Managing Anxiety, Stress, and Family During the COVID-19 Crisis

Resources to help local government managers care for their emotional well-being while dealing with extreme personal and professional stressors.

May 5, 2020 | ARTICLE

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional and unforeseen burdens on everyone in society. In times of crisis, local government leaders must balance providing ongoing leadership and support to their organizations and communities while managing additional stressors in their personal lives. As part of our effort to help local government leaders during this difficult time, ICMA is providing anxiety- and stress-related resources at the top of the Member Center.

These resources inlcude government, nonprofit, ICMA and member content. From blogs to webinar recordings, they provide advice and direction during an overwhelming time. Click here to view the Member Center resources

Additionally, Cigna's Crisis Support Line is available for all individuals seeking support during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Cigna offers a toll-free number (855.287.8400) to connect to a qualified representative. Assistance is available 24/7, for as long as necessary. The service is open to anyone in the US, free of charge to help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.

Select Resources from the Member Center

CDC - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) How to Prepare

A variety of resources from the CDC.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Advice from the AFSP for protecting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Managing Your Stress During and After a Crisis

Knowing yourself and your limits is important in managing your stress during and after a disaster strikes.

Dealing with Your Own Stress: Coping Strategies in the COVID-19 World

In this 30-minute, recorded teleconference, David E. Morrison, M.D., a consultant, psychiatrist, and founder of Morrison Associates, Ltd., offered guidance and advice about how local government managers can cope with stress during this global health crisis. Download the accompanying PowerPoint presentation here.

Rise and Shine: Coronavirus Resources for Child Health and Parenting Advice

From the Children’s National Hospital site devoted to helping children everywhere lead happier, healthier lives.

Additional Resources

ICMA Coronavirus Crisis Response Resources
ICMA is helping local government leaders throughout the world to protect, support, and lead their communities during the developing COVID-19 pandemic.

Conversations on the Coronavirus
ICMA has launched a series of free events to guide local government leaders through some of the most pressing COVID-19 issues.

Emergencies & Disasters
ICMA provides resources and technical assistance to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters, both natural and manmade. Our guides, e-books, and case studies feature first-person accounts and best practices from experts to provide suggestions for educating, communicating, and engaging with community members, elected officials, and other stakeholders.