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Anxiety and self-compassion to be tackled in new VN Futures and MMI collaboration

The Mind Matters Initiative and VN Futures project are expanding their training collaboration to include self-compassion and anxiety workshops

The newest addition to the training collaboration between Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and VN Futures includes a number of new evidence-based workshops on anxiety and self-compassion.  

MMI Manager, Lisa Quigley, said: “We know that working in the veterinary professions is challenging.

“Evidence shows that veterinary professionals are at higher risk of suffering from common mental health problems such as anxiety and burnout than that of the general population.

“Using insights gathered from previous joint VN Futures and MMI ventures, we are proud to be expanding our training collaboration to provide targeted support which has the capacity to actively make a tangible difference to the professions.

“When it comes to mental health, well-being, and the curation of positive workplace cultures, there is no quick fix – it takes time and dedication from all involved.”

Jill Macdonald, VN Futures Project Lead, said: “Veterinary nurses are an essential part of the veterinary team and creating workplaces where the entire team is able to thrive and feel valued and respected is of utmost importance.

“Like our civility and psychological safety training, our new anxiety and self-compassion workshops are open to everyone in the veterinary team and are designed to provide people with the skills needed to create long lasting, sustainable positive change.

“We hope delegates will find the sessions useful and will apply the skills they have learned to support themselves and those around them both now and in the future.”

Initial training dates are as listed below and will take place in person (sessions cost £15 per person):

For more training sessions, including the joint MMI and VN Futures Civility and Psychological Safety training sessions, visit the Mind Matters training page.

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