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
Suicide Awareness Training
Learn to identify at-risk colleagues and steer them to professional help. Sign up for the pilot QPR training program
, available to AVMA and SAVMA members on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
Provisions of Veterinary Professional State Wellness Programs - Many states have laws and regulations governing state wellness programs for veterinarians, but these vary in scope and detail. View state-by-state requirements for these programs, including confidentiality provisions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federation of State Physician Health Programs - Specific services and who is served vary by state.
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 Resources
Other Wellness Resources