CUNY SPS: COVID-19 Information for Nurses

General COVID-19 Mental Health Related Articles

Bao, Y., Sun, Y., Meng, S., Shi, J., & Lu, L. (2020). 2019-nCoV epidemic: Address mental health care to empower society. The Lancet, 395(10224), e37–e38.
CDC. (2020, February 11). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How to keep coronavirus fears from affecting your mental health. CNN. Retrieved April 8, 2020, from
Cleveland Clinic. Coping With COVID-19: 6 Tips to Protect Your Mental Health When You’re Sick. (2020, April 8). Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic.
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Faraz, O. by D. S. (n.d.). Health care workers face a mental health crisis. CNN. Retrieved April 8, 2020, from
Hou, C.-Y. (2020, April 7). The psychological effects of coronavirus quarantine and what you can do about it [Text]. TheHill.
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Why your mental health may be suffering in the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020, March 19). PBS NewsHour.



Well-being Resources From AANA

From: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists:

Mental and Emotional Well-being and Stress

If you have a mental health condition, maintain your therapy and any prescription medicine schedule and watch for effect of stress for adjustments when needed.

Visit AANA Emotional and Mental Well-Being for additional content.

Physical Well-being

Visit AANA Physical Well-Being for additional content

Financial/Employment Related Stress

Giving Back

Conversation Tips to Help Support a Colleague

Whether you’re isolated or actively working, reach out within your personal network of family, friends, colleagues, and members of your community. Mental health professionals recommend seeking emotional support such as from peers or self-help groups. Your peers are colleagues in your workplace or CRNA or other healthcare friends, near and far. Talk about your COVID-19 feelings and fears and listen to each other.  Share reliable information and resources, and how you’re finding balance in this stressful time. 

  • Let your colleague share their experience.
  • Listen, be patient, and allow for silence.
  • Express appreciation for sharing.
  • Tell them you care about them.
  • Reflect, interpret, and summarize.
  • Honor their feelings.
  • Discuss some coping strategies.
  • Do they have a support system? Is it accessible?
  • Share resources or ideas.
  • Verify if they are going to be okay, when in doubt talk about sources for professional help.
  • If you feel they are at risk of self-harm, ask directly if they are thinking about suicide.
    • If the response is yes, take them seriously. Ensure someone is with them and aware of their thoughts. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741

Sources: Betsy Lehman Center, How to Support A Colleague; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: When Someone is at Risk

Talk with Someone: When to Seek Professional Help

When feelings or symptoms affect your ability to function, seek professional advice and therapy. Options include: 

If thoughts turn to harming yourself, call American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s HOTLINE: 800-273-TALK. See also 

Healthcare Leadership Support for Clinician Well-being

Substance use disorder (SUD) and COVID-19's potential influence:

For alcohol/other drug related concerns, please see and know help if available when needed: Reach out to the AANA Peer Assistance Helpline 800-654-5167 for 24/7 live confidential s

Articles from the Frontline



Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources for Nurses from ANA

From: American Nurses Association:

Mental Health Resources for Nurses Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic


National Life- and Helplines