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SAVE THE DATE FOR A REJUVENATING VETERINARY RETREAT ...

Building Resiliency, Cultivating Compassion, and Putting Them 'into Practice’
Saturday/SundayApril 28-29, 2018
at Living Skies Retreat and Conference Centre (formerly St. Michael's) in the beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley.

Your 24 hour getaway begins late afternoon Saturday April 28 and goes to the same time on Sunday (perfect for vets and vet techs on Saturday duty!) 
The retreat has been designed to refresh mind, body and spirit.
Accomodations, all meals, interactive CE (# CE hours TBA) and renewed perspective on veterinary practice are included in the $200 fee. 
Facilitators: Erin Wasson, Trisha Dowling, Lynne Sandmeyer and Kathleen Kiel
 
Registration opens soon!

 

SVMA Member Wellness Support Program

Did you know the SVMA provides four hours of wellness counselling annually for ALL active SVMA and SAVT members? Did you know in-practice mediation services are covered as well?

Click for Member Wellness Support Program details.

 

Featured Article

Ten Tips for Staying Well this Holiday Season

Dr Marie Holowaychuk

The holidays are upon us!  While this time of year is exciting and energizing for some people, it can be exhausting and illness-provoking for many of us.  It is important that we do not get lost in the hustle and bustle of traveling, buying presents, entertaining family and friends, attending parties, and other holiday shenanigans and ensure that we take steps to preserve our mental and physical health.  Here are ten tips to stick to when working to preserve your well-being during the busy holiday season.   Click for Marie's full article

More by Marie Holowaychuk:

Other Veterinary Wellness Workshops & Retreats

Dr Marie Holowaychuk Veterinary Wellness Workshops & Retreats
Fostering Wellness in the Veterinary Workplace

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

Mental health services - Saskatchewan Health Canadian Mental Health Association

Arthritis

The Arthritis Society


Community living

Saskatchewan Association for Community Living


Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society

Domestic violence

The Alternatives to Violence program provides services to perpetrators of partner abuse, including voluntary and court mandated individuals. These specialized programs, offered through the health region mental health services are available in:
Prairie North Health Region - 306.446.6500
Heartland Health Region - 306.882.6408
Parkland Health Region - 306.765.6031
Qu'Appelle Health Region - 306.766.7800
Saskatoon Health Region - 306.655.8989
Cypress Health Region - 306.778.5280
Sun Country Health Region - 306.842.8665
Sunrise Health Region - 306.786.0558

Services for Women Provincial Association of Transition Houses


Grief and bereavement counselling

Chartier, Arnold, Brock & Assoc. - 664.6647 (Saskatoon0 Adult Grief & Loss Support Group - 955.1600 (Saskatoon) Prairie Therapists & Trainers, Inc. - 665.6242 (Saskatoon) Pet Loss Support Group - meets the first and third Sunday of every month at 2:00 pm W.A. Edwards Family Centre, 333 4th Ave N, Saskatoon. Call (306) 343.5322

Articles and Studies

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)
Dealing with Dissatisfied Clients in the Age of Social Media 2014
Veterinary Burnout - Bellamy 2015
Inter-Clinic Communication - Smith 2015
ProfessionalWellness Checkup - Tryon 2014

        

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

Registered social workers Saskatchewan Health Penney Murphy & Associates - 242.1010 (Saskatoon) Professional Psychologists and Counsellors - 664.0000 (Saskatoon) Chartier, Arnold, Brock & Assoc. - 664.6647 (Saskatoon) Professional Counselling & Mediation (Saskatoon) - 934.5898


Pain (chronic and pain management)

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