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COVID-19 Resources

Guidance:

Adapting and Innovating to Promote Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being of Young People of Color: COVID-19 and Beyond (PDF /1.27 Megabytes)
Provided by the Steve Fund, this report contains a comprehensive detailed list of recommendations to help higher education institutions alleviate the risks to mental health that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, and racial upheaval.

American College Health Association Guidelines: Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education for the Spring Semester 2021 (PDF/.328 Megabytes)
The American College Health Association (ACHA) provides very detailed guidance about what steps need to be taken to re-open institutions of higher education while protecting health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are sections dedicated specifically to health services, mental health services, work force, and health promotion efforts. Please note, this is an updated document from the ACHA's initial guidelines called: Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era.

American College Health Association: Checklist for Considerations Related to Reopening Campus Mental Health Service Operations (PDF/.124 Megabytes)
Designed to be used as a companion document to the above noted "Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education for the Spring Semester 2021". This checklist was created to help counseling center directors and staff, at institutions of higher education, determine their level of readiness to deliver mental health services to their students in a post COVID-19 world.

American College Health Association Guidelines: Preparing for COVID-19 (PDF/.264 Megabytes)
The American College Health Association (ACHA) has created a guide to help college health staff and campus administrators address COVID-19 on campus.

Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning (opens new window)
The CDC’s guidance to help administrators of public and private institutions of higher education prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students, staff, and faculty.

COVID-19 Webinar: Updates and Campus Considerations (YouTube® Video/opens new window)
A recent webinar organized by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, American College Health Association and the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities.

Mental Health, Higher Education, and COVID-19: Strategies for Leaders to Support Campus Well-Being (PDF/3.59 Megabytes)
Identifies three key strategies for higher education administrators to implement to support both the immediate and long-term mental health needs of students resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recommendations for Prioritizing Student Mental Health and Campus-wide Healing and Recovery during COVID-19 (PDF/.144 Megabytes)
From Active Minds, this document provides both short and long-term recommendations to support higher education leadership in making mental health and campus healing a priority as they begin to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide civil unrest.

Supporting Vulnerable Campus Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF/.256 Megabytes)
From the American College Health Association (ACHA), this guide provides higher education institutions with information on how to better support populations that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession.

Supporting Students During COVID-19: The #RealCollege Guide (PDF/.140 Megabytes)
Presented by The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University, this guide supplies information for higher education institutions around the world who are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. They are experts in helping students whose degrees are derailed by crises and they offer their resources and considerations, for the current crisis, in this guide.

Telehealth:

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board’s Guide to Temporary/Telepsychological Practice and COVID-19 (PDF/.512 Megabytes)
Updated twice daily, this guide gives current information on each state and territory’s laws, regulations, and registration information for interjurisdictional telepsychology practice.

College Counseling from a Distance: Deciding Whether and When to Engage in Telemental Health Services (PDF/1.62 Megabytes)
This guide outlines the potential benefits, limitations, and legal and ethical concerns regarding telemental health services in the field of college student mental health. It also aids mental health professionals who serve college students and higher education administrators in engaging in dialogue about these benefits, limitations, and concerns in order to make informed decisions about if, when, and to whom telemental health services should be provided.

Screening for Suicide Risk During Telehealth Visits (PDF/.228 Megabytes)
Provided by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, this guide provides recommendations to assist telehealth clinicians in screening for suicide and depression, the protocols that should be in place for when a client screens positive for suicide (including minors), the use of asynchronous screening tools, and liability.

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency (opens new window)
The Department of Health and Human Services describes their relaxation of rules regarding health professionals’ compliance with HIPPA laws in the provision of telehealth services.

Telehealth Tips: Managing Suicidal Clients During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF/1.49 Megabytes)
Provides tips, suggestions on assessments and a Safety Planning form. This can be useful for any mental health or primary care providers managing patients via telehealth.

Telehealth Informed Consent Example (PDF/.064 Megabytes)
Here is an example of the telehealth informed consent that is currently being used by the University of Scranton.

Telehealth Training:

Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: 2-Day Distance Therapy Training (opens new window)
A 2-day course in providing distance therapy via telehealth from PESI. CE credits available. Course was temporarily offered for free at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic - now offered for their regular fee.

Telepsychology Best Practice 101 Training Series (opens new window)
An introductory 8-hour training course (divided across 4 segments) providing an overview and orientation to Telehealth and providing Telehealth services. Offered by the American Psychological Association (APA) at the cost of $60 for each segment ($240 for the whole course). A discount is available for APA members.

Miscellaneous Resources:

Love is Louder (opens new window)
A support project designed to help people who feel misunderstood, hurt, or lonely. Using modern forms of media, they are working to boost the message that love speaks louder than the voices, either internal or external, that can cause pain.

Seize the Awkward (opens new window)
Concerned about a friend who is struggling with their mental health? Reaching out to support them is important. Here is some helpful advice to start the conversation. This website includes brief-videos and a campus toolkit for implementation along with COVID-19 specific content.

Resiliency Skills Training Facilitator's Guide (PDF/1.35 Megabytes)
Provided by Jessica Gifford, Associate Director of Mental Health Promotion, Amherst College Counseling Center. This guide offers step-by-step outlines to lead a four-session, in-person resiliency skills training, as well as instructions on how to implement the ReST curriculum online. ReST can be implemented in high schools, colleges, and workplaces, or offered as a psychoeducational group by therapists or coaches.

Virtual Recovery Resources (PDF/.248 Megabytes)
This tip sheet describes resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders. It also provides resources to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings.

Online Products Available for Purchase
Links to a list of training, assessment, case management, therapy, and psychoeducational resources that are available for purchase by higher education institutions to help meet the emotional wellness needs of students. These resources are not specific to COVID-19, but many may be useful additions to your current online work with students.