The Mind Matters Initiative has extended the deadlines for its Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grants, as well as its call for abstracts for the upcoming Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium.

The deadline for the £20,000 research grants, launched in 2019 in memory of elected RCVS council member Sarah Brown, who passed away in 2017, has been extended to Friday, May 21, to give researchers more time to put their proposals together.

The grant is awarded to fund research focusing on prevention, diagnosis, intervention and treatment in relation to the mental health and wellbeing of veterinary professionals.

The ‘call for abstracts’ is an ask for researchers from the UK and beyond who are working in mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary professions, to submit research papers for the upcoming Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium.

The event, titled ‘Understanding and supporting veterinary mental health’, takes place online on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, and research abstracts are now due for submission by Friday, May 21.

Applicants must be affiliated with a university and ethical approval must be in place before any award will be paid.

Proposals should be no more than 3,000 words and should include aims, methods, ethical considerations, proposed timelines, project costings, and a bibliography.

Proposals will be judged on their relevance to the veterinary professions, the originality of the proposed research and value for money.

What is the Mind Matters Initiative?

The Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those in the veterinary profession including; students; veterinary nurses; veterinary surgeons; and practice managers.

MMI was launched in 2015 and is funded and run by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons and nurses in the UK.

The RCVS has made a five-year, £1 million commitment to Mind Matters, showing the intent to take the mental health and welfare of its members seriously.