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Resources for the Public

Below are some therapy resources for COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus.  These resources (as well as the comments) have been submitted by ACBS members.

ACT and anxiety for organisations - Yesterday for the first time a client asked me (Robb Archer) to write something for their 200k (!) employees about ACT per se. They wanted something about anxiety and this is what I pulled together.

o Dutch Translation

• ACT Companion: The Happiness Trap App - available free of charge for the next few months. Just download the app from the Apple app store or Google Play store and then enter the code TOGETHER on the subscription page to unlock all the app content for three months. The code is valid until the end of June. Please feel free to share this code with all your colleagues, clients, friends, family or anyone you think would benefit. NB: Unfortunately the app is not compatible with the latest version of Android, so may not be supported on some newer Android devices.

ACT and Cornavirus prevention blog post (Brazilian Portugese)

ACT Mindfully products - completely free of charge for the next few months.

o Mindfulness Skills Vol 1 - these are ‘ACT classics’ - e.g. leaves on a stream, mindful breathing
o Mindfulness Skills Vol 2 - more challenging exercises - e.g. long body scan, pure awareness
o The Reality Slap – Exercises & Meditations Self-compassion, loving-kindness and mindful grounding exercises

ACT Video Series and Exercises on Coping with COVID-19 -  a video series and exercises on how the six core processes of ACT apply to coping with COVID-19. It is geared especially to those who are on the front lines.

An Acceptance And Commitment Therapy Approach To Coping With COVID-19 For Healthcare Workers - A podcast with Joe Tatta and Julie Hamilton.

• Checking In With Susan David (a podcast) - ACT-consistent resource that may be helpful to your clients: a podcast developed with TED on how to deal with tough emotions during this pandemic.

o Loneliness in the era of COVID - Susan just released a dialogue Steve Hayes had with her on loneliness in the era of COVID.

Coping with Coronavirus-Related Anxiety: Free Webinar - lots of ACT-related advice shared in a free webinar on how to deal with coronavirus-related anxiety and other challenges. Jonathan Kaplan, Anne Marie Albano, Dean McKay, and Rebecca Sachs discuss the following:

o Coping with uncertainty and anxiety
o Continuing to live a purposeful and meaningful life
o Practicing proactive resilience to counter potential feelings of sadness, depression, and helpless
o Balancing “being on vacation” and maintaining structure/ and consistency in parenting
o Maintaining social contact and strengthening relationships with the people you’re living with (even in small spaces)!

"Coping with Crisis" - Free app with psychological tools to help support you in these times of crisis. We have created three themes that all have a mini-course with three lessons (with option to do in small video-sharing groups), exercises and meditations. It is available for anyone for free. Feel free to use yourself, recommend to clients or friends if you find useful.

COVID & ACT video - a short video for the public about staying mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes the 6 ACT processes.

• Covid Coach - a mobile app designed to help people stay sane, connected, and cope with stress, navigate parenting and care-taking, find resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Covid Coach is free, secure, evidence-in formed, federally-funded by US intended for everyone and developed by staff at National Center for PTSD.  You'll find the Apple version here.  The Android version is available here.

•COVID Resources for Fire Service Members - Zachary Isoma shared mindfulness exercises specific for fire service members called Internal Situational Awareness Training (iSAT). He created a quick tips and resources guide for dealing with COVID stress as a firefighter. Feel free to download, print, and distribute. He also attached a free resource guide on dealing with stress provided by Joe LaCognata at Fire Rescue Support, who offers chaplaincy with fire rescue.

Digital Resources from Italy – We have developed material, audio files for meditation, and list of resilient actions. All this material is available to you (in Italian, but you can easily google-translate it and adapt).

o Spanish Translation of these resources available below

FACE COVID pamphlet - all about using ACT to deal with the crisis. Please feel free to share it with anyone and everyone who might benefit (Illustrated eBook version, Infographic version, Instagram Version (pdf), Text only version, and YouTube animation of FACE COVID)

o Go here for translations in 20 plus languages

Facing Pandemic Fears with an Awake Heart - Tara Brach provides a talk (audio or video), which is in response to the current health crisis. The included meditation, based upon her RAIN (mindfulness + compassion) approach, is quite nurturing.

Free mindfulness & meditation resources - Here is a curated and annotated list of FREE resources to help us live easily and meaningfully, even as we’re confined to our homes. As you might expect from us at the SoHo CBT + Mindfulness Center, most of these resources focus on mindfulness and meditation.

• Guided mindfulness practice, plus Q and A with Jon Kabat-Zinn - If you can't join the live sessions you can watch the recorded videos at your leisure. There are two ways to join: by zoom or facebook.

Heroes in Your Home - Lay version of the article written by Sarah Richling, Dennis Embry, Tony Biglan, Kelly Wilson, and Tom Szabo.  

Hope This Helps Video - A short video (by Joanne Steinwachs) for ED staff.

• How can ACT help prevent coronavirus? - A Brazilian behavior-analytic blog (in Portugese), with some links between WHO recommendations for prevention highlighted by ACT processes as a mean to establish some EO's to adhere to the recommendations. Hope it helps.

• How Can We Cooperate When the Pandemic Is Driving Us Apart? - Paul Atkins, coauthor of Prosocial, explains what will help us work together in the face of disaster.

Pasos Prácticos Para Responder de Manera Eficaz a las Consecuencias Psicológicas del Confinamiento (Practical Steps for Responding Effectively to the Psychological Consequences of Confinement) - this guide (in Spanish) has been developed by Dr. Carlos Salgado, based on functional contextualism, about "attention based on what is important for the person-ACIP." Here is an interactive infographic that he has created, related to the attached document.

Pencil and Screen - This is a resource for essential workers who are struggling to support their school aged students while still showing up in their communities to keep people safe and supplied.

Presentations on Anxiety (and more) - This links to presentations on anxiety, depression, gratitude, chronic illness, grief/loss, relationships, stress management, etc., and, a brief mindfulness meditation. Here is the worksheet that accompanies the first of 6 presentations on anxiety. Worksheets that accompany the other presentations can be found at

Seven Ways to Stay Calm and Avoid Anxiety

Steering Through The Storm: Self-Help eBook - Turkish Resources for Psychological Challenges Triggered by the COVID-19 Outbreak.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S. based) - Lifeline Chat connects individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic - this is 3 min animated video. Please distribute freely as you see fit.

• TED Connects: Community and Hope-How To Be Your Best Self Self In Times of Crisis - It’s available on video here, and as a podcast on TED Talks Daily here.

The Marginal Gains Handbook – Practical ideas to survive and thrive in the age of Coronavirus.

The Ordinary Corona Hero: You - How you can act heroically in the face of a pandemic.

• Turkish Resources For Healthcare Professionals - Recommendations (in Turkish) for Healthcare Professionals in the Pandemic Process and Steering Through The Storm: Self-help Video Series (in Turkish).

Virtual Meditation for Asian, Pacific Islander, DESI Americans (APIDA)

• Virtual resources for those recovering from addiction and related issues -

o In the Rooms - A free global online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues.

o Online Meetings directory for Alchoholics Anonymous

o SMART Recovery - Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. Mutual support meetings are free and open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery.

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