Dr Karla Greenberg, Clinical Director of March on Stress, said: “We are delighted that the study shows the service is having a positive impact on the veterinary community. But rest, sleep, nutrition and hydration are more important than ever. Don't already have an Oxford Academic account? National Association for the Children of Alcoholics, Paladin – National stalking advocacy service, Rethink – Information on mental health laws, Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity. World Health Organisation, 2020, Mental health considerations during COVID-19 outbreak: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2. Vetlife Health Support offers free help to anyone in the veterinary community who is experiencing mental health difficulties, including, but not limited to stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug misuse and eating disorders. Vetlife commissions a remotely delivered veterinary-specific mental health service called Vetlife Health Support (VHS) which aims to improve the psychological wellbeing of veterinary professionals. If you’re not sure where to turn, visit the Vetlife website for sources of help on a whole range of problems, such as work-place bullying or eating disorders. Although Vetlife is now one of the largest veterinary organisations in the South Island, it is essentially the combination of 3 vet clubs and a private practice, with a forward-looking vision. Keep talking about difficulties like these so we can support each other. Structural Neuroplastic Responses Preserve Functional Connectivity and Neurobehavioural Outcomes in Children Born Without Corpus Callosum. Vetlife Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for confidential support. They offer ongoing support as required and help them to access NHS services. We also support family or colleagues who are concerned about someone. Many veterinary professionals have health conditions that increase their vulnerability to coronavirus infection and have been advised to take measures that mean it may be difficult for them to continue to work in the way they usually do. We know too that many contractors, locums, and people who are self employed may be facing immediate financial difficulty, and staff who are unwell or self-isolating may also be concerned about their income. 0303 040 2551 or confidential email via Vetlife Vetlife is a working title of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund which is a company limited by guarantee. Before your message is seen by volunteers, your email address is automatically removed and replaced with a random number. Using Mixed Methods to Identify the Primary Mental Health Problems and Needs of Children, Adolescents, and Their Caregivers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Farmina Pet Food USA 259 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001 - firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 1-888-292-9965 UK Phone :+44 (0) 2392 706929 Vetlife is proud to have a long-standing relationship with the SPCA. Thinking of ways you can continue to care for others if your working circumstances have changed can help to maintain a sense of contribution and meaning. Many vets are facing some of the busiest working periods in their year just now, and sleep may already be compromised, so take steps to prioritise rest days and breaks where you can. For pets, we offer a range of pet foods, leads, collars and harnesses, toys, bowls, beds and crates, flea and worm treatments and other over-the-counter medicines. 0303 040 2551 Vetlife Health Support offers free help to anyone in the veterinary community who is experiencing mental health difficulties, including, but not limited to stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug misuse and eating disorders. There is some excellent advice for professionals about sleep here. Every individual’s circumstances are different so please get in touch with us to discuss your situation in confidence. Usual foods and routines may be unavailable currently. Vetlife Health Support (VHS) is a mental health case management service for veterinarians with mental health difficulties. We don’t keep messages longer than this. For more general advice on the common issues faced by people in the veterinary community, visit the Vetlife main website at www.vetlife.org.uk. Being socially connected to other people is key for mental health. You do not currently have access to this article. Generosity, care, consideration, and being part of a community, even if its connections are sustained remotely, is good for the health of the giver as well as the receiver. Many in the veterinary industry will have faced disease outbreaks before, and may remember the difficulties they faced, and be experiencing memories of these. Vetlife supports the veterinary community through its helpline, as well as offering health and financial support. Support via email from Vetlife Helpline. These can be difficult, both immediately and later on. The strategies people have for recovery and staying well may have become more difficult, and for people with anxiety disorders, such as obsessive compulsive disorder or health anxiety, the behavioural changes being required of everyone may feel in contrast to mental health advice previously received. The service supports veterinary professionals as well as vet students and is funded by the charity Vetlife, as one element of the support they offer to the veterinary community. Whether you have a farming background or are starting out with a beginner’s knowledge of animal health, we at Vetlife can add value to your operation. Vetlife Health Support. We know that as well as those contributions to frontline efforts to combat the outbreak, that maintaining food production, supporting the lives of people who rely on their animals, and all of the benefits from the human animal bond are vital at times of trouble. Vetlife Health Support – new study published Added on the 18th February 2020. Interviews with service users revealed that they felt speaking to a mental health professional with veterinary-specific knowledge was beneficial for their wellbeing. It provides a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. People contact us for all sorts of reasons, sometimes related to veterinary work and often for reasons outside of work. People facing this may be frustrated, isolated, and still wanting to be part of their team. As a group of professionals we are often strongly motivated to help at times like this and some veterinary professionals in clinical roles, who are more distant from work to combat the outbreak, may feel frustrated that they have aligned knowledge but feel limited in what they can do in a human health crisis. Vetlife Helpline is an independent, confidential and free listening service for vets, veterinary nurses, students and all other staff working in veterinary workplaces. Welcome to Vetlife. Students who rely on work in the service industry to fund their studies may be facing acute financial hardship. Quantitatively, data showed that participants reported significant improvements in relationships and access to formal mental health care after contact with VHS. Where you can, wait for certainty and decisions before communicating information and make sure people know who they can go to with queries. In addition, we can help family members who depend on such veterinary surgeons financially. Farmina Vet Life is a new, revolutionary range of natural veterinarian diets designed to treat specific health conditions and/or prevent pathological states or their reoccurrence. Vetlife Helpline is an independent, confidential and free listening service for vets, veterinary nurses, students and all other staff working in veterinary workplaces. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Veterinary professionals often have a large amount of what is called social capital – being part of a community and part of something bigger than themselves. If you want to keep a record of your own messages and our replies, you can copy them from the site and save them elsewhere. We have learnt from previous outbreaks our own industry has faced that we are a strong and resilient profession who adapt in times of difficulty, but that we are strongest when we are working together and supporting each other. Any member of the veterinary community can reach out to Vetlife through its 24/7, 365 helpline. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide, This PDF is available to Subscribers Only. Talking to others can help lighten the load. Assessment of fracture risk tools in care home residents: a multi-centre observational pilot study. As a caring industry facing new pressures, it can be our first instinct to care for others and neglect our own health. The organisations we support are: Street Cats South Canterbury, Pound Paws Rescue, Cat Rescue Wanaka, Queenstown Cat Rescue, Riding for the Disabled – Waikouaiti, Timaru, Central Otago, Oxford Bird Rescue, NZ Raptor Trust, South Canterbury Hunt, Central Otago Hunt and Mid Canterbury Animal Welfare Centre. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. 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