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"Mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities. Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."
Placing a priority on mental health enables healthcare professionals to better take care of themselves and their patients. Includes links to "After Suicide: A Guide for Veterinary Workplaces" and "After Suicide: A Toolkit for Colleges of Veterinary Medicine".
VetFolio and Banfield Pet Hospital have partnered to provide mental health resources for all veterinarians, including suicide prevention training, suicide warning signs and risk factors, as well as resources and steps you can take as a colleague or someone who personally experiences suicidal thoughts.
Once you’ve made the decision to get help, where do you turn? How do you approach a coworker if you see warning signs? This list is a starting point, providing both general and veterinary-specific resources for dealing with burnout, depression, compassion fatigue and suicidal thoughts.
From detecting the warning signs to addressing the stigma, learn how to recognize suicidal behavior in medical professionals, gather prevention tools and resources, and find out where to get help today.
Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.
Not One More Vet is an online veterinary support group. The group was founded in 2014 by Dr. Nicole McArthur. It has grown into an international group of veterinarians who come together on Facebook to laugh, cry and lend a supportive ear with their colleagues.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
A confidential support group for veterinarians, helping with: tough work situations, difficult school circumstances, stress, depression, emotional unrest, physical challenges, or if you just want to talk.