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MMI Releases Mind Matters Mental Health Symposium Report and Videos

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The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) has released a report depicting the findings from the fourth Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium as well as videos of talks from the day.

The event, which took place on 10th October 2023, in Manchester, saw veterinary mental health researchers from across Europe come together to share their insights into a variety of areas of veterinary mental health, including moral injury, suicide and suicide prevention, the impact of racism, veterinary nurse mental health, and workplace stressors for autistic veterinary professionals. There were a total of 77 attendees, including a mix of academic researchers and veterinary professionals.

The day was split into three main sections. The first portion of the day included a welcome address from Dr Kate Richards, chair of the Mind Matters Initiative, followed by the keynote and plenary address from Dr Leah Quinlivan on “Evidence-based care for people who have self-harmed: risk prediction, psychosocial assessments, and aftercare.”

The second portion of the day included talks from previous recipients of the Mind Matters Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, which was first set up in honour of former RCVS Council member and veterinary mental health advocate Sarah Brown. These research talks, which included research into topics spanning from the impact of racism on the mental health of veterinary professionals to the impact of moral injury on UK veterinary professional well-being, were introduced by RCVS CEO and Mind Matters founder Lizzie Lockett.

After lunch, attention turned to quick-fire research talks, where researchers from across the field of veterinary mental health research each had 15 minutes to take to the stage to present their projects. These talks provided insight into a range of important topics and included presentations from seasoned academics as well as those just starting out in their careers. These sessions were chaired by Angharad Belcher, director for the advancement of the professions and of the Mind Matters Initiative.

To close the day, Angharad then took to the stage to talk about the work of MMI, including its newly published 5-year strategy and evaluation documents, before MMI chair Dr Kate Richards closed the day’s proceedings with an outgoing address.

Angharad said, “The fourth Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium was a massively inspiring and insightful day. The field of veterinary mental health research is still relatively small, so it remains of utmost importance that we continue to band together to share our knowledge on this subject so that we can continue to learn and grow together and put these important learnings into practice.

“For us, it is vital that these new ground-breaking research projects are made available to all who want to learn more about helping to improve the mental health and well-being of those working within the veterinary professions. There is some truly fantastic work going on, which provides us with hope that we can all continue to work together towards a brighter future.

“There is no doubt that there is a long way to go, but improvement starts with education and research, so I would urge anybody who is interested in what is being done to help improve and support the mental health of those working within the veterinary professions, and who is keen to help us keep these vital conversations going to have a look through the report or access videos of the talks. It was a truly inspiring day with a lot of key takeaways.”

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