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Mental Health Awareness Resources

it’s Time to Talk about Mental Health in Veterinary Medicine

Mental Health Awareness Week

There are important reasons to start talking about mental health in the veterinary profession. Difficult to see, mental health issues, problems, and illness affect many people working in veterinary clinics. 

While one in five Canadian veterinarians and technologists have reported suicide ideation, burnout, and depression, most will be cautious about talking to a co-worker, friend, or family member about it. They are even less likely to adopt self-care strategies or seek professional help. And while some members of the veterinary profession may not experience mental illness first-hand, it is likely they know someone who has or will experience mental illness.

Stigma is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome. Merck Animal Health and the CVMA are leading the way to start open and honest conversations about mental health in the veterinary community, help breakdown stigma, and create a community where members look out for and help one another. 

Each year, the CVMA and Merck Animal Health will kick off It’s time to talk about Mental Health in Veterinary Medicine Awareness Week in September.

The 2020 campaign will run from September 6 to 12, featuring another webinar held on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2020.

We all deserve to be heard, to know that we are not alone, to feel worthy to look after ourselves, and feel empowered to keep each other safe from harm. 

Resources

  • View previous webinars here
  • Access more mental health resources in the right menu bar.