Additional materials and COVID-19-related content recommended by our UMB experts:
UMB Institutes and Centers
Institute of Human Virology (IHV)
Featured expert Robert Gallo, MD, is the co-founder and director of IHV. It is the first center in the United States — perhaps the world — to combine the disciplines of basic science, epidemiology, and clinical research in a concerted effort to speed the discovery of diagnostics and therapeutics for a wide variety of chronic and deadly viral and immune disorders — most notably HIV, the cause of AIDS.
National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH)
NCSMH has been funded since 1995 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote the integration of mental health supports in schools across the nation. NCSMH conducts research and training and creates policy and practice to advance school mental health in the United States. NCSMH has supported states, districts, schools, educators, students, and families during COVID-19, including compiling several COVID-19 resources related to mental health in schools.
The Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute)
The Institute is committed to building research-based, innovative, sustainable, and transformative child- and family-serving systems, services, and workforce capacity in partnership with government agencies; provider, community, and family- and youth-run organizations; and other leaders and stakeholders to integrate systems and improve outcomes for and with children, youth, and families.
Center for Global Engagement (CGE)
The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s CGE is the campus hub for interprofessional global health and education. CGE supports the University’s mission to improve the human condition globally through teaching, research, and service. CGE accomplishes its mission by supporting the individual schools on campus with their global activities, as well as several supporting innovative programs open to students and faculty from all schools — including our Interprofessional Global Grant Program, the GLOBALtimore Fellows program, and the President’s Global Impact Fund. These hallmark programs support creative faculty scholarship, curricular innovation, and collaborative partnerships with international colleagues and communities. CGE also hosts the UMB Global Newsletter, as well as lecture series, workshops, and conferences on global education and ethics. CGE’s Office of International Services provides support services to international students and scholars who come to UMB from around the world and programs that raise global and intercultural awareness among all UMB students and scholars.
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
Your emotional health and well-being are a priority, especially during times of crisis. The following is a list of curated resources from reputable sources to support your mental health. You will find helpful information and practical strategies for managing anxiety, reducing stress, improving your sleep, and calming your mind. We also provide resources for immediate mental health support.
We want you to know that your mental health matters. You are not alone. There is help available. Please reach out for support. Together we will get through this.
Mental Health and COVID-19
The Maryland Psychological Association created a dedicated hub for mental health and COVID-19. The page includes resources on COVID-19 and information and tools supporting your mental health and the mental health of those around you.
Frequently Asked Questions on Mental Health, Mental Illness, and COVID-19
The National Alliance on Mental Illness created a document to help guide individuals who have specific questions about their mental health situations.
American Psychological Association (APA) Resources on Pandemics
The American Psychological Association has a dedicated webpage for information on dealing with pandemics for health care professionals, educators, parents, and caregivers. It includes information on mental health, safety, preparedness, and working remotely.
How to Deal with Coronavirus Anxiety
This WikiHow website provides helpful information on how to stay calm during a coronavirus outbreak, including developing a realistic mindset, managing your feelings, and protecting yourself from infection.
Meditations and Calming Exercises
This website from Calm.com provides a treasure trove of free guided meditations, music, movement, bedtime stories, mindfulness exercises, and brief talks from experts to help calm anxiety, reduce stress, and improve restful sleep. There also are meditations for children.
Mental Health Resources for Immediate Response
Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies and COVID-19.
Crisis Text Line
Text MHA to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained crisis counselor. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.
UNICEF’s COVID-19 Information Center
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF’s COVID-19 Information Center provides the latest COVID-19 news and resources, as well as tips to protect you and your family.