CVMA-ACMV

Mental Health Webinars

Time to Talk Vet Mental HealthWhile one in five Canadian veterinarians and technologists have reported suicide ideation, burnout, and depression, most will be cautious about talking to a co-worker, friend, or family member about it. They are even less likely to adopt self-care strategies or seek professional help. And while some members of the veterinary profession may not experience mental illness first-hand, it is likely they know someone who has or will experience mental illness.

Merck Animal Health and the CVMA are leading the way to start open and honest conversations about mental health in the veterinary community, help breakdown stigma, and create a community where members look out for and help one another.

 

Webinars

Do You Feel Like An Imposter? You Are Not Alone. Take Action To Learn About Imposter Syndrome In Vet Med.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download the CE certificate here.

Download the presentation here.

Watch the recorded webinar here or below.


Get Real About Your Mental Health: a Webinar in Honour of CMHA Mental Health Week

Dr. Karen Karsten talks about “The child within: how our childhood can shape adult behaviours.” Childhood experiences have been shown to be an important determinant of physical, mental, and social well-being. When we understand that a behaviour or health condition is related to our individual childhood experience, we are better equipped to adapt and care for ourselves.

Please be careful watching this on your own as it is possible that some of the topics in this presentation may be unsettling. If your emotions or thoughts become too disturbing: 

  • Please step away from the presentation. Take a few slow, deep breaths. Decide if you are able to continue or it's better to walk away?  
  • Do you need to talk? Dr. Karen Karsten is available  at karenkarsten7233@gmail.com and Terrie Ann McKinley is available at Terrieannmckinley@gmail.com

Safety is important and please keep yourself safe.

Download the presentation here.

Download the CE certificate here.

Watch the recorded webinar here.


Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 28, 2021

It's Time to Talk about mental health in Vet Med in honour of Bell Let's Talk. Join us for a 1-hour conversation on this occasion at 12 p.m. EST.

Join other veterinary professionals across Canada in this webinar to learn about:
• Mental health and mental illness and how it is okay to have both
• Signs and symptoms of common mental illness and the prevalence in
veterinary medicine
• How stigma gets in the way of getting help and being helpful
• Where to get help in your local community

View the invitation and registration information here.

Download the presentation here.

Download the CE certificate here.

Watch the recorded webinar here or below:

These are the words and statements which participants shared to answer the question:
What does mental health mean to you?

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These are the words and statements which participants shared to answer the question:
What supports your mental health?

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Crafting a Safety Plan to Prevent Suicide

Suicide is a leading cause of death in Canada and for every one suicide death 7 to 10 people's lives are forever changed from the loss. Suicide is preventable and talking about it saves lives. This webinar features Robert Olson, from the Centre for Suicide Prevention, who will explain how to use the Centre's Suicide Safety Plan toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help laypeople learn how to have a safety conversation with a suicidal person and co-create a safety plan together.

We will also hear from suicide attempt survivors as traditionally they have been left out of suicide prevention conversations and hearing their stories helps offer hope for those at risk and give them reasons to go on living. 

Watch the recorded webinar here or below:


“WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT SUICIDE IN VET MED”

Who - Suicide Prevention webinar

Learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Spitzer here.

Learn more about Robert Olson here.

Watch the recorded webinar here or below:


Winning at the Long Game: Workplace Mental Health Policies are the Way Forward

This is a a step-by-step webinar on what the policies are, why they are important for the veterinary workplace, and how to implement them.

Presenter:
Coral Doherty, RVT, Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (CMHA) 

Coral achieved her Certification as Psychological Health and Safety Advisor from the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association). To those who work with her, she is best known for her commitment to a gold standard of service, project management, and communication skills. Her enthusiasm, abundant thinking, and drive for success are pillars to achieving your success.

Watch the recorded webinar here or below:


Staying Psychologically Safe in the face of COVID-19

In this webinar you will:
- Learn about community and social resources for your psych safety
- Practice an evidence-based mindfulness technique
- Be together with kindness for ourselves and each other

Speaker: Dr. Kathy Keil

Watch the recorded webinar here or below:


IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH IN VETERINARY MEDICINE

Bell Let's Talk Day is January 29, 2020. The annual Bell Let's Talk awareness campaign is driving the national conversation to help reduce the stigma around mental health and promote awareness and understanding of mental health. Join us for a one-hour conversation on this occasion.

Join other veterinary professionals across Canada in this webinar to learn about:

  • Mental health and mental illness and how it is OK to have both
  • Signs and symptoms of common mental illness and the prevalence in veterinary medicine
  • How stigma gets in the way of getting help and being helpful
  • Where to get help in your local community

January 29, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST

Speaker: Dr. Kathy Keil

View the invitation in its entirety here.

Register here.

It's Time to Talk about Mental Health in Veterinary Medicine

Bell Let's Talk Day is January 29, 2020. The annual Bell Let's Talk awareness campaign is driving the national conversation to help reduce the stigma around mental health and promote awareness and understanding of mental health. Join us for a one-hour conversation on this occasion.

Join other veterinary professionals across Canada in this webinar to learn about:

  • Mental health and mental illness and how it is OK to have both
  • Signs and symptoms of common mental illness and the prevalence in veterinary medicine
  • How stigma gets in the way of getting help and being helpful
  • Where to get help in your local community

January 29, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST

Speaker: Dr. Kathy Keil

View the invitation in its entirety here.

Register here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s OK to Talk about Emotions: Finding your Emotional Comfort Zone in your Veterinary Work

Watch the recorded webinar here or below.

Euthanasia is an intensely emotional experience for everyone. As veterinary professionals you might have experienced a mix of emotions around euthanasia, maybe grief or fear or anger or pride or joy. Dr. David Hannah, at Simon Fraser University in B.C. is leading some fascinating and eye-opening research around one’s personal comfort zone at euthanasia.

Watch this webinar to hear Dr. Hannah explain what a comfort zone is, how we can be more aware of the zone and its facilitators and hindrances, and do your veterinary work, especially euthanasia and other intense work, more effectively and sustainably. This webinar is the second in a series of webinars of the Time to Talk about Veterinary Mental Health” Merck-CVMA initiative. The vision to come together as a community and have open conversations about mental health in Canadian veterinary medicine.

Speaker: David R. Hannah

David R. Hannah is an Associate Professor of Management at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hannah is a Past President of the Western Academy of Management and was chosen as their 2008 Ascendant Scholar. His research focuses on how people navigate dilemmas and tensions in their working lives, and his recent study on how veterinarians cope with the emotional demands of their work will be published in Academy of Management Discoveries in 2020. His other research has been published in numerous leading journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Business Horizons, Journal of Management Inquiry, and the Journal of Business Ethics. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry, a past recipient of the SFU Faculty of Business Administration Research Excellence Award, and the 2005 winner of the SFU Faculty of Business TD-Canada Trust Teaching Excellence Award.


Suicide awareness and prevention in the Canadian veterinary profession: Take a moment and change a life

  • Learn and practice the four evidence based coping strategies that have been specifically researched in veterinarians and technologists to help reduce burnout and stress
  • Learn and practice simple steps on how to help a coworker who is in distress 
  • Leave the webinar with practical guidelines on how to start conversations about mental health in work environments
  • Have access to a list of provincial and community mental health resources

English Webinar 

Speaker: Dr. Kathy Keil

Watch the recorded webinar here or below.

View the English webinar invitation here.

French Webinar 

Speaker: Dr. Martine Baillairgé

Watch the recorded webinar here or below.

View the French webinar invitation here.