From: Harold Kudler, M.D. Chair of the Military and Veterans Committee
Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2020
Subject: Sharing Valuable Resources Specific to COVID-19 Responses on the Part of Psychiatrists and other Mental Health Professionals and Systems of Care through GAP

Our colleagues need reliable, well-articulated information which we can share across our practices, health systems and communities, I offer the following authoritative fact sheets from the Department of Defense and VA along with other materials which we feel may be helpful to our colleagues.  What is distinctive about these materials is that they were specifically developed to address the needs of Psychiatrists, other Mental Health professionals and Mental Health systems. 

Our nation’s two largest federal agencies have been preparing for a pandemic for decades and I think you’ll find these materials of great value.  Given that they have been produced by the Federal Government, they are all in the public domain such that the information shared can be personalized to individual practices, healthcare systems and communities. 

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (Bob Ursano’s shop) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (at which our Committee Member, Dave Benedek is Chair of Psychiatry) has developed a world-class set of materials available at:

https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/coronavirus-and-emerging-infectious-disease-outbreaks-response

We also recommend “What Psychiatrists Can Co to Prepare for the Coming Pandemic”. This commentary by GAP member, Col. (Ret.) Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH, provides a valuable overview of our role as psychiatrists: https://www.mdedge.com/psychiatry/article/218703/anxiety-disorders/what-psychiatrists-can-do-prepare-coming-pandemic

In addition, VA’s National Center for PTSD’s website has developed the following materials:

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/index.asp

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/COVID_managing_stress.asp

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/COVID_providers_comm_leaders.asp

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/COVID_healthcare_workers.asp

Given GAP’s unique connections to mental health professionals through our membership and our ties to journals and newsletters, I believe that we could play an important role in sharing these materials to those who are in need of them.


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