Mental health and wellbeing is a hot topic in the veterinary industry at present, with statistics highlighting the impact mental health is having on the profession. In November, The Veterinary Nurse co-hosted a series of webinars, aiming to provide support and information across a variety of topics including mental health, self-compassion and the benefits of flexible working.
Last month, The Veterinary Nurse – along with our sibling titles at UK-Vet – hosted the Veterinary Wellbeing Webinar Series. The free, CPD-accredited event aimed to address the unique challenges faced by the veterinary profession, and offered valuable insights, strategies and support.
We are all aware that there is a problem with mental health in the veterinary industry. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons launched the Mind Matters Initiative to combat this in 2014. Much of the research on mental health in the veterinary industry has focused on veterinarians, with studies finding that UK veterinarians are 3–4 times more likely to die by suicide (Platt et al, 2010).
The three webinars covered a wide variety of topics relating to mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary industry.
The first night of the Veterinary Wellbeing Webinar Series focused on the topic of self-compassion and how this can be the antidote to perfectionism.