Entries by MMI Press Office

MMI Campfire Chats Return for Fourth Series of Topical Discussions 

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative is inviting veterinary professionals to join their fourth series of Campfire Chats commencing this autumn. The Campfire Chats, which were first set up in January 2021, provide veterinary professionals with the opportunity to come together to chat about important topics impacting their mental health and […]

MMI and VN Futures join forces on latest civility training collaboration

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) has announced a new civility training collaboration with the RCVS VN Futures project to help tackle incivility in the workplace. The training will be delivered by VetLed. Having worked with VetLed previously in the year to deliver six successful online civility training sessions, MMI […]

MMI sponsors VetLed’s latest Interactive Veterinary Nurse Think Tank series

The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) is sponsoring the latest series of Veterinary Nurse Think Tanks, run by VetLed, a leading provider of ‘human factors’ skills training for veterinary professionals, supported by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA). The Veterinary Nurse Think Tank series is running as part of an ongoing collaboration between MMI and VetLed, […]

MMI awards funding to research project using online compassionate imagery intervention to improve psychological wellbeing of veterinarians

The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) has awarded £20,000 to a research project investigating the effectiveness of online compassionate imagery intervention in improving the psychological wellbeing of veterinarians. The funding comes from the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, which was founded in 2019 in memory of RCVS Council member Sarah Brown, who passed away […]

Tackling Loneliness In a Hyperconnected World

Loneliness is a key driver of poor mental health and affects millions of people in the UK every year and, according to The Mental Health Foundation’s Pandemic research, this has been exacerbated by the pandemic. In this Mental Health Awareness Week Campfire Chat special, we came together to discuss why meaningful connection and having a […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022…Let’s Get Connected! – Dr Samantha Butler-Davies

Dr Samantha Butler-Davies BVSc MRCVS Veterinary Clinical Services Manager How did you stay connected with others over the pandemic period?  Pretty much all virtually. Be that from simple text/Whatsapp messages or video calls. Even just a one line “hello, how you doing today?” message was so important – to send and receive. I’ve tried to […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022…Let’s Get Connected! – Macauly Gatenby

Macauly Gatenby Veterinary Nursing Student, British Veterinary Nursing Association Student Representative, Mind Matters Initiative Taskforce Member How did you stay connected with others over the pandemic period?  The way I connected with others was through social media. As much as I hate the negativity it can cause, it was such a vital component of keeping […]

Overcoming Self-Doubt and Stressing Out

In this Campfire Chat, we explored Overcoming Self Doubt and Stressing Out. April marks Stress Awareness Month. It has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes, signs and coping strategies for stress. According to a 2018 study undertaken by the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of people in the […]

New collaboration to empower vet nurses to challenge incivility and encourage sustainable changes in the workplace

The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) has collaborated with VetLed, a leading provider of Human Factors skills training for veterinary professionals and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), to lead a series of initiatives that aim to tackle incivility in the workplace and encourage work environments that make employee wellbeing a priority. The recently launched […]

Celebrating Diversity

In this Campfire Chat, which took place on Zero Discrimination Day, we came together to discuss what celebrating diversity means to us, explore how this links to mental health, and shared our thoughts on why – and how – we should all be working towards greater inclusivity, both in and out of the workplace. Zero […]

The Joy of Creativity

In this Campfire Chat, we explored the Joy of Creativity! Creativity is everywhere. It’s what makes life interesting, what keeps us all moving forward, and provides an invaluable source of escapism. But how can creativity be used to help support our mental wellbeing? Are we all creative? And why is creativity so important? Key discussion […]