May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a time to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health issues. Mental health, including our emotional and social well-being, is just as important as physical health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year and it is a very common health condition in the United States. There is no single cause for mental illness. A number of factors can contribute to risk for mental illness such as traumatic life experiences, medical conditions, family history, use of alcohol or drugs, and access to a supportive social network. An individual’s mental health can change over time and can determine how they handle stress and conflict, relate to others, and their overall behavior.
Everyone needs to reach out for support at times in life and sometimes it is necessary to seek help to improve our mental health. Taking small steps to address issues early can make a big difference. Please know that you are not alone and it’s important to recognize when you need to seek help. The following are a variety of resources that may be helpful.
Mental Health Resources:
- NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- NIMH Director' Message - One Year in COVID-19 and Mental Health
- NIMH - Caring for Your Mental Health
- NIMH - Find Help
- CDC - Learn About Mental Health
- CDC - Mental Health Tools and Resources
- WHO - Mental Health
- NAMI - Self-Help Techniques for Coping with Mental Health
Additionally, please see information below on upcoming events hosted by the NIH Employee Assistance Service (EAP) . These workshops are open to all NIH employees, contractors, and trainees.
Exhaustion and Burnout, Bench to Bedside – virtual workshop, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 1:00-2:00pm
- Managing life as a scientist, researcher or health care provider has been particularly challenging this past year.
- Join us for a workshop that will help you unwind and regroup as you move into the next life chapter.
- This workshop will provide some practical strategies and a safe place to feel supported.
- Pre-register at the below link and add to your Outlook calendar: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e030f18b3909492ca0599fc20bc132b35
Meditations in May – each Tuesday in May from 12:00 - 12:30pm
- Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, control anxiety, promote emotional health, enhance self-awareness, and lengthen attention spans. Emotional wellness in the workplace and at home is our life's work. Join us for one, or all, of our meditation sessions in May, as we practice a different meditation each session.
- Pre-register at the below links and add to your Outlook calendar:
- Session 1 - https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9d47f6b25b558d0f13b1b0d777ffec73.
- Session 2 - https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7e406a26ad1fab67eb3ebf52a964ec7a.
- Session 3 - https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9991daf58750438167116e7871b2dae5.
- Session 4 - https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e96f2a0a626d758d1e574f70725269f81.