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CDRO Mental Health and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

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CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Resources for Community Members

Resources for Families

Resources for Persons Living with Mental Health Conditions

  • iSPARC Covid19 resources for persons living with mental health conditions.  Click here.

Resources for Providers

Resources for UMass Faculty, Staff & Trainees

UMass System Resources:

Departmental CDRO Resources:

  • Confidential Voicemail: 774-455-4697. Leave a confidential message and Dr. Mary Ahn will call you back.
  • Confidential 1:1 Meetings (Zoom or phone) with Dr. Mary Ahn. Contact Dr. Ahn at mary.ahn@umassmed.edu.
  • Informal staff mentoring meetings (Zoom or phone) with Jennifer Hitchcock.  Please send an email to Jennifer.Hitchcock@umassmed.edu
  • Wellness Zoom groups. Specifics will be sent out each Friday about activities for the following week.

iSPARC Resources:

The Communications Team develops products to share expert or research-based knowledge with different stakeholder groups for individuals with mental illness of all ages, their carers, providers, and policymakers. Early in the pandemic the Team created COVID-19 resource pages on both the iSPARC (https://www.umassmed.edu/sparc/coronavirus/) and Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (https://www.umassmed.edu/TransitionsACR/coronavirus/) websites.  These resource pages have COVID-specific articles, webinars, and tip sheets, that iSPARC is producing during the pandemic along with a Google doc that hosts outside resources for different audiences, which is updated whenever we come across other helpful COVID-19 resources.  Our Social Media Specialist has been posting our COVID-19 content and other’s COVID-19 materials on our social media platforms and by e-blasts.  The information provided or shared is specific for those with mental illness and their associated other stakeholders.  Resources from other sources are reviewed for their reliability. The materials on the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research are tailored for young people ages 16-29. One research group focuses on individuals with mental illness who are deaf, and our related products are translated into American Sign Language (ASL). This group also produces a Facebook page, that has posted pandemic-related information 2-3 times per week for this unique population https://www.facebook.com/DeafYESCenter/ The products on these websites are developed in partnership with stakeholder advisory groups; the Family Advisory Board, the Youth Advisory Board, and the DeafYES! Advisory group.

Physician Resources from PHS:

In the interest of the well-being of the broader medical community, and recognition that we are all in this together, PHS will be offering a twice weekly free and confidential ‘Virtual Self-Care Group’ to physicians in MA, facilitated by licensed PHS professionals. Groups will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays through April, from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. If interested, please email: PHS@mms.org and let us know how to reach you. In addition, PHS is always available for consultations – on the fly, or in depth, assistance with burnout and self-care techniques, and referrals. call: 781-434-7404.

Podcast series on Burnout: MedPEP, the Medical Professionals Empowerment Program


State Resources:

FrontlineMA.org is a one-stop shop for healthcare workers and first responders to get up-to-date information and resources on things such as PPE, priority testing, free/discounted meals, and housing options.