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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.


Why?
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 (
newellj@nih.gov) or the Federal Relay Service @ 800-877-8339. Requests should be made as soon as possible. 

All Webinars will run from 3:00 to 4:10 pm (ET) and be followed by small groups from 4:15 to 5:15 pm.

TopicWebinar DateSupplemental SessionsRegistration Link
Stigma and Culture December 6, 2021

Difficult Conversations: December 9, 2021, 12pm

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

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Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders January 10, 2022

Managing Social Anxiety: January 20, 2022, 12pm

Perfectionism Management Skills January 27, 2022, 12pm

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Depression and Depressive Disorders February 7, 2022

Supporting Mentees: February 17. 2022, 12pm

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Community Wellness March 7, 2022   Register
Executive Functioning April 4, 2022   Register
Responding to Trauma May 2, 2022   Register



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Footnotes:
1. A series of 2018 articles in Nature (see, e.g., https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt.4089) 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 (https://wellcome.ac.uk/sites/default/files/what-researchers-think-about-the-culture-they-work-in.pdf) commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, reports similar lack of well-being among researchers, predominantly in the sciences, at all career levels.