Coping for Everyone

This page is for those seeking support who are not therapists include tips on coping skills for self-regulation (e.g. meditation, safe space imagery), links to web-based tools (e.g. Headspace, podcasts, etc.), and tools to help find a therapist.

This collection of resources, gathered by NESTTD members and friends, stems from various local, national, and international sources of research, clinical care, and public health teams. Resource lists will be updated regularly. We welcome you to use and share these resources for the benefit of you and your loved ones.

Table of Contents:

Feel free to just scroll down the page but if you are looking to quickly get what you are after browse the table of contents below and click what you are interested in to be brought to the relevant part of the page.

For Adults and General Health/Safety


Healthcare Distress

Partners Healthcare COVID-19 (open to the public): 617-724-7000
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
Massachusetts Department of Public Health: 617-624-6000

    Domestic Violence

    National Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-799-7233

    SafeLink (24/7 Crisis Hotline): 877-785-2020

    Online Domestic Violence hotline 

    Boston Area Rape Crisis Center: 800-841-8371

    Online Support Groups

    Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous (OIAA)

    The Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous (OIAA) is a service entity that operates on behalf of Online AA groups worldwide. The OIAA Meeting Directory features hundreds of meetings in an various formats, in many languages, happening 24/7. To browse a directory of meetings click here. To contact someone for help with a drinking problem click here. To browse online resources about how Online AA meetings work, what options are available, how to run one, and how to make the most out of them, click here.


    Electronic meetings, like all Al‑Anon meetings, offer help and hope to anyone who is affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend.

    Narcotics Anonymous

    Bringing Narcotics Anonymous Meetings to Remote or Isolated Addicts from around the world who may, for whatever reason, be unable to attend local face to face meetings. To browse a directory of meetings click here. To contact someone for help with a drug problem click here

    Courses on Resiliency for Youth

    COVID-19, and its associated life disruptions have had significant impact on the psychological well-being of children and adolescents. Youth are experiencing several acute stressors, including the shuttering of schools, social distancing and limited social connection, loss of daily structure, and worries about family health, finances, and the future. Drawing from well-established, evidence-based interventions to manage stress and build resilience in children and adolescents, the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine is offering Resilient Youth workshops to youth in the Partners Healthcare network and to children of Partners employees.

    General Health/Safety


    Guide for COVID-19 Resources

    Coronavirus Anxiety - Helpful Expert Tips

    SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association)

    Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation

    McLean Hospital

    5 Ways To Reduce Anxiety During COVID-19 Outbreak

    US Veterans Affairs

    National Center for PTSD: Managing Stress Associated with COVID-19

    Stress First Aid Self-Care

    American Psychological Association

    Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe
    With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, psychologists offer insights on how to separate yourself from others, while still getting the social support you need.

    Seven Crucial Research Findings That Can Help People Deal with COVID-19
    Psychological research on past crises can help people cope with the daily — sometimes hourly — news flashes about the coronavirus.

    Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus

    Tips to help you manage anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook.

    Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety
    In this podcast episode, psychologist Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, explains why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined.

    Coronavirus Threat Escalates Fears—and Bigotry
    Psychologists look to their research to help quell anxiety about a possible pandemic.

    Public Places Soundtracks 

    Try one of these soothing recordings

    American Psychiatric Association

    Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    During an infectious disease outbreak, the recommendations in this article are helpful for all people and their families.

    World Health Organization

    Mental Health and Psycho social Support

    Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

    WHO Risk Communication: Information Network for Epidemics

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    Mental Health & COVID-19

    AFSP offers tools help you to spread positive messages of hope, compassion, mental health care, and suicide prevention. Tools include advice and guidance, social sharing, public messages, and resources & programs. 

    Case Western Reserve University

    COVID-19 Community Offerings

    Practitioners, teachers, and providers locally and nationally have volunteered their time and their labor to lead our community in a variety of virtual practices, workshops, and classes, free of charge. Offerings include mindful painting, group singing, yoga, and self-massage.

    Karunavirus Responding with compassion

    Karuna is a Sanskrit word for compassion, and the intent of is to amplify the voice of our collective compassion -- by featuring news articles of everyday people choosing love over fear. We feel that the remarkable acts of courageous kindness we are now seeing will far outlive the virus, and if enough of us presence it in our consciousness, it just might shape new possibilities for our future.

    Virtual Survivor Support Workshops

    Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

    This is a link to a video workshop series for survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. The video sessions explore self-care, coping, and connection for survivors as we navigate the COVID-19 public health crisis.

    For First Responders

    Coping Materials and Online Support


    Coping for First Responders

    First Responder Center for Excellence

    Improving First Responder Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Headspace (free with NPI)

    Headspace download

    Dr. Jarero's Self Care Video For Frontline Workers

    Watch Here

    TCTSY: Trauma Sensitive Yoga for First Responders

    Free Online Sessions

    Ten Percent Happier: Free Access to Healthcare Workers

    Click this link for free access and use all features, including meditations, talks, and other wellness support.

    Remember to contact your employer's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for short-term therapeutic support!

    For Children and Families

    Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

    Addressing the Psychological and Emotional Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Children, Families and Healthcare Staff

    Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

    Supporting Your Homebound Children

    Taking Care of Your Family

    McLean Hospital

    Caring For Your Mental Health Despite the Coronavirus


    Stress busting playbook

    Sesame Street

    Caring For Each Other - With Elmo

    The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly: The Coronavirus and Me:  Children's book by Ana Gomez 

    YouTube video of storybook reading

    Key-Key the Monkey and the Coronavirus Intruder


    Simplified Chinese

    Traditional Chinese

    “Key-Key the monkey doesn’t like the social distancing of COVID-19. He learns to cope with the help of his parents. This story can help give children a platform to talk about COVID-19 and discuss their feelings about the many changes in life that it has brought about.”  The video has no audio. It's intent is for parents to read along with their children.  This is an electronic online book written by Dr. Ed Wang, the former Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at DMH and his wife.  There is no narration as the book was designed to be read by a caregiver to a child and facilitate a conversation.   Dr. Wang has provided Chinese versions of the book as well and a Spanish version will be posted soon.  

    My Epidemic Story

    My Epidemic Story

    A guided workbook for kids, families, teachers, and caregivers.

    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

    Parent/Caregiver Guide to Coping with COVID-19En Español

    Simple Activities for Kids and Teens

    Fact Sheet: Taking Care of Yourself

    MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

    7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic


    Talking To Your Kids About Coronavirus

    Courses on Resiliency for Youth

    Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH

    COVID-19, and its associated life disruptions have had significant impact on the psychological well-being of children and adolescents. Youth are experiencing several acute stressors, including the shuttering of schools, social distancing and limited social connection, loss of daily structure, and worries about family health, finances, and the future. Drawing from well-established, evidence-based interventions to manage stress and build resilience in children and adolescents, the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine is offering Resilient Youth workshops to youth in the Partners Healthcare network and to children of Partners employees.

    Podcasts, Videos, and Other Digital Media

    Death, Sex, & Money Podcast

    Pandemic Toolkit

    KQED and NPR

    To Be Asian With a Face Mask During the Coronavirus Outbreak 

    Truth Be Told Podcast (of KQED and NPR)

    'Rona and Racism Episode 

    Advice show by and for people of color with special episode (and additional links to further listening/reading) on the intersection of racism and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dr. Jud's Coronavirus Anxiety Daily Update

    Dr. Jud's update 

    The Trauma Therapist Project (Interviews with Bruce Perry and Peter Levine) 


    Happiness Lab Podcast, Coronavirus Bonus

    Happiness Lab

    Resilience in Challenging Times

    A Care Package from the Sounds True Podcast Community

    Preventing PTSD 

    Youtube Video

    Ten Percent Happier Podcast 

    Ten Percent Happier

    Checking In with Susan David 

    Checking In

    Mindfulness, Meditation, and Movement


    Cambridge Health Alliance: Daily Free Live-Online Community Practice

    Live Online Community Practice

    The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is offering free guided daily online practices. Over 20 teachers are offering sessions in mindful movement; bringing kindness to our stress, anxiety, grief and fear; supporting caregiving during this difficult time, and expressing appreciation and love for each other.

      JP Centre Yoga: Donation-Based Live Online Yoga Classes

      Live Online Classes

      JP Centre Yoga is offering daily live-streamed classes that are available via sliding scale payment (pay anywhere between $0 up to our regular drop-in rate of $20.) These classes are held by instructors over Zoom.

        Well Within

        Be Well Within

        Well Within is a Facebook Group that teaches you about how to move your body to stretch your limbs, be kind to your back and reduces anxiety.

        Tricycle - The Buddhist Review

        Online Meditation Sessions

        In response to this time of heightened anxiety and isolation due to the COVID–19 heath crisis, Tricycle is offering free virtual meditations from some of their most beloved teachers, including Jack Kornfield, Pema Chödrön, Sharon Salzberg, Mindy Newman, and Koshin Paley Ellison. These sessions are live and free to all. The calls will be hosted on Zoom and will feature a talk and guided practice led one of the teachers. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of each call.

        Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

        Self-Compassion Core Skills

        The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion has a variety of online resources. Most notably are the free daily 45 minute online meditations the are held in English, Spanish and Cantonese, these meditations are being held everyday until May 17th. They also have blog posts on practicing self-compassion while enduring a pandemic.

        Pandemic Care by Tara Brach

        Free Guided Meditation

        While it’s natural to feel fear during times of great collective crisis, our challenge is that fear easily takes over our lives. Mindfulness and compassion practices can help us find an inner refuge, and deepen our loving connection with each other. Pandemic Care by Tara Brach has a list of talks and guided meditations that will support you through these difficult times.

        Ten Percent Happier: Coronavirus Sanity

        Free Guided Meditation

        Ten Percent Happier has a variety of content for talking about and handling the stress and anxiety associated with COVID 19. Rather than ignore the situation we are in, or escape it, ten percent happier seeks to help people root themselves in things that can actionably do, such as grounding yourself and feeling less isolated through guided meditation. It has a variety of content on the site from talks to guided meditation, podcasts and more.



        Headspace is a mindfulness app that will help you learn to manage feelings and thoughts with the lifelong skill of everyday mindfulness, any time of the day.


        It is the only meditation app dedicated to empowering the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community on their journey to find inner peace.


        Balance is a meditation app focused on growth through a personalized meditation audio program.

        Sanvello: free and premium versions

        Sanvello is an ecosystem of clinically validated techniques for feeling better. Through a variety of methods from self-guided meditation to live therapy sessions Sanvello offers resources for everyone across a spectrum of needs and personal challenges.

        Down Dog Yoga

        With Down Dog Yoga you just need to select your time, level, focus, voice, and music, and Down Dog will create a unique, personalized yoga practice every time.


        With Evermind you get access to practical tools to help you handle stress with science from the comfort of your smartphone. Build your resilience with evidence-based activities and programs carefully curated by their team of skilled mental health professionals.

        Simple Habit: free for those who can not afford to pay due to coronavirus

        A Letter from the Founder and CEO

        Simple Habit is a meditation and mindfulness app. They have a variety of resources including a blog on their website with helpful articles and have created specific resources for managing stress and anxiety in the this time of COVID 19.

        Please Note: NESTTD has not reviewed all of the content of the websites and/or resources which might be linked here and is not responsible for the contents of any of them. The inclusion of a link to an organization’s website does not constitute an endorsement of that organization, or recommendation of the content, resources, information, products, or services contained in the website.

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