New self-help video targets equine vets
The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) have joined forces to raise awareness of the mental health and wellbeing challenges facing equine vets and to offer advice and support.
They have launched a short animated film featuring a typical day in the life of a young equine vet and including information about some simple measures that would support good mental health.
The film depicts the sense of accomplishment that vets get when, for example, they save a life or get a tricky mare in foal as well as the stressful days when things don’t go well.
‘Implementing mechanisms that help vets cope with work-related stressors as well as reducing barriers to seeking mental health support may well reduce the risks of serious psychological distress and suicide, said Sue Dawson, chair of the MMI at the launch of the video last Friday, October 9.
The film suggests a number of simple changes that equine vets can incorporate into their day to help maintain a healthy work-life balance, some practical ways to make the most challenging days more manageable and general good practice to help equine veterinary professionals keep things in perspective.
‘Well-established research has shown that veterinary professionals across multiple sectors are at a higher risk of serious psychological distress and suicide,’ added Sue Dawson. ‘There is also evidence, however, that implementing mechanisms to help vets cope with work-related stressors, as well as reducing barriers to seeking mental health support, may well reduce risks.’
The film also includes information about the support resources available from Mind Matters as well as contact details for the veterinary community support charity, Vetlife.
It is available now to watch and share on the MMI, BEVA and RCVS websites and on social channels.
Any practice that wants to obtain a high resolution copy for use in training should contact MMI manager, Lisa Quiglet at firstname.lastname@example.org