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THE Vet Helpline, the telephone support line for veterinary professionals and their families, will be the first beneficiary of a new initiative launched by the RCVS last week to help address mental health and wellbeing issues within the veterinary profession.
The Mind Matters Initiative aims to proactively increase the accessibility and acceptance of support available to the veterinary profession and to encourage a culture ‘that is better equipped to talk and deal with stress and related mental health issues’. The College announced that the first action to be taken under the initiative is the provision of funding to ensure that callers to the Vet Helpline support service are put through directly to a person, rather than having to leave a message. …