Entries by MMI Press Office

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022…Let’s Get Connected! – Dr Samantha Butler-Davies

Dr Samantha Butler-Davies BVSc MRCVS Veterinary Clinical Services Manager How did you stay connected with others over the pandemic period?  Pretty much all virtually. Be that from simple text/Whatsapp messages or video calls. Even just a one line “hello, how you doing today?” message was so important – to send and receive. I’ve tried to […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022…Let’s Get Connected! – Macauly Gatenby

Macauly Gatenby Veterinary Nursing Student, British Veterinary Nursing Association Student Representative, Mind Matters Initiative Taskforce Member How did you stay connected with others over the pandemic period?  The way I connected with others was through social media. As much as I hate the negativity it can cause, it was such a vital component of keeping […]

Overcoming Self-Doubt and Stressing Out

In this Campfire Chat, we explored Overcoming Self Doubt and Stressing Out. April marks Stress Awareness Month. It has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes, signs and coping strategies for stress. According to a 2018 study undertaken by the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of people in the […]

New collaboration to empower vet nurses to challenge incivility and encourage sustainable changes in the workplace

The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) has collaborated with VetLed, a leading provider of Human Factors skills training for veterinary professionals and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), to lead a series of initiatives that aim to tackle incivility in the workplace and encourage work environments that make employee wellbeing a priority. The recently launched […]

Celebrating Diversity

In this Campfire Chat, which took place on Zero Discrimination Day, we came together to discuss what celebrating diversity means to us, explore how this links to mental health, and shared our thoughts on why – and how – we should all be working towards greater inclusivity, both in and out of the workplace. Zero […]

The Joy of Creativity

In this Campfire Chat, we explored the Joy of Creativity! Creativity is everywhere. It’s what makes life interesting, what keeps us all moving forward, and provides an invaluable source of escapism. But how can creativity be used to help support our mental wellbeing? Are we all creative? And why is creativity so important? Key discussion […]

MMI celebrates neurodiversity in the veterinary professions with range of new initiatives and events

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) will be marking Neurodiversity Celebration Week (21 to 27 March) by launching a new ‘neurodiversity resource hub’ area of its website and adding new modules on the topic to its popular MMI Kite App. Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and […]

New report released detailing mental health research presented at third Mind Matters Initiative Symposium

A report has been published detailing the proceedings of last November’s Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) Research Symposium, where attendees from across the veterinary professions joined MMI for a day of virtual talks given by mental health and wellbeing researchers from across the globe. The symposium, which took place on 24 November 2021, was introduced by […]

Report released with highlights and key outcomes from the recent Student Veterinary Wellbeing Discussion Forum

Today (19 January) the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and VN Futures have released a report which details the key discussions from their recent Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN) Wellbeing Discussion Forum and what next steps the profession needs to take to improve the mental wellbeing of student and recently qualified vet nurses. The event was organised […]

Square pegs, round holes

We often talk about career routes and every time it brings a smile to my face imagining what younger Lacey would think if she could see me now. I’d been a good student in school, worked hard and got on well with everyone often driving projects; yet growing up in the Valleys I’d been told […]

MMI warmly welcomes our newest team member

We’re delighted to introduce you to the newest member of the Mind Matters Initiative team, Lacey Pitcher. Lacey joins us as our Outreach and Engagement Senior Officer and will be involved with many of our ambitious and exciting projects for the year, including helping to create a new MMI training programme and leading on our […]