Mind Matters: Mental Health Awareness Training - Thursday, 17 December

Mind Matters: Mental Health Awareness Training - Thursday, 17 December

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Online Mental Health Awareness Training

About this event

This online course is part of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Mind Matters Initiative and is open to all members of the veterinary practice team.

The Mind Matters Initiative recognises that the Covid-19 outbreak poses a great challenge to our mental health and wellbeing. Factors such as the risk to our physical health, government guidance around self-isolation and shielding, and the sudden and marked impact on our work, home and social lives, can leave us all particularly susceptible to feelings of stress, worry and anxiety.

This course explores some of the issues that you – or somebody close to you – may be facing, as well as providing strategies to help protect and enhance mental health and wellbeing at this difficult time.

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 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.

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On 17 December, we will be holding a half day of training via Zoom.


2:00pm - Course starts

5:00pm – Course finishes

There will be a short break in the middle of the course.


Thanks to Mind Matters funding, the course has been subsidised and is available at £15 per person, with 30 places available.

Please note payment must be made via Eventbrite at the time of booking, and we are unable to issue invoices.


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

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Mind Matters Team

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The programme

Just like physical health, we all have mental health which affects how we think, feel, and act. In any given year, one in four of us will experience some kind of problem with our mental health, with research showing that these numbers are even higher for members of the veterinary team. We know that veterinary professionals display higher than average rates of depression and anxiety, and that sadly vets are at an increased risk of suicide.

  • Do you know about common mental health conditions?
  • 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?
  • This half day interactive mental health awareness course from the Mind Matters Initiative will help answer these questions and more.

This course is run by Trevor Bell:

Trevor experienced his formative years in the Middle East, where his father worked in the copper mining industry. He’s lived in the North East of England most of his life and is married to Susan. He’s worked for five Government Departments in England before setting up his own training company in 2005.

Trevor cares passionately about Mental Health and destroying the stigma associated with the subject, which he says is a national disgrace. His training company set up in 2005 has taken him all over the country delivering bespoke and off the shelf training programmes to help people and organisations increase their literacy in mental health.

To date he has no “web” presence and gets all his work by referrals from satisfied customers. He is one of the most respected and successful specialist trainers in the country working with an enviable list of clients, which include The John Lewis Partnership, Unilever, The Princes Trust, Procter and Gamble, various Local Authorities, Civil Service Departments, Boots plc He also works with much smaller organisations too.

He is an Associate of Mental Health First Aid England and was invited to the House of Lords in 2014 to receive a special award for the delivery of mental health awareness training and increasing people’s literacy in the subject.

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If you have any questions about the course please email Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters Manger ( l.quigley@rcvs.org.uk )

Can you reserve me a place and I book at a later date?

Sorry, we are unable to reserve places, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I book on Eventbrite and pay via invoice?

Unfortunately we are unable to raise invoices for the associated costs. Payment must be made via Eventbrite at the time of booking.

What is the refund policy?

If you are unable to attend the course please email the RCVS Events Team on events@rcvs.org.uk . If you do this by 10 December, we will refund 50% of the ticket cost, minus the Eventbrite service fee.

How can I access the course?

You will be emailed joining instructions a few days before the course.