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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Mind Matters news: RCVS &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 […]

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 […]

Vet Wellbeing Award winners 2018 announced

Three winners of the 2018 Vet Wellbeing Awards will be announced today at the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) – Veterinary Management Group (VMG) Congress at Celtic Manor. The Vet Wellbeing Awards, now entering their fourth year, are run by the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) and Mind Matters and were created to recognise those practices who understand […]

AMBS to conduct well-being research, supported by Mind Matters

The Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) is conducting a research study on well-being and work demands for veterinary surgeons working in the UK. The project has been reviewed by the University of Manchester Proportionate Research Ethics Committee and will be carried out by Principal Researcher Dr Elinor O’Connor, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at AMBS […]

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MMI & BSAVA’s ‘resilience course’ pilot proves popular

In partnership with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) will be piloting resilience training courses for veterinary professionals throughout February 2019. These free, full-day courses count towards a veterinary professional’s continuing professional development and are designed to help attendees gain the tools to become more resilient in their working […]

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Mind Matters Initiative focuses on new wellbeing webinar series

We are pleased to announce a new series of webinars to be hosted by The Webinar Vet, focusing on how to increase wellbeing. The first webinar takes place on Thursday 13 December at 1pm and will focus on the link between psychological wellbeing and regular outdoor exercise. The webinar will be hosted by Oli Glackin, […]

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MMI and the AVS holding online wellbeing seminar ‘VetKind’

Together with the Association of Veterinary Students (AVS), we will be running an online wellbeing symposium, the very first of its kind, which is specifically designed for veterinary students. This symposium, titled ‘VetKind’, will be held on 24 November from 9am – 3pm and will be led by Jenny Moffett (pictured), Managing Director of Skilllstree, an […]

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RCVS Council member remembered with mental health research funding

We have announced our Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grants, named for an elected RCVS Council member who tragically passed away last year. One £20,000 grant will be awarded each year for five years starting in 2019 (making a total of £100,000 by 2023)  to fund research that focuses on mental health and wellbeing within […]

RCVS and AVMA join forces to tackle veterinary mental health issues

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have joined forces to promote improved mental health and wellbeing across the veterinary team. Building on the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative brand in the UK and the AVMA’s Wellbeing and Peer Assistance Initiative, the two organisations will work together on joint […]

Book a Mind Matters training course

We will once again be hosting a series of mental health training courses with mental health consultant Trevor Bell throughout October and November 2018. These full-day courses, designed to help attendees better understand and communicate the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health, cost £85 and are open to all members of the veterinary team. The […]

Vet Wellbeing Awards looking for the happiest practice in the UK

In partnership with the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons, MMI is looking for the happiest practices in the UK for this year’s Vet Wellbeing Awards. The Awards are now in their third year, having been started in 2016 in recognition of the fact that there were relatively high levels of work-related stress and poor mental […]

Mind Matters at BSAVA Congress

Mind Matters is heading to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Congress this year, holding a number of sessions on mental health. On the Thursday in Hall 6 there will be two sessions hosted by Mind Matters Chair, Stuart Reid. From 11:05-11:50 Elinor O’Connor, Director of Teaching and Learning Fellow at Alliance Manchester Business School, and Lizzie Lockett, […]

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Now recruiting: Mind Matters Manager

Would you like to help make a real difference to the mental health and wellbeing of the veterinary profession? We are recruiting for a Mind Matters Manager to join us in the RCVS offices in Westminster and help deliver programmes, tools, training and campaigns for the whole veterinary team. You can find a full job […]

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Anniversary of joint mental health campaign

On 31 January we and the Doctors’ Support Network (DSN) are marking the first anniversary of our joint ‘&me’ campaign, which aims to tackle mental health stigma in the health professions by encouraging prominent members to speak out about their own experiences. The Doctors’ Support Network provides peer support for doctors and medical students with […]

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Guide to enhancing wellbeing in the veterinary workplace published

We have developed a guide on wellbeing in the veterinary workplace in association with Dr Elinor O’Connor, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. ‘A Guide to Enhancing Wellbeing and Managing Work Stress in the Veterinary Workplace’ will be launched at the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons/Veterinary Management Group (SPVS/VMG) […]

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Mind Matters to host International Virtual Congress session on mental health

We will be hosting a session on mental health as part of The Webinar Vet’s International Virtual Congress, on 19 January 2018 from 7pm to 9pm. This will be the third time that we have taken part in the International Virtual Congress and will see Stuart Reid, RCVS Council member and Chair of the MMI, […]