The NIH OITE offers many resources to help you proactively tend to your stress management and address barriers to your well-being.
We understand research environments and have developed our programs to focus on the stressors you face. Remember that stress, disappointment, unhelpful thoughts, and uncomfortable feelings are inevitable. We believe that you will find strategies to thrive at NIH if you are proactive, regularly take time to tend to your well-being, and are open to new strategies as you recognize new challenges. We appreciate that issues in your research group can be distressing and have many resources to support you.
We provide support for summer and academic year interns, postbacs, graduate students, postdocs, clinical, and research fellows across the entire intramural research program. We encourage all NIH trainees and fellows to regularly participate in our programs to learn well-being and resilience skills. We are also here when you are struggling and need a friendly and supportive community for immediate support.
Becoming a Resilient Scientist (BRS) series
A five-part series including lectures and discussion groups to help you develop skills needed to thrive in research and healthcare careers
Mental Health and Well-being of Biomedical Researchers series
Webinars and small group discussions focused on various topics, bringing the entire research community together for important discussions
Small group discussions
An opportunity to explore relevant topics with other trainees and fellows in a supportive environment. There are drop-in and short-term established groups with rotating topics
Individual well-being advising
Confidential conversations with mental health providers and well-being experts who can support you in managing current stressors and addressing barriers to your success
NIH trainee affinity groups
Supportive spaces for connection through the lenses of your various identities
Other OITE well-being activities
OITE offerings, including guided meditation programs, journaling groups, and monthly community building activities to support you
Other NIH programs and resources
Well-being programs for the entire NIH community