Training

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 Lisa Quigley on lisa@vetmindmatters.org or 020 7050 1248.

Mental health awareness training

We run 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.

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

Resilience courses

Resilience is one of the most powerful tools we have in our personal wellbeing ‘toolkit’. It helps us to respond to the pressures of our everyday lives and to ‘bounce back’ when things get tough. Resilience is a particularly protective factor in the veterinary profession, where we know that veterinary professionals display higher than average rates of depression and anxiety, and that sadly vets are at an increased risk of suicide.

  • Do you know how resilient you are, and how your resilience levels impact on you in the workplace?
  • Have you ever thought about what’s in your personal resilience toolkit, and what could you add to it?
  • Do you know how to build upon your resilience levels, to protect yourself from symptoms of stress and mental ill-heath?

We’ve teamed up with BSAVA to deliver a series of FREE resilience training courses with a variety of resilience training providers throughout the UK.

More details will be published in due course.

Please also check our upcoming dates calendar for other scheduled sessions.