Resources for the General Public

Colorado Psychiatric Society
COVID-19 Resource List for the General Public

UPDATED on July 1, 2020


Key Resources

CDC Website on COVID-19

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment COVID-19

Governor’s Facebook Page

REGION 8 HHS and FEMA COVID-19 RESOURCE DOCUMENT.pdf (download) (6-15-20) *NEW resource* (added 6-24-20)


Self-care Resources

FACE COVID”​ (Dr. Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap) -  Practical steps based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
F = Focus on what’s in your control
A = Acknowledge your thoughts & feelings
C = Come back into your body
E = Engage in what you’re doing

C = Committed action
O = Opening up
V = Values
I = Identify resources
D = Disinfect & distance

Rad Resilience - Nikita Gupta Workshop Self-Care Toolkit (download)

Washington Post - Adaptability may be your most essential skill in the covid-19 world. Here's how to cultivate it. (5-26-20)

Washington Post -  Losing your motivation to exercise as the pandemic drags on? Here’s how to get it back (5/12/20)

Take a Self-Compassion Break

Headspace - Headspace Plus is now FREE for every unemployed person in the US. An app for users to discover meditation and mindfulness tools to help feel less stressed, more resilient, and kinder to yourself.

Stuck at Home? How to Find Awe and Beauty Indoors - During quarantine, you can gain a sense of perspective by discovering what's wondrous in the clutter of your home.

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

“Virtual room of Refuge” - lots of different options offered, such as meditation, music, humor, stretches…

NYT - When can I see my grandkids (or, for that matter, my grandparents or aging parents)? (5-20-20)

NYT - Tired of WFH neck or back pain? These three stretches may help.

HealthFlix - a series of free online classes from international leaders in health, wellbeing, psychology and lifestyle, designed to help us all cope in this time of global crisis and beyond.

VA - New FREE COVID Coach app available - If you’re feeling worried or anxious about your health, safety, loved ones, finances or uncertainty about the future, you are not alone. The new COVID Coach app can help you learn about self-care and improve your mental health during this difficult time.

Mental Health Colorado - FREE resources for self-care

Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health & Well-Being - The Center for Workplace Mental Health, an APA Foundation initiative, has a new employer resource on maintaining your mental health and well-being while working remotely, what to do if you have a mental health condition, and tips for managers and HR professionals on staying connected and supporting employees during this challenging time.

12 Ideas for Writing Through the Pandemic With The New York Times A dozen writing projects — including journals, poems, comics and more.

Kevin MD - During this terrible pandemic, let’s make compassion go viral

How COVID-19 Layoffs Broke My Confidence, and How Starting a Greenhouse Brought It Back (6-16-20)

The Atlantic - The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic “How to Build a Life” is a new column that aims to give you the tools you need to construct a life that feels whole and meaningful.

Ten Percent Happier - Free Access to Ten Percent Happier app for Warehouse Employees, Teachers, Healthcare, Grocery, and Food Delivery Workers

Resilient Colorado - Mindful Minute Cards a collection of printable cards (click the link to print cards front and back) to guide you in brief mindfulness practices.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - ‘Be Gentle’: How to Stay Healthy Emotionally During Social Isolation (6-2-20)

Feeling hopeless? There are things you can do to create and maintain hope in a post-coronavirus world (6-16-20)


Colorado Specific Resources

PATIENTS - COVID-19 Updates & Resources (download) - Comprehensive list of resources, including general information, healthcare resources, information on community mental health centers, crisis services, mental health/substance use online support groups, low-income technology resources, food/housing/financial assistance and more.

Stay Healthy at Home Using Virtual Care - Governor Polis Telehealth Update - The state is making it easier for Coloradans to get care - visit

CPHP - Comprehensive list of general resources for coping with the current COVID 19 situation in CO

303 Magazine - A Master Guide to Mental Health Resources In and Around Denver (6-18-20)

A Colorado Tenant’s Guide to COVID-19

Food pantry schedule - A listing (download) of over 30 Denver food pantries with hours and contact information. Call 211 to locate additional resources or to confirm information is current.

CDPHE - NEW Statewide Resource: OnwardCO - One-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar - Colorado House Public Healthcare and Human Services Committee and several behavioral health experts from across the state discuss why behavioral health is so critical during COVID-19 and what this pandemic means for our state moving forward. Hosted by Colorado Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet.


Reopening and How to Stay Safe

NEJM - Challenges of “Return to Work” in an Ongoing Pandemic (6-18-20)

If you want to protest, how can you protect yourself from the coronavirus while doing so? An infectious-disease physician shares advice on how to demonstrate in crowds of thousands and do your part to limit the spread at the same time.

PsychNews - Asian American Hate Incidents: A Co-occurring Epidemic During COVID-19 (6-1-20) How to Handle an Attack or Threat - For People Who Feel at Risk and For Witnesses

Washington Post - What to know about the coronavirus and summertime activities (6-20-20) Is it possible to safely see friends again? How to have a judgment-free conversation about it. (5-28-20). Also see Washington Post: Four Concepts to Assess your Personal Risk as the U.S. Reopens (5-21-20), NEJM -“Is It Safe for Me to Go to Work?” Risk Stratification for Workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic (5-26-20), and CDC - People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19.

NPR - Is It Safe To Go To The Beach? Camp? Eat Out? Here's How To Evaluate The Risks (5-23-2020)

Westword - What If I Hate Masks? Top 20 COVID Covering Questions, Expert Answers (6-19-20)

NYT - How to Navigate Your Community Reopening? Remember the Four C’s - Close contact, confined spaces, crowds, choices — these are the considerations to ponder now. Also see this video on the Japanese model to Prevent the Spread: Avoid “Three Cs” to prevent infection.

KFF - What Options Exist If You’ve Lost Job-based Health Insurance? (Video) (6-17-20)

HuffPost -Why You’re Having Anxiety Over Lockdown Ending, And How To Cope As coronavirus restrictions lift and states begin to reopen, therapists say there are things you can do to manage your anxiety and stress about the transition. (6-10-20)

PBS - This chart can help you weigh coronavirus risks this summer

NYT - 5 Rules to Live By During a Pandemic

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Back to Work Safely guidance for retail stores, restaurants, hair and nail salons, construction sites, small offices, gyms and workout facilities, in home services, and ride shares.

Washington Post - Poor mental health and isolation can take a toll on your immune system. (3-31-20)

CDPHE - Guidance for Coloradans on Places of worship (updated 6-4-20) and Outdoor recreation (updated 6-6-20)

CDC - Protect Yourself When Running Errands

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released six "decision trees" to help businesses, workplaces, schools, camps, transit, and other communities decide whether it is safe to reopen


Resources for Families and Children

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Common reactions by age group and the best ways to respond (download)

How To Care For Your Kids' Mental Health During The COVID-19 Pandemic (download)

Parenting amid COVID-19_ Expert tips on how to help kids at home (download)

The Smithsonian, in collaboration with Science for Global Goals, is providing a resource on COVID-19 to help young people understand the disease and how to keep safe, and it will address mental health concerns possibly caused by the pandemic. There are different versions for grade levels 3-8 and it is available in over 15 languages.

Consider these ways to reframe COVID-19 to speak with youth and manage stress and anxiety - short article by CCAPS member Chris Thurstone

New video from CCAPS and Smart CO: Tips for Parents about Healthy Behavior Modeling in Challenging Times -  In response to a surge in marijuana sales, the Colorado Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Society partnered with Smart Colorado to create a video with helpful tips for parents. See the interview with CAP Fellow Steven Solomon here.

NYT - School’s Out. Parental Burnout Isn’t Going Away and Eight families on the brink of collapse share how they’ll fill their kids’ days. (6-23-20)

NPR - What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns (6-24-20)

CDPHE - Outdoor visitation guidance for residential care facilities

NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide (La Guía COVID-19)

Four tips for parents and caregivers when talking to their children - video by COACT Colorado (a program of OBH, in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Partners for Children’s Mental Health and the Kempe Center) on how to better understand what children are feeling during the pandemic and ways parents and caregivers can teach valuable coping skills during the crisis.

American Academy of Pediatrics - Talking to and Supporting Children During a Pandemic - This webinar discusses effective communication strategies for clinicians in general and specifically ways to talk to and support children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies to help parents communicate with their children are also included.

NYT - As Playgrounds Start to Reopen, Here’s How to Keep Kids Safe (6-11-20)

The Hospitalist - COVID-19: Use these strategies to help parents with and without special needs children (6-5-20)

Bingo Card 1 and Bingo Card 2 for Youth - To encourage youth to do their part, CDPHE has put together stay-at-home BINGO cards to fill out and post in Instagram or Facebook Stories, using the hashtags #DoingMYPARTCO and #InActionHero.

Depression Center: Parent Support Through the Corona Virus – An online parenting support group to help parents in our community as they cope with the pandemic, home schooling, and other causes of anxiety. Archived videos available here.

Will the Pandemic Have a Lasting Effect on My Kids? - Research on wars, natural disasters, and other crises reveals how to protect our children’s mental health (5-18-2020)

4 Life Skills Parents Can Teach Kids Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic Yes, kids are missing out on so much right now. But they're also learning some pretty big life lessons during lockdown (04/23/2020)

While the stay-at-home order is critical for fighting COVID-19, it also can make an already unsafe situation even more volatile. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day in more than 200 languages at 1-800-799-SAFE or text LOVEIS to 22522. This national hotline will connect you to local resources. They can help you plan to stay safe no matter what your situation is, even if you can't leave. Also see Violence Free Colorado list of Domestic Violence Programs in Colorado.

Explore the Outdoors! 8 Outdoor Activities That Are Good for Your Family’s Mind and Body

AACAP - How to Prepare for a Video Appointment with Your Mental Health Clinician (download)

Washington Post - 5 pieces of advice to help manage postpartum depression during coronavirus (5-25-20)

Times are Strange, but Uncertainty is Nothing New: Managing COVID-19 When You or a Loved One Has OCD by CPS’s Rachel Davis (6-16-20)

Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times (UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Autism Team) (download)


Activities for Adults, Families and Children

Get your art fix by perusing over 400 art pieces at Denver Public Art, exploring Denver Art Museum's online archives or taking a virtual tour of the 2019 Natura Obscura exhibit at the Museum of Outdoor Arts.

My Pandemic Story – A Guided Activity Workbook for the World’s Children, Families, Teachers and Caregivers (download)

Denver Post - Colorado-themed coloring pages

Right Now I am Fine – coping coloring book for kids (download)

Let Daniel Radcliffe read you (or your kids) a chapter from the first “Harry Potter” book.

Denver Public Library’s 2020 Maker Challenge - Share what you're making at home with us and automatically enter to win a $50 gift card to an awesome local business! From April 3- August 8, a winner from each Denver Public Library branch will be randomly selected and notified at the end of each month.

Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.

NYT - Your 2020 Virtual Pride Guide

NYT - Marvel at this footage of 64,000 green turtles migrating in Australia.

NYT - Take a walk through nature with photographers at One Foot in Front of the Other - How A Daily Walk Helps Us Cope or tour the Brooklyn Bridge with the NYT architecture critic.

NYT’s Modern Love - Why Are All the Exes Texting? Not since The New York Post said I was dead have so many friends and lovers checked in on me.

Santa Cruz Public Library - Art "Quilt" for Virtual Community - Make a piece of art in any medium, 2D or 3D, and submit a square image for inclusion by July 31st.

David Sedaris, Dressed Up With Nowhere to Go - David Sedaris, the author and humorist, has been in lockdown just like the rest of us. With two books in the works but all plans on hold, the writer is pacing New York City and destroying his friends on Fitbit, the physical-activity-recording device. (6-20-20)


NEW SECTION! Racial and Ethnic Minority Community Issues

Reimagining Self-Care for Black Folks - Kelechi Ubozoh provides a space for discussing mental health for the Black community. She writes, "I am a Black woman in deep pain. I’m watching the ongoing violence against my community and knowing that we are also dying at higher rates from this virus. What can we do about promoting our own healing?" (6-4-20)

Servicios de la Raza (Denver) has a behavioral health clinic providing English and Spanish outpatient and substance abuse services for underserved and uninsured communities of color.

Denver Indian Health and Family Services (Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas and Jefferson Counties) is Denver’s only Urban Indian Health Program that offers behavioral and mental health, substance abuse and integrated care to American Indian and Alaskan Native adults, families and children.

Asian Pacific Development Center (Aurora, service statewide) is home to a behavioral health clinic for Asian adults, adolescents, seniors and children. Current clients are from Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam among other countries. This organization also offers resources for immigrants and refugees.

From the Heart Enterprises (Denver) – From The Heart Enterprises offers supportive mental health programs and resources for Black men, youth and families and engages through community events and educational seminars.

Therapy for Black Girls is an online search tool for providers and mental health resources for Black women.

KevinMD - Mental health among Asian American health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic (6-22-20)

Black Women’s Health Imperative - includes articles like Managing Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

Colorado Health Institute - Informal Caregivers — Especially Those from Communities Of Color — Are Getting Left Behind


Learn More about COVID-19

The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them

The New Yorker - Advice for the workplace - Atul Gawande explains how businesses can minimize the virus’s spread when they reopen by copying what hospitals are doing with their employees.

Vanity Fair: If 80% of Americans Wore Masks, COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet, New Study Says

World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

FEMA Rumor Control

COVID-19 Quiz Social distancing. Herd immunity. Flattening the curve. With so much information coming out daily about the coronavirus and COVID-19, it’s hard to keep up, but important to know the facts. Test your knowledge, and share this quiz with family, friends and colleagues.

Washington Post - Your questions, answered - My father was a healthy, 96-year-old senior with a robust social life at his assisted-living home. Now, after 60 days of total isolation, he is a depressed, run-down, lonely shell of his former self with no quality of life and no end in sight. Is this really the best way to handle this pandemic in our senior communities? How can people help?”— Lynn (5/12/20)

3-D simulation helps show why distancing is so important

CDC - Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

No-Sew Pleated Face Mask with Handkerchief and Hair Tie

Wall Street Journal - What to Put in a Covid-19 Emergency Home-Care Kit

Video using black paint to illustrate good handwashing


Substance Use Resources

NIDA - How is COVID-19 impacting people in recovery or with a substance use disorder? Watch a short animation from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Send a free recovery greeting card (part of OBH’s Lift The Label opioid anti-stigma campaign).

S.AF.E. Virtual Music Festival on May 8th - SAFE is a Colorado-based recovery community organization committed to showing people how to be healthy and mentally strong. S.AF.E. provides sober sections and sober tailgates at events that are not traditionally sober. You can also enjoy a 76 songs playlist.

Alcoholics Anonymous is hosting online meetings

The Washington Post - Alcoholics Anonymous, struggling to reach new members during the shutdown, expects a surge (6-12-20)

Virtual Narcotics Anonymous Meetings


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