2020 and 2021 have been tough. With covid restrictions in place, people have missed out on vital opportunities to form meaningful human connections. We all know that isolation can be damaging for our mental health, so we wanted to introduce something to support the entire veterinary community throughout this unpredictable time.
In 2021, we introduced our Campfire Chats – a safe space for the veterinary community to come together for informal discussions on some of the crucial issues affecting veterinary mental health and wellbeing. These chats consist of a panel of individuals, each of whom have a particular connection to the topic being discussed. The panellists share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences on the subject in question, whilst attendees can participate in the discussion as little or as much as they like.
We wanted to create a stress-free environment to allow people to learn from each other, support one another and find a sense of connection at a time when this is so vitally needed.
Since the first Campfire Chat in January, we have hosted a total of nine sessions on a variety of different topics:
Series 1 topics:
Online Communities and Beating Isolation
Chronic Health and Covid-19
Supporting Students and New Graduates
Series 2 topics:
Managing Mental Health and Menopause
Combatting Climate Change Anxiety
Men’s Mental Health
Working Through Winter
We will be running more Campfire Chats in 2022, so do keep an eye on our events page.