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.

SPVS Mind Matters logoThe 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.

Increasing knowledge

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.

Event dates

Details of the meetings are as follows:

More dates will be announced shortly.

For more information, visit

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

2 Comments on "Free mental health courses aim to reduce profession suffering"

Notify of

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
7 months 4 days ago

Clearly vets in Scotland must be resistant to such mental health issues and do not need to be catered for……

Vet Times
7 months 4 days ago

Hi Emma,

While the Scots are doubtlessly made of sterner stuff, the BSAVA has yet to confirm the last two regional locations for this event – which, presumably, will be the Scottish and the East Midlands regions.

We’ll add these locations to the map when we learn of them.


related content

Leadership, innovation and culture change are the central themes in the RCVS' three-year strategic plan, which was published on 16 January.

6 mins

The 2017 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines is now available.

Petra Agthe, a specialist in veterinary diagnostic imaging at Hampshire-based Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, has launched the Good Life Campaign.

RVN Sophie Beckwith questions who is best suited to the role of a human resources position in a veterinary clinic – a practice team member or an HR-trained individual?

27 mins

SVN Simon Johnson discusses the preconceptions he faces as a man in a predominately female profession and how this can be addressed in the future.

18 mins

CVS Group has appointed Belinda Andrews-Jones to its newly created role of director of nursing. Dan Curtis of Pet Medic Recruitment speaks with her about this and her career to date.

16 mins