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NIH Seminar Series: The Mental Health and Well-being of Biomedical Researchers

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Explore the critical issue of mental health in the biomedical research community.

Biomedical trainees (1) and researchers (2) report anxiety and depression at rates far greater than the general population.

Goal: Increase awareness and provide coping strategies and tools to help participants support their own mental health and that of others

For whom? Trainees at all levels, PIs and other researchers, administrators, and faculty both at the NIH and in the extramural community

How? Address a new mental health issue that affects biomedical researchers each month through

  • An opening webinar
  • Q&A and small-group discussions facilitated by experienced mental health practitioners
  • In-depth strategy development and skills practice, e.g., perfection management, executive functioning, mindfulness

NOTE: Information on the discussion and skills-based groups will be provided to those who attend the monthly webinars in follow-up emails.

Tentative Schedule

Sign language interpreting services and live captioning will be provided for this event. Individuals who need other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, or would like a sign language interpreter for the small group should contact Jackie Newell ( or the Telecommunications Relay Service @ 711. TRS enables standard voice telephone users to talk to people who have difficulty hearing or speaking on the telephone. Requests should be made as soon as possible. 

All Webinars will run from 3:00 to 4:10 pm (ET).

TopicWebinar DateSupplemental SessionsRegistration Link
Stigma and Culture December 6, 2021

Difficult Conversations: December 9, 2021, 12pm

Emotional Regulation Skills Group: December 16, 2021, 12pm

Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders January 10, 2022

Managing Social Anxiety: January 20, 2022, 12pm

Perfectionism Management Skills January 27, 2022, 12pm

Depression and Depressive Disorders February 7, 2022

Supporting Mentees: February 17. 2022, 12pm

Community Wellness March 7, 2022 Community Wellness: April 25, 2022, watch for a follow-up email with times. Register
Executive Functioning May 2, 2022 Executive Functioning: May 5 and 12 at 12 pm  Register

For More Information

The Raising a Resilient Scientist training program is made possible through the generous support from the:

1. A series of 2018 articles in Nature (see, e.g., convincingly demonstrated an incidence of depression and anxiety in the graduate school population (~40%), more than 6 times the rate observed in the general population. Rates are even higher in marginalized graduate student populations.
2. A 2020 study, What Researchers Think about the Culture ( commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, reports similar lack of well-being among researchers, predominantly in the sciences, at all career levels.