Behavioral Health Resources on Zika
Since news about the Zika virus broke early this year, hundreds of travel-related cases in the continental United States and mosquito-borne cases in U.S. territories have been reported, including in pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that infection with the virus during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other birth defects. The developing news and updates may cause stress and anxiety for some.
To help pregnant women, their families, those who work outdoors primarily, and the public, the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) has created resources you can use to learn about how to cope with feelings of anxiety caused by Zika, and understand the risks to you and your family.
- Behavioral Health Resources on Zika: This special section of the SAMHSA DTAC website provides tips and resources about reducing stress and anxiety related to Zika.
- Zika Virus Resources DBHIS Installment: This installment of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on the behavioral health aspects of Zika virus disease. It offers guidance to public officials developing and delivering appropriate messages about Zika to support the best possible public health outcomes.
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: This tip sheet explains common signs of stress, how to recognize when to get help, and practical ways to manage and relieve the stress by taking care of oneself. It is also available in Spanish.
Watch for more SAMHSA DTAC materials on the Zika virus and other disasters and public health emergencies by signing up to receive the SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin.