The BSAVA is to hold a series of training sessions in mental health awareness in an effort to help reduce the numbers of vets and vet nurses affected by clinical depression.
The 12 meetings – one for each region – are its contribution to the RCVS Mind Matters initiative and will take place over a year, starting this summer.
The courses will provide training for all practice team members to help them recognise any signs of mental problems in their colleagues – and, perhaps, in themselves.
RCVS created Mind Matters in response to studies showing the suicide rate among vets was more than three times higher than that in the general population.
Through various initiatives, some with partners such as the BSAVA and the SPVS, Mind Matters aims to reduce the numbers in the profession suffering from clinical depression by increasing knowledge about mental well-being.
The course has been subsidised by the BSAVA and is available free to its members and £40 per person for non-members.
Details of the meetings are as follows:
- South-east region – 13 July, Maidstone, Kent
- Southern region – 14 July, Romsey, Hampshire
- North-east region – 5 September, Wetherby
- East Anglia region – 15 September, Cambridge
- West Midlands region – 21 September, Bromyard, Herefordshire
- North-west region – 27 September, Haydock, Merseyside
- South-west region – 5 October, Bristol
- Welsh region – 20 October, Bridgend
- Northern Ireland region – 26 October, Belfast
- Metropolitan region – 29 November, London
More dates will be announced shortly.
For more information, visit www.bsava.com