We run a series of training sessions, such as mental health awareness training, and our mental health for managers course. We also take part in talks at conferences and congresses, to help spread the word about good mental health and wellbeing and to try to break down the stigma attached to mental illness.

If you would like to attend an event or training course, please click on the appropriate link below. If you would like a Mind Matters speaker at one of your events, please contact Lizzie Lockett, Project Director, on or 020 7202 0725.

Mental health awareness training

We are running a series of mental health awareness training sessions, some of them jointly with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, for whose extremely generous support we are most grateful.

The training takes the form of either three-hour or one-day sessions, and aims to help you better understand the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and know how to communicate with people you are concerned about.

It’s not a counselling course, but provides basic information about how to manage important first conversations, and understand how to point people to relevant sources of professional help. It also offers tips on stress management and staying well.

It is well documented that, for all sorts of complex reasons, those within the veterinary profession can sometimes find themselves very vulnerable. It has been proven that information sessions and training around the subject of wellbeing and mental health can be incredibly therapeutic.

The idea is that the more you know and understand about your own mental health the easier it is to empathise and help and support not only yourself but others too.

The programme aims to give participants the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of the most common mental health issues, and the ability and confidence to facilitate/encourage someone to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness.

This programme allows people to consider their own mental health. It provides an overview of some common mental health problems, causes, symptoms and treatments, and teaches people how to:

• recognise distress
• be confident in providing support when issues start to present
• guide/facilitate a person towards appropriate support
• recognise self-help strategies
• recognise why they may feel vulnerable

This course is run by Trevor Bell, who cares passionately about Mental Health and destroying the stigma associated with the subject, which he says is a national disgrace. He set up his own training company in 2005 and it has taken him all over the country delivering bespoke and off the shelf training programmes to help people and organisations increase their literacy in mental health.

Trevor is one of the most respected and successful specialist trainers in the country, working with a list of clients that includes The John Lewis Partnership, Unilever, The Princes Trust, Procter and Gamble, Local Authorities, Civil Service Departments and Boots plc. He is an Associate of Mental Health First Aid England and was invited to the House of Lords in 2014 to receive a special award for the delivery of mental health awareness training and increasing people’s literacy in the subject.

Trevor has delivered mental health awareness training to several hundred members of the veterinary team, as part of the Mind Matters Initiative.

Available dates

We have completed many sessions of the training course already, and have been bowled over by the positive feedback.

Why not join a session near you, upcoming dates are below, and we add new courses all the time.

22 June – VetsNorth, AJ Bell Stadium – please visit the vetsNorth website to register


We are running a series of full-day courses jointly with BSAVA, for whose support we are very grateful. Please visit their website for dates/venues and booking information.

9 May – Basingstoke – FULLY BOOKED

23 May – Welshpool

7 June – Cambourne

19 June – Chester – FULLY BOOKED

4 July – Derby

5 July – Gatwick – FULLY BOOKED

9 July – Wetherby

21 October – Glasgow

7 November – Omagh

29 November – at the RCVS in London

Mental health for managers courses

Are you in a management role within veterinary practice? Would you like more confidence when supporting colleagues with mental health difficulties and maintaining a positive working environment?

We have joined forces with the Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) to design a course to help those in a management role in a veterinary practice or other veterinary workplace to support colleagues with mental health issues.

More details and registration for the following dates and locations can be found on our Eventbrite page.

12 May – Hazlewood Castle, Hazlewood, North Yorkshire

14 June – Holiday Inn Express, Swansea East, Neath, Wales

23 June –  Holiday Inn, Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh

27 June – Lumley Castle, Bradbury, Co Durham

4 July – Hitchcock Cricket Pavilion, Kilmington, Devon

6 July – De Rougemont Manor, Brentwood, Essex

10 July – Bromsgrove Golf Club, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

12 July –  Daresbury Park Hotel, Warrington, Cheshire

14 July – The Potters Heron Hotel, Romsey, Hampshire

19 July – Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket, Suffolk

Mindfulness webinar series

Following the very positive feedback from our first series of mindfulness webinars, earlier this year, registrations are now open for our second series. The eight one-hour webinars, kindly hosted by The Webinar Vet, will again see Dr Mike Scanlan teaching mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve wellbeing.

Comments from participants on the first series included this gem: “The course has been a great help to me, enjoyable, relaxing and enlightening. I wish I had been able to do it years ago. Better late than never! I would recommend it to everyone. Here’s to the new and happier me! Mike is an inspiration!”

The sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings, from 8-9pm, starting on 1 February 2017, but don’t worry if you can’t attend every live session, they will also be recorded. The series costs £40, or £200 for a ten-person practice ticket (prices exclude VAT), and you can sign up here on the Webinar Vet website.