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29 November 2017 09:30 - 29 November 2017 17:30

Mental Health Awareness Training in London - Joint meeting with The Mind Matters Initiative

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Belgravia House, 62-64 Horseferry Road London London, SW1P 2AF

Mental ill-health will affect one in four people over the next 12 months. There are
particular issues within the veterinary team, with higher than average rates of suicide, and patterns of distress, anxiety and depression, among other illnesses.

• Could you spot the early warning signs of distress, anxiety or depression in your colleagues?
• Would you feel able to talk to someone experiencing these symptoms?
• Do you understand the legal issues around managing someone with mental ill-health?

If not, then help is on the way with a course from the Mind Matters Initiative. The training aims to help individuals better understand the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and know how to communicate with people they are concerned about. It’s not a counselling course, but provides basic information about how to manage important first conversations, and understand how to point people to relevant sources of professional help. It also offers tips on stress management and staying well.

Thanks to BSAVA funding, the course has been subsidised, and is available FREE to BSAVA members and is £40 per person for non-members.


Speaker: Trevor Bell

Courses are open to all members of the veterinary practice team.

Information about the course provider:

The programme
It is well documented that for all sorts of complex reasons those in the veterinary profession can sometimes find themselves very vulnerable.

It has been proven that information sessions and training around the subject of wellbeing and mental health can be incredibly therapeutic. The idea is that the more you know and understand about your own mental health the easier it is to empathise and help and support not only yourself but others too.

The programme aims to give participants the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of the most common mental health issues, and the ability and confidence to facilitate/encourage someone to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness.

This programme allows people to consider their own mental health. It provides an overview of some common mental health problems, causes, symptoms and treatments, and teaches people how to:

• recognise distress
• be confident in providing support when issues start to present
• guide/facilitate a person towards appropriate support
• recognise self help strategies
• recognise why they may feel vulnerable

For more information about the Mind Matters Project please contact Director Lizzie Lockett, on

Don’t forget, you can count this towards your CPD.


Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

BSAVA reserves the right to alter the programme or the speaker should this become necessary due to unavoidable circumstances.  BSAVA reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances.  Registrants should note that the BSAVA member's rate applies only when the person attending the course is a member of the Association.  To qualify for the reduced member's rate for courses, non-members must join BSAVA prior to the course.

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