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Yale Stress and Resilience Town Halls

The Yale Department of Psychiatry is offering daily virtual Stress and Resilience Town Halls over Zoom during the COVID-19 crisis that are open to all faculty, residents, and staff at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health. The meetings are running for up to an hour and people can attend as frequently as they like.

These Town Halls are a way to connect, decompress, and reinforce skills to promote resilience in coping with the stress of supporting patients with COVID-19 and their families as well as in dealing with the increased work and personal demands of the pandemic. Each Town Hall will also provide attendees with information and resources about obtaining additional assistance and support. Town Halls are led by experienced professionals in the Yale Department of Psychiatry.

To date, over 106 general and dedicated Town Halls have been conducted with over 2,700 people attending. General Town Halls mostly take place Monday-Fridays and are open to all; these are on hold at this time. Dedicated Town Halls for departments, sections, affiliated institutions, and specific groups are ongoing. Please contact Susan Florio at or Jacob Tebes at if you are interested in scheduling a dedicated Town Hall.

Counseling and Mental Health Services

All Yale employees can use the Yale University Employee Assistance Program through Magellan Health. Call 1-800-327-9240

All Yale New Haven Health-YNHHS employees can use The Employee and Family Resources Program. Call 1-877-275-6226

Care for the Caregivers (Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Health)

Professional Support Provider Services

Yale Department of Psychiatry and Yale Child Study Center faculty volunteers are offering 1:1 time-limited confidential consultation to any Yale Medicine or YNHH healthcare provider, administrator, or support staff or their family member during the COVID-19 disaster.

Professional Support Provider Services Form

Domestic Violence Resources

People who are surviving violence in their relationships and families may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing measures during the Coronavirus pandemic. Survivors often have specific needs around safety, health and confidentiality.

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence/FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE

Warm Lines

Telephone support services staffed by people who have experience/expertise with mutual support. These lines are not crisis lines and the days/hours of operation vary.

Additional Information About Stress and Resilience Available on Various National Websites

American Psychiatric Association
Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health & Well-Being
APA Coronavirus Resources

American Psychological Association
A Kid's Guide to the Coronavirus
Advice for Newly Remote Workers
Building Your Resilience
Pandemics: General Resources
Podcast: Understanding Coronavirus Anxiety

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Emergency Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself
Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
Reducing Stigma

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Warm Lines Directory: Warm Lines are telephone support services staffed by people who have experience/expertise with mutual support. These lines are not crisis lines and the days/hours of operation vary.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents

National Council on Aging
Encouraging older adults to stay active and safe during the coronavirus pandemic

National Public Radio (NPR)
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

New York Times
8 Ways to Set Boundaries Between Work and Kids

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and Español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746 SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746
TTY: 1-800-846-8517
SAMHSA Alcohol/Substance Abuse Virtual Recovery Resources
Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Uniformed Services University Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Finding the Right Words to Talk with Children and Teens about Coronavirus

Educational Video
"How Our Brains React to Uncontrollable Stress" Created by Amy F.T. Arnsten, PhD, Kent Professor of Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine

World Health Organization
Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19

Yale Mood Disorders Research Program
Tips for Coping Strategies During the Time of COVID-19

Yale New Haven Health
Keeping Kids Happy and Healthy at Home
Videos for how to talk to your kids about what’s happening in the world