Cross-cutting Resources

Key resources to support health care systems and mental health service management during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Mental Health and COVID-19 | Resources by Population Group | Blog Series | Webinar Series

Mental Health and COVID-19: Early evidence of the pandemic’s impact: Scientific brief

This scientific brief presents current evidence regarding the mental health aspects of the pandemic and informs prevention, response and recovery efforts worldwide.

United Nations Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health

A UN policy brief calling for world leaders to integrate mental health as an essential part of their response to COVID-19

Briefing note: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (IASC)

Overarching principles, guidelines and globally recommended activities concerning mental health and psychosocial care.

Global Humanitarian Response Plan. May update (UN OCHA & IASC)

Plan addressing the risks and impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable people in countries affected by humanitarian crises.

IASC Psychosocial Support Guide for COVID-19 First-Responders Around the World

The IASC guide aims to help orient responders globally on how to integrate MHPSS into their daily COVID-19 responses

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak (WHO)

Key messages for the public, health care workers, team leaders or managers, carers, older adults and people in isolation.

MHPSS COVID-19 Toolkit (The Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Network)

Comprehensive database of resources covering a range of population groups. Updated as new resources become available.

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: Illustrated Guide with Audio Exercises (WHO)

Guide with practical skills to help cope with stress that can be used alone or with accompanying audio exercises.

Mental health & COVID-19: Updated advice, news and pubications (WHO)

Guidance and advice for health workers, people looking after children, older adults, people in isolation and members of the public.

Essential mental health service delivery during the COVID-19 outbreak (WHO Europe)

Webinar with Dr Devora Kestel, Dr Dan Chishom, Dr Antonio Lora, Dr Antonella Costantino and Dr Jose-Luis Ayuso-Mateos.

Webinar Series: Mental Health & COVID-19 (UnitedGMH, MHIN, MHPSS, The Lancet Psychiatry)

Weekly on Tuesdays at 09:00 EST; 14:00 BST; 15:00 CET; 15:00 SAST; 18:30 IST. Each session will last 45 minutes.

Addressing Mental Health in a Pandemic and Infodemic State (World Happiness Fest)

Kathryn Goetzke, Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Dr. Julian Eaton and Luis Gallardo address mental health during the pandemic (Webinar).

Addressing Human Rights as Key to the COVID-19 Response (WHO and Human Reproduction Programme)

This document brings to attention key health and human rights considerations with regards to COVID-19 pandemic.

Remote Psychological First Aid during the COVID-19 outbreak (IFRC)

Interim guidance on conducting remote Psychological First Aid (PFA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidance for mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) for COVID-19

This document provides guidance to African Union Member States on key MHPSS considerations in relation to COVID-19.


This briefing provides an overview of some of the key issues regarding mental health and COVID-19.

IASC Guidance: Operational considerations for Multisectoral MHPSS Programmes during COVID

This guidance aims to support urgent humanitarian operations in the 64 GHRP prioritized countries and beyond.

Eastern Mediterranean Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Platform

This platform offers psychological support to help you better manage the psychosocial difficulties you might be experiencing.

Ember insights into community-based mental health responses to COVID-19

Ember has created a report highlighting seven insights into community-based mental health responses to COVID-19.

WHO Report: The impact of COVID-19 on MNS services

This report of a survey completed by 130 countries during the period June-August 2020 provides information about the extent of disruption to MNS services due to COVID-19.