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Practice Wellbeing Star’ nominations open to recognise those creating positive workplaces in challenging times

The Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) has opened the 2020 Practice Wellbeing Star nominations to recognise those individuals who are helping to create a positive workplace environment even under the present difficult circumstances. The nominations allow practices to recognise someone at their workplace who has helped to hold […]

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MMI launches competition to encourage practices to be innovative in looking after team wellbeing

We are launching an innovation competition to find the best ideas on how the veterinary team can enhance mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. The Innovation in Wellbeing competition is encouraging veterinary teams to think of new and inventive ideas for supporting each other, boosting morale and encouraging a sense of togetherness and […]

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MMI publishes online wellbeing resources to help the vet team during the pandemic

We are offering a range of online resources, training and sessions in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on mental health. Lisa Quiqley, Mind Matters Manager, commented: “Very understandably there has been a focus on the physical side of COVID-19, but, particularly as we approach Mental Health Awareness Week from Monday 18 […]

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Deadline for Mind Matters mental health research award extended

We have extended the application period for the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant u ntilJuly. The £20,000 research grant, named in honour of an RCVS Council member who tragically passed away in 2017, is made on an annual basis to fund research that focuses on mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary professions in […]

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MMI sponsors webinar for students on looking after mental wellbeing during the pandemic

We are sponsoring a webinar this month that will look at how veterinary students and student veterinary nurses can stay healthy and look after their mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The one-hour webinar, titled ‘Calm in the Corona’ takes place between 11am and 12 noon on Saturday 25 April and is being led […]

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New mental health webinar series tackles serious issues affecting veterinary team wellbeing

The Mind Matters Initiative has organised a free series of three webinars over the next three months that will look at issues such as cyberbullying, eating disorders, and self-harm amongst the veterinary team. Each of the one-hour webinars is hosted by The Webinar Vet and take place at 12.30pm. In order of date they are: Thursday 26 March […]

2019 Vet Wellbeing Award winners announced

The winners of the 2019 Vet Wellbeing Awards have been announced today (Friday 24 January 2020) as part of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) and Veterinary Management Group (VMG) Congress, at Celtic Manor, Newport. Launched in 2016, with the first Awards made in 2017, and are run by the Society for Practising Veterinary […]

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Upcoming webinars will look at work recovery, perfectionism and mentoring

MMI has organised and sponsored a number of upcoming webinars, including as part of the Webinar Vet’s online Virtual Congress. The first webinar takes place at 12.30pm on Thursday 23 January 2020 and is hosted by Elinor O’Connor (pictured), a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Professor of Occupational Psychology at the University of Manchester Alliance Business […]

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2020 marks the second year for Sarah Brown Mental Health Grant

MMI will be running its Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant for the second year in 2020. The grant is part of a five-year commitment to award one £20,000 grant each year to fund research that focuses on mental health and wellbeing within the veterinary professions, including areas such as prevention, diagnosis, intervention and treatment. […]

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Broadcaster to host Mind Matters event stream at SPVS-VMG Congress

The broadcaster, commentator and author Clare Balding OBE will be chairing a series of Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) talks about diversity and inclusion, at next year’s Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) and Veterinary Management Group (VMG) Congress. The event takes place at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport in South Wales on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 […]

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MMI holds solution-focused student roundtable

Students, academics and university support staff gathered in September for the first ever Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) event focused exclusively on identifying issues and finding solutions regarding the mental health of veterinary students. In total, the faculties and student bodies of 10 universities were represented at the event, which took place on Monday, 23 September […]

International vet groups adopt RCVS and AVMA statement on mental health and wellbeing

Our joint statement with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Mental Health and Wellbeing now has the support of three additional international veterinary groups. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) have joined forces to promote improved mental health and are […]

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RCVS and SPVS launch Vet Wellbeing Awards 2019

The Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS), in partnership with Mind Matters, is looking for practices that are going above and beyond to support staff wellbeing for this year’s Vet Wellbeing Awards. The Awards, now in their fourth year, recognise and address the fact that there are relatively high levels of work-related stress and poor […]

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MMI and BSAVA launch new emotional resilience courses

MMI, in partnership with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), are launching new emotional resilience courses, with the first course taking place in November this year. Titled ‘Emotional Resilience for the Veterinary Team’, the one-day courses are free to BSAVA members and are designed to equip participants with an understanding of the role emotional […]

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Mental health research grant recipient announced

We are pleased to announce that Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is the successful recipient of the inaugural Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant. The Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant was named for an elected RCVS Council member who tragically passed away in 2017. It provides £20,000 worth of funding for research focused on mental […]

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&Me blog shares VN’s mental health journey

To observe both Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Week, Mind Matters (MMI) and the Doctors’ Support Network (DSN) have published the first blog by a veterinary nurse as part of our joint mental health anti-stigma campaign, &me. &me encourages people within healthcare professions to come forward with their personal mental health stories, […]

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Registrations now open for Mind Matters Initiative Research Symposium

The second Mind Matters Initiative Research Symposium, ‘Understanding and supporting veterinary mental health’, is now open for registrations. The symposium, which will be held on Tuesday 24 September 2019, at Church House, London, will bring together researchers interested in all aspects of veterinary professionals’ wellbeing and mental health. The symposium will feature plenary speakers from […]

Calls for papers for Mind Matters Research Symposium in September

The Second Mind Matters Initiative Research Symposium, ‘Understanding and supporting veterinary mental health’, is now open for applications for presentations on veterinary mental health and wellbeing research. The symposium, which will be held on Tuesday 24 September 2019, at Church House, London, will bring together researchers interested in all aspects of veterinary professionals’ wellbeing and […]

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MMI introduces Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grants

Applications are now open for the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative first Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, named for an elected RCVS Council member who tragically passed away in 2017. One £20,000 grant will be awarded each year for five years, starting in 2019 (making a £100,000 total by 2023) to fund research that focuses […]

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MMI to hold ‘Vet Wellbeing in Practice’ events

Together with the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) and Veterinary Management Group (VMG), we are joining forces to hold a series of four events entitled ‘Vet Wellbeing in Practice’. The dates and venues are as follows: Thursday 14 March, Kents Hill Park Training and Conference centre in Milton Keynes, 10:00am – 16:00pm Wednesday 27 […]