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Mind Matters Reflects on Progress and Looks to Future with Publication of Evaluation and Strategy

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The RCVS  Mind Matters Initiative has, this week, released two key publications an Evaluation Report outlining its progress and impact since its inception almost a decade ago and its new five-year strategy announcing the project’s plans and future direction.  

Launched in December 2014, MMI was set up by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to help improve and support the mental health and well-being of those in the veterinary team, including students, veterinary nurses, veterinary surgeons and practice managers.  

The Evaluation Report reflects on the story of MMI so far, looking at some of the key projects established under its three main workstreams: prevent, protect, and support. The report includes case studies outlining the key challenges and problems that MMI has sought to address, what was done to address them, the impact made, and how lessons learned from each of those projects will be used to shape the future of MMI. 

The second publication, the Mind Matters Strategy, was developed alongside the evaluation and presents an overview of MMI’s plans for the next five years, taking stock of MMI’s achievements so far and looking ahead to new areas of focus that build on current successes while learning from the challenges faced in previous years. The Strategy summarises key objectives and how these fit into the existing MMI prevent, protect and support workstreams. 

Mind Matters manager Lisa Quigley said: “MMI has achieved so much over the past eight years, but none of it would have been possible without the support and collaborative efforts of other organisations who share our values and intent.”

“Improving and supporting the mental health and well-being of veterinary professionals requires effective communication and input from across the board – there is no quick fix, and we must work together to keep the conversation going.”

“Our past projects have allowed us to connect with so many people from across the professions, and we are all ultimately working towards the same goal. Our evaluation report aims to encapsulate just how far we’ve come and the impact we have managed to have since our inception, but also to highlight what lessons can be taken forward into the future.” 

“Our five-year strategy is ambitious, but without that ambition, we wouldn’t have been able to get to where we are today. The veterinary and mental health and societal landscapes have evolved considerably over the past few years and will continue to do so.”

“We have achieved a lot, but there is always room for improvement, and we must remain agile and adaptable to change while continuing to listen to those with lived experience of the issues we seek to address.”

“I would like to personally thank everyone who has been involved in our various projects up until now and who has helped to guide our progress, particularly the members of the MMI Taskforce and everyone who contributed to our consultation.”

“Mind Matters is for you, our veterinary professionals. I hope you will continue to engage with our work in the coming years, so we can continue to grow and evolve to support as many people to thrive as possible.” 

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