Introducing the COVID Coach Mobile App - PTSD Monthly Update, May 2020

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May 2020


COVID Mobile App

Introducing the COVID Coach Mobile App

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing anxiety and worry about our health and safety, our loved ones, our financial stability and uncertainty about the future.  

VA’s new COVID Coach app can help you get through this time of uncertainty by teaching you how to practice self-care, find ways to stay socially connected while being physically distant, find meaning during this stressful time, and cope with the many challenges you may now be facing.

With this app, you can learn about:

  • Healthy coping during COVID-19
  • Managing stress with tools for self-care, set personal goals
  • Tracking your mental health over time
  • Finding helpful resources to meet your needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


The “Learn” section provides information and resources to help you stay mentally and physically healthy during the outbreak. Explore topics on loneliness, tips on staying positive, and information on helping your family and maintaining healthy relationships with them while you’re at home during the outbreak.


In the app’s “Manage Stress” section, you can find coping tools to use when you’re feeling upset, anxious or stressed. Use “Connect with Others” to feel less isolated, “Mindfulness” to slow down, or “Indoor Activities” to find fun activities you can safely do in your home. 


In the “Mood Check” section, you can take several short assessments to check the current state of your mental health and track changes over time. There are trackers for well-being, anxiety, mood, and PTSD symptoms. You can also set personal goals and track your progress toward achieving them.


Using the “Find Resources” section, you can:

  • Locate online resources for getting professional help.
  • Access resources to support you through new challenges you may be facing during the COVID outbreak, like meeting your needs, finding reliable COVID information or helping children and older relatives cope.
  • Find links to download other mental health apps that you can use for additional support.

COVID Coach is free and easy to use.

Download it today to get help managing your mental health and well-being during this difficult time.

Download COVID Coach

For Providers


PTSD Consultation Program

Treating Veterans with PTSD? We can help.

Any healthcare provider treating Veterans can ask our expert clinicians a question.  Meet our consultants and get started.

PTSD Monthly Lecture Series

May 20, 2020 at 2 ET: Morally Distressing Events in Healthcare Workers During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak by Sonya Norman, PhD.

  • Mark your calendar for the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm ET
  • Subscribe to monthly emails to find out how to join live lectures.
  • Registration is required to receive free continuing education credit for attending the live lecture.

Resources of the Month

COVID-19 Resources for Healthcare Workers and Responders
Visit the National Center for PTSD COVID-19 resources for articles, self-help tools, recorded webinars on:

  • Providing care during the pandemic
  • Managing self-care
  • Useful disaster response frameworks
  • Additional resources and helpful organizations

Research at the Center

Connecting Women to Care: Home-based Psychotherapy for Women with Military Sexual Trauma Living in Rural Area

Research over the past decade has identified the problems and concerns of women Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma but programs addressing their mental health needs and responsive to identified barriers are lacking. Center researchers are evaluating a gender-sensitive, evidence-based skills training program delivered via home-based video technology over the next 4 years to address this gap in mental health care.

PTSD in the News

This Mental Health App is Tailor-Made for your Pandemic Woes

Dr. Beth Jaworski from the Center’s Mobile Health Team and Lead for the COVID Coach mobile app, talks with about the app’s many features. Read more.*

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Thank you,

The Staff of VA’s National Center for PTSD

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