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Mental health symposium to showcase groundbreaking international research

The veterinary Mind Matters Initiative’s (MMI) fourth Mental Health Research Symposium will take place in Manchester this autumn

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At the Mind Matters Initiative’s (MMI) fourth Mental Health Research Symposium, presentations will be delivered by veterinary mental health researchers from across the UK and Europe, including those whose projects have been funded by MMI’s Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grants.

The symposium takes place at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Tuesday 10 October.

Tickets cost £45 per person, although the event is free for students, people with lived experience of mental health problems and people who are unwaged, who would not otherwise be able to attend.

The symposium will be launched by the plenary speaker Dr Leah Quinlivan, a research fellow and chartered psychologist at the University of Manchester.

Her talk, “Evidence-based care for people who have self-harmed: risk prediction, psychosocial assessments, and aftercare”, will outline the importance of improving mental health services for patients who have harmed themselves, via discussion of evidence, policy and practice for risk prediction, psychosocial assessment and aftercare.

Leah’s talk will be followed by presentations from recipients of the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant. (The recipient of this year’s Sarah Brown grant will also be presented with their award at the symposium.)

In the afternoon, there will be a number of talks from people already working in veterinary mental health research on topics including:

  • Post-COVID well-being among veterinary professionals
  • The impact of companion animal euthanasia
  • Workplace stressors and how they change with career stage
  • The quality of mental health support received by veterinary nurses

Full details of the symposium, including abstracts and speaker biographies, will be published in due course.

Lisa Quigley, MMI project manager, said: “This year it is great to get back to having an in-person MMI symposium.

“This year, the event promises once more to be a supportive and thought-provoking event, where we can gather to share findings, information and best practice for the good of the professions.

“The recent publication of MMI’s five-year strategy has outlined our recognition that we need to expand the conversation beyond mental health awareness and into looking at more systemic and cultural issues, as well as exploring how the insights gained from research might be implemented in practice.

“These ambitious aims are reflected in the breadth of the talks and presentations at the symposium and so I look forward to hearing more from those who share our values and aims, and to continuing the conversation about how and where we can do more.

“The symposium is very much open to all members of the veterinary team including vets, vet nurses, practice managers and academics.

“Previous feedback we’ve received from attendees has been uniformly positive, citing the insight of the researchers, the important discussions that have taken place about the research and the ability to network and talk to others with a passion for veterinary mental health and well-being.

“Finally, we are grateful to veterinary mental health researcher and Vetlife helpline manager Dr Rosie Allister, MRCVS, for her continued support with the curation of the research programme.”

Further information about the Mental Health Research Symposium, including registration details and a link to the symposium’s Eventbrite page, can be found on the MMI website.

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