb.

  1. Black Lives Matter 
  2. Self Compassion Quiz by Dr. Kristin Neff
  3. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2015) Bessel van der Kolk M.D. 
  4. Disaster: Mental Health Interventions (2017) James Halpern and Karla Vermeulen
  5. Self-Care Plan by Tara Powell

Prevalence of Mental Health Problems by Population

General Mental Health

Pfefferbaum, B., & North, C. S. (2020). Mental health and the Covid-19 pandemic. New England Journal of Medicine.

Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., & Rubin, G.J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet.

Stress in America: One Year On: Unhealthy weight gains, increased drinking reported by Americans coping with pandemic stress. (2021) American Psychological Association. Retrieved March 15, 2021, 2020, from 

Maternal Mental Health

Davenport, M. H., Meyer, S., Meah, V. L., Strynadka, M. C., & Khurana, R. (2020). Moms are not ok: COVID-19 and maternal mental health. Frontiers in Global Women’s Health, 1, 1.

Preis, H., Mahaffey, B., Heiselman, C., & Lobel, M. (2020). Vulnerability and Resilience to Pandemic-Related Stress Among US Women Pregnant at the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Social Science & Medicine, 113348.

Substance Use and Suicide Risk

Czeisler M.É., Lane R.I., Petrosky E., et al. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1049–1057.

Reger M.A., Stanley I.H., Joiner T.E. Suicide Mortality and Coronavirus Disease 2019—A Perfect Storm? JAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 10, 2020, 

Gunnell, D., Appleby, L., Arensman, E., Hawton, K., John, A., Kapur, N., … & Chan, L. F. (2020). Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(6), 468-471.

Children and Adolescents

Fegert, J. M., Vitiello, B., Plener, P. L., & Clemens, V. (2020). Challenges and burden of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for child and adolescent mental health: A narrative review to highlight clinical and research needs in the acute phase and the long return to normality. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 14, 1–11.

Golberstein, E., Wen, H., & Miller, B. F. (2020). Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and mental health for children and adolescents. JAMA Pediatrics. Lee, J. (2020). Mental health effects of school closures during COVID-19. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 4(6), 421.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. for text or chat or call 1-866-488-7386

Healthcare Workers

Pappa, S., Ntella, V., Giannakas, T., Giannakoulis, V. G., Papoutsi, E., & Katsaounou, P. (2020). Prevalence of depression, anxiety, and insomnia among healthcare workers during the COVID19 pandemic: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Brain, behavior, and immunity, 88, 901–907.

Older Adults

Wang, H., Li, T., Barbarino, P., Gauthier, S., Brodaty, H., Molinuevo, J. L., … & Weidner, W. (2020). Dementia care during COVID-19. The Lancet, 395(10231), 1190-1191.

Armitage, R., & Nellums, L. B. (2020). COVID-19 and the consequences of isolating the elderly. The Lancet Public Health, 5(5), e256.


Pirtle, W. N. L. (2020). Racial Capitalism: A fundamental cause of novel coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic inequities in the United States. Health Education & Behavior.

Purtle, J. (2020). COVID-19 and mental health equity in the United States. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 55(8), 969-971.


The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:  Psychological First Aid: 

Mental Health First Aid: Take a short course 

Mindfulness Activities for Adults, Children, and Families: 

Grounding Exercises: & /

Other Resources

Suicide prevention lifeline: & 800-273-8255

Postpartum Support International: & 800-944-4773

Shades of Blue Project: Breaking Cultural Barriers in Maternal Mental Health  & Contact

Disaster Distress Helpline: Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Press 2 for Spanish, or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746. Spanish speakers from Puerto Rico can text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: & & 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish

National Domestic Violence: & 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline & 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. National Sexual Assault Hotline & 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or Online Chat 

The Eldercare Locator & 1-800-677-1116 

Veteran’s Crisis Line & 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Chat or text 8388255

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