Stress and resilience at work

In a bid to better understand mindset, resilience and stress amongst veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, Lucy Whitehall, final-year Masters student reading Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology with the University of East London, is carrying out a survey amongst members of the professions. The results will be shared with us and should help to […]

Deadline extended for Vet Wellbeing Awards

We and the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) have extended the deadline for the Vet Wellbeing Awards nominations to Friday 15 December 2017. The Awards, first launched last year, were created to highlight wellbeing in the veterinary profession and to celebrate those practices that really value the health and engagement of their team. All UK […]

&me – Steve Carter MAVetMB CertVA MRCVS

Steve Carter is a Director at Priory Veterinary Surgeons in Reigate, Surrey. I can honestly say that my life has been enriched by the lessons I have learnt from having mental illness. The aspects of my character and the feelings that I have been made to confront and examine closely have made me a much better […]

Vet Wellbeing Awards launched by SPVS and MMI

The Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) and the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) are building on the success of last year’s SPVS Wellbeing Awards to launch the new Vet Wellbeing Awards. The Awards are open to UK practices, branch surgeries or other organisations who employ vets or vet nurses. They were created to highlight wellbeing […]

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Northern Ireland peer support service launches with MMI support

A specialist service to provide mental health and wellbeing support for all members of the veterinary community in Northern Ireland has been launched. Vet Support NI is a confidential service that will support any individual involved in the veterinary profession – including vets, veterinary nurses and other support staff – and will be delivered by […]

Me and #AndMe

Louise Freeman, Vice-Chair of the Doctors’ Support Network The Doctors’ Support Network (DSN) is a peer support network established in 1996 by and for doctors and medical students with mental health issues. At that time, there was almost no specialist mental health support for affected professionals and a widespread belief that a diagnosis of, for […]

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Great results reported from mental health campaign

We and the Doctors’ Support Network (DSN) are pleased to report positive progress since the launch in January of their joint anti-stigma mental health campaign. The &me campaign (#AndMe), which was launched at the House of Commons in January, has taken a new approach to the de-stigmatisation of mental ill-health within the healthcare professions. Although health […]

&me – Dr Susan Atcheson

‘My name is Susan, I am a senior GP and I have a history of depression.’ Dr Susan Atcheson is a senior GP and a member of the DSN committee. Read her story in GP View.

&me – Dr Cathy Wield

Dr Cathy Wield successfully returned to work in emergency medicine in the UK after two bouts of major depression, which included hospital admissions and brain surgery. Cathy is passionate about speaking out and reducing the stigma around mental health and has written extensively about her experience of being a doctor with depression (her books are […]

Mind Matters announces new &Me ambassador

We are pleased to announce Dr Cathy Wield as the most recent ambassador for the &Me campaign, a joint anti-stigma mental health campaign with the Doctors’ Support Network. The year-long campaign showcases stories from senior people within the healthcare professions, be they veterinarians, GPs, dentists or psychiatrists, who have experienced mental ill health in the […]

College becomes Stonewall Diversity Champion

RCVS recently teamed up with Stonewall, the charity that campaigns for equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, to become a Stonewall Diversity Champion with the aim of ensuring that all people are accepted, without exception, within the veterinary profession. By becoming a Stonewall Diversity Champion, we join over 750 other organisations who are […]

&me – Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes is a consultant clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and supervisor currently working in independent practice in central London and leading a religious order as the newly elected Minister Provincial of the Anglican Franciscan Third Order. Five years after qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Jamie was diagnosed with Type 2 bipolar affective disorder after […]

&me – Rob Pettitt

Rob Pettitt is a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the University of Liverpool. My life ‘rapidly’ changed a few years ago when I had a serious mental illness. I say rapidly as it resulted from an elongated period of high stress at work and the breakup of my family life. I had always […]

Glasgow Vet School Wellbeing Campaign

Lucy Irvine (right) & Erin Thomson (left), Co-Presidents, Glasgow University Veterinary Medical Association, 2016-2017 In February this year, the students of the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine ran a new wellbeing campaign called ‘Feel Good February’. The aim was to encourage the staff and students of our vet school community to have a […]

New sleep and anxiety webinar series

The Mind Matters Initiative and the Webinar Vet have teamed up again to deliver a new series of webinars, this time to help veterinary professionals understand sleep and worry less about it, and feel less tired and anxious about the effect sleep problems may have on their lives. The six ‘Choosing and Understanding Sleep’ webinars, […]

&me – Malcom Kinnear

Malcolm Kinnear graduated in 1990, but had not completed his psychiatric training when he went on long-term sick leave with depression in 1997. He joined the Doctors’ Support Network in 1999 and became active in organising its Scottish activities from 2004 as his mental health very gradually improved. In 2009, he attempted to return to […]

Supporting others; supporting yourself

Helen Sanderson, former VPMA President and MMI Taskforce member. Helen is the Business Development Manager for Vets4Pets, supporting 20 practices. She tells us what she learned at the recent Mental Health for Managers course Each of us either knows someone, or is supporting someone in our work environment, who is struggling with a mental health […]