Are you struggling with your mental health? If the answer is yes, then you are definitely not alone. Many people find it very difficult to talk about their mental health, but we hope that our toolkit, filled with resources, books, downloadables, signposting links and personal stories, will encourage you to share how you’re feeling. You might even find that you inspire someone else to do the same!

Please take the time to read through and explore this page at your own pace. Some of the content is challenging, but we hope that sharing stories openly will start conversations, and may resonate with your own experiences. We’ve included trigger warnings where applicable.

If you feel you need to talk to someone, there is a list of resources at the bottom of the page that you may find helpful.

“What three things would you say to support your veterinary team?” – How often do we say these to ourselves?

Blogs

Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

In this blog from Park House Veterinary Centre in Stafford, Chloe, a Student Veterinary Nurse, shares how we can promote positive mental health within the workplace.


Webinars

Overcoming Overwhelm

Thank you to Roo The Mojo Coach for providing this webinar.


Mental Wellbeing

Thank you to Roo The Mojo Coach for providing this webinar.


Importance of Sleep

Thank you to Dr Rosie Allister and Vetlife for providing this webinar.


Practising Self-Compassion

Thank you to Dr Rosie Allister and Vetlife for providing this webinar.


Our Profession, My Resilience – A campfire on resilience and wellbeing


Downloads

You may wish to print this poster and put it somewhere prominent in your workplace, as a reminder to yourself and colleagues of how to look after your own mental health, as well as how to recognise signs you may be struggling and where to seek support.


Personal Stories

Becky’s Story

In this blog, Becky discusses her journey with her physical and mental health, which included a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.

*Trigger Warning – Disability, Mental Health, Workplace Bullying, Suicide, Self Harming and Alcohol Abuse.


Bonnie’s Story

Bonnie discusses how loss and bereavement have impacted her mental health. She also tells us how sharing her experiences of pregnancy loss has led to changes in policies in her workplace.

*Trigger Warning – Pregnancy Loss, Bereavement, Suicide and Mental Health.


Rachel’s Story

Rachel discusses how trauma and a breast cancer diagnosis led to paving a new career path, in coaching and mental health support for the veterinary profession.

*Trigger Warning – Divorce, Single Mum, Mental Health and Breast Cancer.


An RVN’s Story (Anonymous)

This blog covers an RVN’s journey with mental health and anorexia. They discuss how, through initially approaching their mental health first aider, their practice were able to help them.

*Trigger Warning – Anorexia, Depression, Anxiety and Mental Health.


Lucy’s Story

Lucy shares her experiences with both mental and physical health conditions, including how she now promotes accessibility within the veterinary profession and wider society.

*Trigger Warning – Mental Health, Disability, Depression, Anxiety, Neurodiversity, Workplace Bullying, Functional Neurological Disorder, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Wheelchair User.


Kate’s Story

Kate discusses her journey with mental health which included a diagnosis with ADHD. She tells us how she has learned to embrace self-care, and also encourage it in those around her.

*Trigger Warning – Anxiety, Depression, Alcohol Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts, Feeling Alone, Mental Health, Stress, Verbal Abuse, Neurodiversity and ADHD.


Lauryn’s Story

In this blog, Lauryn discusses her journey with mental health and anxiety. She tells us how her workplace have been very understanding and supportive throughout, with an allocated wellbeing group where communication is encouraged.

*Trigger Warning – Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health.


Books


Signposting

For emergency support

If you need immediate and urgent help:

General resources
Promoting mental wellbeing
Mental health in the workplace
Addiction and alcohol/substance abuse
Pregnancy, miscarriage and baby loss
Pain and physical health
Eating disorders

We will be updating this toolkit periodically with additional stories and resources. If you would like to share your own story or if there is anything further you would like to see in the toolkit, please contact us at bvna@bvna.co.uk.