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Vetlife need your support so they can continue to support team vet

11 May 2021 | Eve Ritchie

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10 – 16 May is Mental Health Awareness Week, and Vetlife are encouraging team vet to join them for a series of online events. Eve Ritchie, Communications Officer for Vetlife, explains how you can get involved and help to support the charity during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.

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Busiest year on record for Vetlife

Vetlife supports the veterinary community through its Helpline, Health Support and Financial Support. In 2020, Vetlife’s Helpline and Health Support services both experienced around a 25% increase in demand during their busiest year yet. This comes at a time when a decrease in income has put a strain on charity resources – so donations are more important than ever.

Vetlife are hosting a series of virtual activities throughout Mental Health Awareness Week on social media, and are asking team vet to join in, donate £5, and nominate 5 friends to get involved.

Mental Health Awareness Week activities

The week kicked off yesterday with an amazing meditation session led by vet and yoga teacher VetYogi who guided participants through a session of Yoga Nidra, which is a type of sleep yoga. The session was recorded and is still available to view. On Tuesday, Vetlife Trustees Danny Chambers and Paul Horwood will host a virtual pub quiz to discover who is the brain of the vet community. There will be a yoga session hosted by vet and yoga teacher Sarah Guthrie which will incorporate breathwork and mindfulness on Wednesday. James Russell will bring the activities to a close on Friday with a feel good work out to help you get your body working, and feeling energised for the weekend. Read more about the weeks activities here.

Other ways to get involved

From fundraising, to sharing mental health resources at your workplace, there are lots of other things you can do to help this Mental Health Awareness Week. In the Vetlife shop, you’ll find free resources such as our going home checklist and posters, which you can print off and display in your practice to spread awareness with your colleagues about the help available. You can also order free Helpline stickers to be sent to you.

Becoming a member is another fantastic way to support Vetlife’s work. From as little as £4.20 a month, you can help Vetlife continue their vital work, and make sure that there is support in place for all who may need it.

If you’d like to fundraise for Vetlife, download our fundraising pack to get inspired.

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