The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) is reminding veterinary mental health researchers of opportunities to participate in two of its key research initiatives, which aim to support the development of mental health research within the veterinary field.
The first of the initiatives is the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant – a £20,000 grant which was set up in memory of vet, RCVS Council member and mental health campaigner Sarah Brown in 2019, to fund research into veterinary mental health. MMI is inviting researchers at all career stages to apply for the grant and any applications relevant to veterinary mental health are welcome. The application deadline has now been extended to 5pm on Thursday 15 June.
The second initiative is the biennial Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium, taking place this autumn in Manchester. MMI is calling on UK and international researchers working in the field of veterinary mental health and wellbeing to submit abstracts of up to 250 words in order to share their research at the Symposium. Researchers can choose to either give a 15-minute presentation on the day, or to present a poster which will be displayed at the venue for people to view throughout the lunch break. Again, researchers from all backgrounds and career stages are encouraged to apply, and projects can be based on any area of mental health and well-being within the veterinary profession. The abstract submission deadline for this has also been extended, to Thursday 1 June.
Mind Matters Manager, Lisa Quigley, said: “Mental health research is of critical importance and forms a significant part of our work at MMI.
“Since our inception, we have seen substantial growth in the number of veterinary mental health research projects coming to fruition and are proud to be supporting researchers in any way we can.
“Our Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant is now entering its fifth year and it has been really rewarding to see the impact that these projects have had, both in theory and practice. Past topics have included neurodiversity, moral injury and racism, to name a few, and we look forward to funding more important research this coming year.
“Our symposium is of equal importance and brings together veterinary researchers from across the globe to share their work. The winner of our 2023 Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant will also receive their award at the symposium, and previous winners will also be in attendance to present their research. The symposium offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the vital work currently taking place in the veterinary mental health research field, and we strongly encourage anybody working on a relevant project to get involved.”
For more information on the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant and how to apply, visit the MMI Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant page.
For further information on the Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium and how to submit an abstract, visit the MMI Symposium page.