In today’s blog post we cover the latest campaign from the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) which is launching its new ‘campfire chats’ on issues affecting the veterinary profession.
Offering mental health awareness training, MMI tries to break down the stigma associated with mental ill-health and develop support resources and courses to help students, vets, nurses and practice managers to flourish, and, when needed, to get back on form.
Launched in 2015 and funded and run by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Mind Matters is a pan-professional initiative, supported by a taskforce comprising representatives from key veterinary and veterinary nursing organisations.
The new free series of ‘Campfire Chats’ are informal online conversations led by members of the professions on some of the key issues affecting veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and other members of the vet-led team under the current circumstances.
Angharad Belcher is the recently appointed Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Director of Advancement of the Professions who joined the organisation at the beginning of 2021 and has developed the programme with Mind Matters Manager, Lisa Quigley.
Angharad commented: ‘No one in the professions need to be told that the last year or so has been extraordinarily tough, but what has got many of us through is a sense of shared experience and solidarity whether that’s with family, friends, colleagues or the wider community. These campfire chats aim to draw on the importance of connectedness by bringing together members of the veterinary community to share their thoughts, experiences and solutions in an informal and friendly online setting.
‘Though we have panels hosting every session, these events are not formal talks or lectures and are very much about audience participation and feedback. We hope many of you can join us to talk about the struggles, challenges and occasional hilarities of veterinary life in the time of coronavirus and, in doing so, improve your own wellbeing.
‘All those who sign-up are encouraged to join the proceedings with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows to keep up with the camping theme – please feel free to send us selfies of you enjoying these but remember, don’t light campfires indoors!’
Following the initial event on Wednesday 26 February, the next planned campfire chats are:
You can sign up to join any of the events for free by visiting the Eventbrite sign up page on: http://rcvsmindmatters.eventbrite.co.uk. For more information on MMI and their brilliant work, visit http://www.vetmindmatters.org/