Mental Health and Wellbeing
Being a vet is challenging and can be tough. Vets need to assess and understand complex and often incomplete clinical information and at the same time exercise considerable physical skills. On top of this we have to maintain a compassionate and professional attitude towards patients, clients and colleagues. We also need to do this at a level of efficiency which ensures an adequate income for ourselves and the practices we work in.
If you are finding it hard to cope, or are concerned about a colleague, there are many places you can turn for confidential help. The Veterinary Benevolent Fund offer a 24 hour helpline. Whenever you call, you will receive a rapid response from one of their volunteers who are all veterinary surgeons or spouses of veterinary surgeons.
Call 07659 811118 or visit www.vetlife.org.uk
If you need immediate help, contact the Samaritans on 0845 790 9090
SPVS supports VBF. Please help by making sure that your workplace is displaying a Vet Helpline sticker.
SPVS believe that healthy minds lead to healthy practices and much of our non-clinical CPD focuses on the importance of managing your staff to ensure a happy functional team.
Visit www.vpma-spvs-events.co.uk/ for more details.