Addressing the emotional impact of veterinary practice

Schwartz Rounds provide a safe, reflective forum for clinical and non-clinical staff to come together and discuss the emotional aspects of their job. Following the success of Schwartz Rounds in the NHS, the Mind Matters Initiative is currently developing a pilot to explore their effectiveness in a veterinary context. Here, Amy Martin (pictured) writes about […]

Introduction to Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters Initiative Manager

I joined the Mind Matters Initiative in May 2018, taking over its day-to-day running from Lizzie Lockett, MMI Director and RCVS CEO. Prior to this, I worked at a NHS Mental Health Trust in South London, where I worked with individuals with a mental health diagnosis, supporting them to access and sustain employment and advising […]

Sunrise

Stuart Reid, Mind Matters Initiative Chair There is something wonderful about watching both sunrises and sunsets. Nature at its best; beautiful, colourful, unique, peaceful and, above all, phenomena that occur on a daily basis. It is no surprise to me that websites offering mental wellbeing support and coaching often feature gems of nature, particularly those […]

Hannah-Fitzsimmonds

Success comes from failure

A new initiative, created by the Association of Veterinary Students (AVS)

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nick Stuart

Why I started the SPVS/MMI Wellbeing Awards

Nick Stuart, Senior Vice-President, Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons MMI Taskforce member As the SPVS representative on the Mind Matters Taskforce, I was aware of the discussions within the profession about mental ill-health and suicide. I was also party to discussions about some excellent initiatives to tackle both mental ill-health and the stigma that surrounds […]

Mind Matters presents in Sweden

Neil Smith, Mind Matters Initiative Chair The organisers of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals (ECVIM-CA) kindly invited MMI to present at their annual conference in Gothenburg in September. This conference is aimed at veterinarians throughout Europe who are either studying for diplomas in a range of veterinary internal medicine disciplines, […]