University HealthCare Alliance

June 24, 2020

Free Online Resources for Healthcare Professionals from The Awake Network

As healthcare professionals continue to work through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, mindfulness teachers and organizations are responding with various offerings they hope will be supportive. 

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Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for new resources specific to the Mindful Healthcare community. And, for more general offerings, check out the Updated List of Free Online Resources for Mindfulness & Resilience.

Weekly MBSR and MBCT Sessions — UMASS Memorial Center for Mindfulness
Offering free weekly online sessions to support worldwide graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs and those with an interest in mindfulness meditation. Join us for a guided meditation, reflection, and discussion.

Daily Mindfulness and Compassion Streams — UCSD Center for Mindfulness
UCSD working with The Sanford Institute, and the Compassion Institute are providing daily streams and recordings of mindfulness and compassion sessions to provide resources and online support to those affected.

Practice Sessions, Recordings, and Training —CHA Cambridge Health Alliance
Offering free daily live-online mindfulness and compassion practices in English, Spanish and Portuguese for healthcare providers, caregivers, parents, pregnant/postpartum couples, people of color, and everyone else. There are also brief recordings from teachers that might be helpful. CHA is offering 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion courses that can provide long-term support. Though these courses are self-pay, there are scholarships and discounts available.

Mindfulness for Healthcare Workers During COVID —’s hope is to provide accessible mindfulness practices during these physically and emotionally demanding times. Here you’ll find many practical tools for healthcare providers to foster resilience and help with stress during the uncertain days and weeks ahead.

10 Practices from the MSC Program — Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
Chris Germer and Kristin Neff have gathered 10 practices from the Mindful Self-Compassion program that could be helpful, along with brief explanations. All these practices can be found in The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and guided recordings are available. Click here for those practices. Many other free offerings to be found on their blog, and resources section. They also have a great paid program, Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities.

Compassion in Action Conference — The Schwartz Center
The Compassion in Action Conference from the Schwartz Center has moved online:  June 16th – November 17th. This virtual event will feature 40+ sessions featuring dynamic speakers and sessions designed to engage and inspire clinicians, health system leaders, and others committed to making compassion a priority in their organizations and communities.  

Help for You in the COVID-19 Crisis — The Gold Foundation
The Gold Foundation has curated resources to help support all our partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are grateful for the care, courage, and compassion of all those in the Gold community and beyond, and welcome you to use and share these tools with all healthcare professionals for free during the COVID-19 crisis.

Free Guided Practices — Mindful Birthing
Whether you work in perinatal care, are an expectant parent or know one, Mindful Birthing is a wealth of resources. They offer Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting courses online, both as a teacher training and for expectant parents. Also check out their free guided practices (in English and Spanish), under their resources tab.

Calm Strength for Healthcare Providers — Rick Hanson
A great talk and practice from Rick Hanson for Medical Professionals.

What Can Help COVID-19 Frontliners Who Are Exhausted and Overwhelmed? — NICABM
In this free video from NICABM, Ron Siegel, PsyD, sits down with Ron Epstein, physician and mindfulness expert, to explore how mindfulness practice can aid healthcare workers during these intense times.

This information was reposted from a blog by David Prichard, Head of Partnerships and Community Enrichment for The Awake Network. A new father, reformed spendthrift, and aspiring homesteader, David is also a meditation instructor who has been practicing for close to a decade.