With just over a month to go until the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) hosts its biennial Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) Mental Health Research Symposium, early bird tickets are available at a reduced rate ahead of the event.
Coinciding with World Mental Health Day, the MMI Symposium will take place at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Tuesday, 10th October and bring together veterinary mental health researchers from across the UK and Europe to share their work. This includes former Sarah Brown, a mental health research grant recipient, who will share project progress updates.
Dr Leah Quinlivan, a research fellow and chartered psychologist at the University of Manchester, will deliver the plenary. Her talk, “Evidence-based care for people who have self-harmed: Risk prediction, psychosocial assessments, and aftercare”, will outline the importance of improving mental health services for patients who have harmed themselves via discussion of evidence, policy, and practice for risk prediction, psychosocial assessment, and aftercare.
In addition to presentations from the Sarah Brown Grant recipients and Dr Quinlivan, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of international veterinary mental health research experts on an array of topics ranging from the impacts of euthanasia on veterinary professionals to the impact of Covid on veterinary mental wellbeing in Europe.
RCVS director for the advancement of the professions, Angharad Belcher, said: “The Mind Matters Symposium is such an important event in the RCVS calendar as it highlights just how much progress is being made and how committed professionals both within and outside of the veterinary professions are when it comes to improving veterinary mental health.
“We know that those working in the veterinary professions are more at risk of developing mental health issues than the general population, so it is vital that we do all we can to support people where we can, and research plays a key role in this.
“This is our first in-person symposium since before the pandemic, so we are keen to involve as many people as possible. We welcome all veterinary team members, those curious about mental health in the veterinary context, those early on in their careers, experienced researchers, and everyone in between.
“Our early bird tickets are available for £45 until 11th September 2023, whereafter they will be available at our general admission price of £60. It’s also worth noting that we have a limited number of free tickets available for those who wish to attend but do not have the means.
“This includes students, people with lived experience of mental health problems, and unwaged people. If you fall into this category and are interested in attending, please do get in touch.”
For more information about the Mind Matters Research Symposium and to book your place, visit here.