The topic of mental health is popping up everywhere. No matter where you look—Twitter feeds, mommy blogs, Instagram, and even science career websites—the concept of mind and body wellness is center stage. And rightfully so. No one is completely immune to the pressures of life. We’ve all been there. When your friend asks casually “How’s it going?” and your response is something along the lines of “It’s been one of those days.” But what if “one of those days” turns into one of those weeks or even months. At that point, it could be time to call in some support.
In this first issue of the year, and throughout 2019, we will publish several articles on mental health and related activities at the NIH. It’s an important topic, one we should not confine to a single issue of the newsletter. We begin with a list of resources from the NICHD Office of Education as well as NIH-wide programs. In our “Thoughts of a Postbac” column, Leana Ramos focuses on the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) offerings, many of which apply not only to postbacs but also to the wider NIH trainee population.
Now it’s time to grab your calendar, because this month’s announcements and events are loaded with several great workshops, seminars, and career development opportunities. In particular, take note of the 2019 Three-minute-Talk (TmT) announcement. The TmT competition is a wonderful way to gain valuable oral communication skills and showcase your research on campus.
On behalf of The NICHD Connection, I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. Here’s to another 12 months of keeping NICHD fellows connected!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Please send any questions, comments, or ideas to our editor at Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.