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Grief and Well-Being Virtual Support Groups Available in July​

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have faced many twist and turns, times of uncertainty and loss. Managing bereavement during the pandemic can be very difficult due to the physical distancing, constant loss, travel restrictions and disruption of traditional in-person mourning rituals. With our Resource and Referral service partner, LifeWork Strategies, the new Grief Support Group will be available for those who are grieving or have experienced the loss of a loved one. The Well-Being Support Groups will continue to assist with resilience and exploring coping mechanisms to sustain mental wellness. If you are feeling the emotions of stress, grief or anxiety and in need of a non-judgmental space to share your feelings, sign up today to join other NIH community members to offer each other support.

The Grief Support Group will occur virtually every other week on Tuesdays, at 10 am ET, and will begin on July 13 and continue until September 21.

The Well-Being Support Group will occur every other week on Wednesdays, at 1 pm ET, and will begin on July 21 and continue until September 29. Topics will be determined by the participants.

Register today to reserve your seat for the support group that interests you by clicking on the registration link below: https://form.jotform.com/210974595927168.

All groups will be facilitated by a mental health clinician for approximately 60 minutes. Sessions are limited to 50 participants on a first come, first served basis, and will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. Conference call information will be provided as an attachment in the confirmation and reminder emails. There will be simple ground rules and all things shared within these groups are to be kept confidential.

Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreting and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Ms. Tonya Lee at leet2@mail.nih.gov​, 301-443-7118, and/or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339. Requests should be made if possible five days in advance of the webinar.

These support groups are being provided by the Office of Research Services and the NIH Working Caregivers Task Force. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tonya Lee, ORS Work-Life Coordinator at 301-443-7118.

You may follow us @NIHEmplSrvcs on Twitter for more information about services that can assist you with balancing work and family during this pandemic, making healthy food choices, as well as other programs and employee services to improve your wellbeing.

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