To offer support to its staff and researchers, Partners, MGH, and several other groups have put together resources that address the challenges we may be facing in our day-to-day lives as we handle this unique situation. Here, we compile those resources & information to make it easier for you to see what each one offers. Check back for updates!

If you have any suggestions or feedback on this page, please contact Allison Stevens.

Overview of Websites Collecting Resources

For information on the majority of resources available to MGH employees, you can use any of the 4 websites below:

Partners Mental Health & Well-being Resources

    • > compilation of COVID-19 related emails & FAQs that have come from Partners
    • > links to resources from various Partners institutions
      • > McLean – articles & webinars with coping tips for healthcare providers, families, remote workers, college students, etc.
      • > BWH – links to general self-care resources & resources specific to BWH employees
    • > links to content (EAP, apps, MGH Psychiatry) also provided below

MGH Psychiatry’s Guide for General Mental Health & Coping

    • > provides articles, webinars & resources for evidence-based self-care & coping strategies
    • > summarizes the content provided by CDC, WHO, APA, Harvard, MGH, Benson-Henry Mind Body Institute, etc. for coping strategies during infectious disease outbreaks & provides links
    • > resources for healthcare workers, families, & specific mental health conditions

Office for Well-being at the Center for Faculty Development

    • > hub for MGH resources related to well-being & stress management
    • > links to free exercise classes
    • > schedule one-on-one consultations with Dr. Darshan Mehta, the Medical Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
    • > available for all research staff, not just faculty!

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)



Whether it’s Partners, the EAP, or the CDC, they all recognize that the current crisis has led us to experience a myriad of normal reactions including fear, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, an inability to turn away from the news, feeling on edge, etc. In addition to the resources listed on this website, they all also provide the same basic guidelines for coping with these reactions & the constant changes we are experiencing:

    • > Create and follow a routine as best you can
    • > Stay connected with others
    • > Fit in some form of daily exercise (a very effective stress reducer!)
    • > Maintain regular sleep patterns to protect your health
    • > Eat healthy
    • > Limit your intake of news related to the crisis
    • > Practice stress management

To sum up: Take the time to take care of yourself. Give yourself a break. Remind yourself that this is temporary. And acknowledge that you and others around you are doing the best you can at any given moment. It is okay that this may look different moment to moment and person to person.

Use the resources on this page to take care of yourself and your family. Any time you feel stress & anxiety is preventing you from being as productive or calm as you would like to be, return here and consider more of the resources.


Some resources to help you follow those basic guidelines for coping & self-care:

Stay Connected
    • > Use Microsoft Teams to chat and hold discussions with fellow Martinos Center members on the various channels the Martinos Center hosts (go here to ask to be added)
    • > See the Martinos calendar for a list of upcoming seminars including Brainmap, Science on Tap, etc.
Eat Healthy
Stress Management


One-on-One Support

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    • > call 866-724-4327 to speak to a licensed counselor for any work/life, family, or personal concerns
      • > confidential, free, and available for both employees & members of their household;
      • > does not become part of your medical record
      • > consultations & referrals on matters related to childcare, eldercare, legal concerns, & more

Virtual visits with behavioral health providers are an option

    • > you can find providers via the AllWays website by choosing “behavioral health” as the category or by calling the EAP at 866-724-4327
    • > if you have Partners Select/Partners Plus health insurance, you do not need a referral and cost sharing is waived

Somerville Support Now

    • > free 45-minute support sessions via video with licensed psychotherapists volunteering their time during the COVID-19 health crisis
      • > for anyone over 18 years old who lives in Somerville, Cambridge, Arlington, or Medford
    • > while therapeutic techniques may be used this is not therapy/counseling
    • > primary purpose is to respond to acute stress & provide a space for people to be heard and supported in this difficult time


Interactive Apps

Clinically vetted apps that offer tools to help you manage stress & anxiety on your own (currently free for Partners employees):

Headspace – recordings of guided meditations tailored to help with sleep, anxiety, productivity, anger, sadness, etc.

    • > includes recordings aimed at kids to help them focus, let go of anger, fall asleep, and calm down
    • > Platforms: iOS, Android, or Web-based
    • > Use your Partners email to sign up

Evermind –  uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help you build resilience and handle stress

    • > guided day-by-day programs on improving sleep, relaxation, self-esteem, & challenging negative thought patterns
    • > each module lists how long it takes with a range from 3-30 minutes
    • > Platforms: iOS, Android
    • > Use your Partners email to sign up

The Care Online: iCBT program – online self-directed course in cognitive behavioral therapy offered to patients with anxiety or low to moderate levels of depression to help them self-manage symptoms of these conditions

    • > Platforms: any mobile or desktop device
    • > Request access by calling the EAP at 866-724-4327. An EAP counselor will do a virtual screening in order to set you up with the program.



Ongoing & On Demand


    • > The Science of Leading and Managing with Resilience in Uncertain Conditions: April 14th, 4-5:30pm (register here)
    • > How to strengthen your emotional health skills during times of uncertainty and Coronavirus:  April 21st  12-1pm  (access it here)
    • > Adjusting to Disrupted Academics during COVID-19:  April 22nd  12pm (register here)
    • > More coming soon…


Preparing for Redeployment

Are you wondering what redeployment will look like? Do you have questions about practical matters like what to wear, how to get there, & what will happen on your first day? Review these resources to prepare: