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Wellness at the NIH

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Schedule an appointment with a wellness advisor

For trainees in the Intramural Program only. Please email

Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series

Develop the resilience you need to succeed in high-knowledge environments.

  • Five workshops
  • Five associated small-group discussions
  • Certificate for completion

Small Groups

Engage with your peers, explore wellness topics in a safe space. Find the events listed under Upcoming Events.

Resilience Groups

Drop-in groups focused on resilience topics such as

  • Anxiety, depression, and other challenges
  • Self-compassion at the holidays
  • LGBTQIA+ trainees
  • Connecting at the holidays

Wellness Support Groups

Standing support groups that meet for 8 weeks to bring together trainees with similar identities, experiences, or needs, e.g.,

  • Connecting in a time of loneliness
  • Lab transitions

Wellness Skill-building Groups

Groups meet over 4-6 weeks to develop tangible wellness skills such as

  • Emotional regulation
  • Organizing, planning, and executing skills
  • Stress management
  • Overcoming procrastination

Informal Wellness Activities

Find these informal events listed under Upcoming Events.

  • Mindfulness meditation focusing on wellness (several sessions a week)
  • Journaling to tune in to your thoughts, emotions, and goals (twice a month)
  • Thriving Thursdays to address the four aspects of self-care: Physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Finding an NIH Community

Trainee communities to build connections

  • Network of African American Fellows
  • NIH SACNAS Chapter
  • LGBT-Fellows and Friends
  • Fellows of All Abilities

Wellness Resources Online

Playlists and videos on the OITE YouTube channel

The OITE Careers Blog