ABSTRACT: Many people still feel that there is a stigma attached to mental health problems and therefore will not discuss them with work colleagues. Some colleagues may feel uncomfortable as they did not know how to act around you, use this as an opportunity to educate them. It is important to recognise triggers that may cause stress and anxiety and trying different types of coping mechanisms to help alleviate the symptoms. Having supportive work colleagues can make a big difference on how you feel, find someone that you can talk to and do not feel ashamed that you suffer with mental health issues.


Di Wilson RVN

Di qualified in 2009, and has been in general practice since. She has worked in both small animal practice, equine and helped out on farm calls. She is currently working at Macqueens Veterinary Center in both first opinion and orthopaedic referrals. Di has also volunteered at ACE (Animal Care in Egypt) working with limited equipment on all species of animal including camels. She is currently studying for the Improve International Surgical Nursing Certificate. She enjoys surgical nursing, the rehab of orthopaedic patients and teaching the future of veterinary nurses through her role as a clinical coach.

Email: diwilson5282@gmail.com

Keywords: mental health; coping mechanisms; anxiety; support

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 36 (10) • October 2021 pp306-308

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