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Mental Wellness Resources for Veterinarians

Knowing when to reach out for help – and doing it – might be the most important part of your wellness plan. No one can do everything alone, and this is especially true where mental health is involved. As medical professionals ourselves, we know the importance of both wellness care and treatment of illness. It’s important to remember that this applies to mental wellness as well as physical health.

If you feel that you’re in crisis right now, please get help immediately by calling 1-800-273-8255 or contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Crisis Chat team. You’re not alone, and there are people who can help you. Do you recognize potential signs in a friend or colleague? Offer them support, but also get help from experienced mental health professionals. The following resources can help you:

Help for Veterinarians and Other Medical Personnel

State Committees Organized to Assist Veterinarians - Numerous states have committees or individuals who have been identified to assist veterinary personnel and their families needing assistance.

AVMA Member Discussions: Work-Life Balance & Wellness - Connect with other AVMA member veterinarians on topics including balancing work and family, stress, coping with illness, and more.

University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work program – Any veterinarian, not just Tennessee graduates, can contact a veterinary social worker at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Veterinary Social Work. Call 1-865-755-8839 during business hours, or email vetsocialwork@utk.edu.

Federation of State Physician Health Programs - Specific services and who is served vary by state.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Hope is just a phone call away. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you're feeling hopeless.

Additional Resources:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

American Psychological Association Therapist Locator

Association for Death Education and Counseling: Find a Specialist

National Institute of Mental Health Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Suicide Prevention Lifeline Safety Plan

Other Wellness Resources