european psychiatric association

COVID-19 Resource Centre

This page contains links to high-quality COVID-19 resources for both health professionals and the general public.
The EPA will expand the selection to include resources in multiple languages as they become available.

EPA Recommendations

Hoping to contribute to reducing the negative psychological consequences of the pandemic, the EPA provides the following recommendations for maintaining good mental health through these difficult times:

1) Limit sources of stress: Rely on a limited number of official information sources and limit the time of the day devoted to this activity, disregarding information that comes from unofficial channels and uncontrolled sources.

2) Continue safe human and social contact: Increase communication with friends, family members and loved ones, at a distance. Video chats or group calls with family members may help to reduce loneliness and social precariousness. In case of insufficient social network, professional helplines are particularly useful, if managed by qualified trained professionals.

3) Maintain your usual rhythm: Keep a regular routine by maintaining regular sleep-wake rhythms and diet patterns. Addictive behaviours might be particularly at risk of rebound or relapses, therefore intellectual, physical and social (even if virtual) activities are encouraged.

4) Focus on the benefit of the isolation: We should indeed be conscious that these temporary isolation measures are necessary for protecting our own health and that of others.

5)  Ask for professional help when needed: Get psychiatric help if the effects of stress are becoming too invasive. Many mental health services are now equipped for providing support, emotional defusing, problem-solving strategies and psychiatric consultations at a distance.

 

Resource Centre

EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY JOURNAL

Cambridge University Press
Coronavirus Free Access Collection 

April 2020
Editorial: The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and implications for clinical practice

 

GENERAL LINKS & RESOURCES

Psychiatric and neuropsychiatric presentations associated with severe coronavirus infections: a systematic review and meta-analysis with comparison to the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet Psychiatry

Collaborative Outcomes study on Health and Functioning during Infection Times (COH-FIT) 

European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC)

World Health Organisation (WHO)
• General Advice for all from the WHO
• WHO Guidance on how to use PPE

American Center for Disease Control (CDC) 

Johns Hopkins University, 18 March 2020
Interactive map and Covid-19 resources

Harvard Business Review, 27 March 2020
Lessons from Italy’s response to Coronavirus

 

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Silvana Galderisi and Jerzy Samochowiec
Management of Psychiatric Patients with Suspected COVID-19 

Danuta Wasserman, Rutger van der Gaag, and Jan Wise
Terms ‘physical distancing’ and ‘emotional closeness’ should be used and not ‘social distancing’ when defeating the Covid-19 pandemic

The Lancet
COVID-19 Resource Centre with open-access papers

New England Journal of Medicine
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Resource Centre with open-access papers

Nature, 24 March 2020
Editorial (including links to free papers and resources)

Science
Links to free papers and resources

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Links to Covid-19 resources for clinicians

The Lancet Psychiatry, 18 February 2020
Mental health care for medical staff in China during the COVID-19 outbreak

Stat, 17 March 2020
John Ioannidis on interpreting the evidence so far

Imperial College London, 16 March 2020
Paper on modelling the pandemic spread

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
Collection of relevant COVID-19 publications, analysis of the evolving evidence base and weekly updates

 

EUROPEAN RESOURCES

Arabic language resources
Compiled by the Psychiatric Association of Turkey
• What can people older than 65 years do in order to protect their mental well-being?
• Simple Behavioural Techniques Effective in the Management of Stress
• COVID-19 and Stigmatization

Croatia
Croatian language resources:
Resources compiled by the Croatian Psychiatric Association 

English language resources:
• Recommendations for the organization of psychiatric care and psychiatric interventions during COVID-19 epidemics
• Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic – Self-help Strategies to Stay in Good Mental Health
• Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic and Psychological First Aid – Recommendations for First- liners 

Estonia
Estonian language resources:
• Psychosocial crisis action plan with other mental health organisations

English language resources:
Mental health during the emergency situation, compiled by the Estonian government

France
French language resources:
• Resources compiled by the Association of Young Psychiatrists and Young Addictionologists
• Resources regarding confinement and mental health
• Guidelines for healthy sleep rhythms during confinement
• Forensic psychiatry recommendations 
• Ensuring mental health care during the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in France: a narrative review

Germany
German language resources: 
• Resources compiled by the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
• Resources from the Ethnomedical Center
• Resources from the Federal Commission for Migration, Integration and Refugees
• Coronavirus: Tips for Mental Health, provided by the DGPPN
• Information on dealing with Covid-19 in psychiatric clinics and medical practices, provided by the DGPPN

English language resources:
• Clinical management for patients with psychiatric disorders and a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Guidance for Pan-European recommendations 
• Measures for hospital facilities in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Italy
English language resources:
Recommendations regarding Covid-19 management in mental health facilities, provided in a special supplement of Evidence Based Psychiaric Care, the journal of the Italian Psychiatric Association 

Kurdish language resources
Compiled by the Psychiatric Association of Turkey
• Guidelines for Doctors and Healthcare Professionals in Managing COVID-19 Related Fear and Anxiety
• What can people older than 65 years do in order to protect their mental well-being?
• Mental Health During COVID-19 and Coping with Stress 

Poland
Polish language resources:
Resources compiled by the Polish Psychiatric Association 

Spain
Documentation in Spanish provided by the Spanish Society of Psychiatry 
• Resources for Psychiatrists
• Resources for Tele-psychiatry
• Resources for the General Public

Turkey
Turkish language resources:
Resources compiled by the Psychiatric Association of Turkey

Kurdish language resources (compiled by the Psychiatric Association of Turkey):
• Guidelines for Doctors and Healthcare Professionals in Managing COVID-19 Related Fear and Anxiety
• What can people older than 65 years do in order to protect their mental well-being?
• Mental Health During COVID-19 and Coping with Stress

Arabic language resources (compiled by the Psychiatric Association of Turkey):
• What can people older than 65 years do in order to protect their mental well-being?
• Simple Behavioural Techniques Effective in the Management of Stress
• COVID-19 and Stigmatization

 

PATIENTS, FAMILIES, CARERS & GENERAL PUBLIC

EUFAMI
EUFAMI is an organisation whose mission is to represent all family members of persons affected by severe mental ill health at the European level so that their rights and interests are recognised and protected.

GAMIAN-Europe
The Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe (GAMIAN-Europe) is a patient-driven pan-European organisation, representing and advocating the interests and rights of persons affected by mental ill health.

• COVID-19 Resource Platform, compiled by GAMIAN-Europe

MIND
Mental health charity resources for patients and carers

Wellbeing help

Coronavirus explained by a child psychiatrist, an illustrated story for children
Available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Armenian and Russian

 

If you or those close to you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are in need of information about testing and treatment,
please approach the local health care providers in your area.
The EPA is unable to give personalised medical advice.