Member Wellbeing

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SVMA Member Wellness Support Program

Did you know the SVMA provides four hours of wellness counselling annually for ALL active SVMA members?
Click for complete MWSP details.

Winter Wellness Bistro

Wednesday February 6, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Crave Kitchen & Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Avenue, Regina

Past Wellness 'Nights Out' in Regina and Saskatoon have been so popular, we're presenting them again! This winter, the SVMA Wellness Committee brings you another dinner and discussion evening for vets, techs and everyone in the clinic with Tom Robinson, SHA, who specializes in mental health for medical professionals. Two hours of CE credit are approved for the evening.

Tickets are $50/person for dinner and 2H CE.  Click here to register.

Strategies for Wellbeing in the Practice

SaskVets have lots of great ideas about cultivating wellness in their practices:

Articles from your Veterinary Colleagues

Your fellow veterinarians have written many articles for their SaskVet colleagues on the subject of wellbeing in practice. The following are from past issues of SVMA News:

Wellness articles from veterinarian Dr Marie Holowaychuk:

Other Links, Articles and Studies

Coping with Stress at Work - American Psychological Association 
The Neuroscience of Compassion - Dr Tania Singer VIDEO
Dr Andy Roark speaks out about veterinarian suicide VIDEO Sept 16, 2016
Dr Andy Roark follow up on veterinarian suicide VIDEO Sept 17, 2016
Mental wellbeing of veterinarians and producers in Canada
A Cross-sectional study of mental health and wellbeing and their associations in the UK veterinary profession
Mindfulness-based stress reduction for health care professionals
Psychological impact of the animal-human bond in disaster preparedness and response
Resiliency training for medical professionals
Efficacy of resilience training programs- A systematic review protocol
Wellness, workplace stress, mental health and burnout of veterinarians in Australia
Suicide in Australian veterinarians
Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project - ASNTF
Veterinarians Don’t Always Have to Put on a Brave Face - DVM 360
The burden of care: Know the risks to your mental health - DVM360
10 Ways to Annoy Everyone in the Vet Clinic (a humorous side of mental wellness)
Veterinary Medicine: Human, Animal and Environmental Health - Ted Talk
How to Practice Emotional Hygiene – Ted Talk
Mental Health at Work (CCOHS)
Workplace Stress (CCOHS)
Substance Abuse in the Workplace (CCOHS)
Veterinary Burnout - Bellamy 2015
Inter-Clinic Communication - Smith 2015
ProfessionalWellness Checkup - Tryon 2014

Family Health & Fitness

In Motion - tips for getting fit for you and your family
Real Age - Find out your real age and get tips on how to improve your fitness and diet.
Health Canada - Canada's Food guide, consumer product safety information, drugs & health products, health care system and more.
Heart & Stroke Foundation - Visit this page for local programs, risk assessment, how to recognize stroke and heart attack symptoms
Kids Help Line - 24 hour counseling line for kids Call 1.800.668.6868
Provincial Parenting Education Network - parenting education
The Incredible Parent Directory 2014

Family Service Agencies

Family Services Regina - 757.6675
Catholic Family Services of Regina - 525.0521
Family Services Saskatoon - 244.0127
Catholic Family Services of Saskatoon - 244.7773
Moose Jaw Family Service Bureau - 694.8133
Catholic Family Services of the Battlefords - 445.6960
Catholic Family Services of Prince Albert - 922.3202
S.I.G.N. - Yorkton - 783.9409

Addiction Supports

Alcohol and drug services - Government of Saskatchewan
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Call Saskatoon 665.6727 - registry of meetings for the province (9 a.m. to midnight: emergency service midnight - 9 a.m.)
Problem gambling - Sign and symptoms; Help Line - 1.800.306.6789
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Saskatoon and district meetings - call 652.5216
Families Anonymous (FA)

Anxiety and Mood Disorders

        Canadian Mental Health Association
        Saskatchewan Mental Health Services


The Arthritis Society

Community Living

Saskatchewan Association for Community Living


Canadian Cancer Society

Grief and bereavement counselling

Grieving - Canadian Mental Health Association
Grief Therapists in Saskatchewan


Continuing Education  

The following are approved for CE credit with SVMA:

Mental Health First Aid  /  Find a MHFA course in Saskatchewan
Fostering Wellness in the Veterinary Workplace - D Marie Holowaychuk

Everyday Mindfulness

Help/crisis lines

EstevanHelp line - 634.3400
Estevan Family Violence Help Line - 634.3400
Kindersley - 463.6655
Kindersley W.C. Crisis & Family Support - 463.4357
LaRonge Family Services Centre - 425.3900
Lloydminster Crisis Line -403.875.1277
Melfort NE Crisis InterventionCentre - 752.9425
Moose Jaw Crisis Information - 694.1311
Moose Jaw Women'sTransition - 693.6511
North Battleford Crisis Line - 446.4444
North Battleford Interval House - 445.2742
Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit - 764.1011
Prince Albert Mental Health - 763.7747
Regina Mobile Crisis Unit - 757.7803
Regina Sexual Assault Line - 352.0434
Regina Transitional Women's Society - 757.2096
Saskatoon Child Protection Services - 933.6077
Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services -933.6200
Saskatoon Mental Health Clinic - 665.4000
Saskatoon Mobile Crisis Centre- 933.6200
Saskatoon Rape Crisis/Sexual Assault - 244.2224
Saskatoon RUH Psychological Services - 655.2341
Saskatoon Interval House - 244.0185
Saskatoon Sexual Assault - 244.2294
Saskatoon Tamara's House (shelter) - 683.8667
Spiritwood A.B.U.S.E. - 883.2497
Swift Current SW Crisis Services - 778.3833
Yorkton Crisis Centre - 783.5300

Counselling, human relations and mediation services

Professional Psychologists and Counsellors - 664.0000 (Saskatoon)

Pain (chronic and pain management)

Chartier, Arnold Brock & Associates (Saskatoon) - 664.6647
Chronic Pain Centre (Saskatoon) - 665.6242
Canadian Pain Society

Domestic Violence

        Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Programs
Services for Women
Alternatives to Violence Program