Back when I began vet school, over 20 years ago, I remember sitting in orientation events and listening to the administration talk to us about the challenges we would face during the four years to come. We were encouraged to create study plans, study groups, and to prioritize our time. Even then, they said, not all of us would make it through to graduation. They were right.
- Incorporation of courses on stress management and self care into the veterinary school curricula
- Development of a LinkedIn community open to AVMA and SAVMA members dedicated to Veterinary Wellness and Well-being (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8577960)
- Creating of VetLife in the UK support veterinarians by phone and email around the clock (https://www.vetlife.org.uk)
- Self assessment and other resources provided at no charge by the AVMA (https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Personal/PeerAndWellness/Pages/default.aspx)
- Availability of private peer groups, such as Not One More Vet
- Gatekeeper suicide prevention training pilot program for veterinarians and veterinary students sponsored by the AVMA, AVMA LIFE and AVMA PLIT (https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Personal/PeerAndWellness/Pages/Wellness-Gatekeeper-Training-for-Veterinarians.aspx)
Suicide is a long-term solution to a short-term problem. There is help available. You are not alone.