Session 4 • THIS IS YOUR LIFE

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT

Veterinarians are at particularly high risk for suicide – about four times the risk compared to the general population and twice the risk of other healthcare professions. There are a number of potential reasons why veterinarians are especially vulnerable, including work, personality and mental health related factors. Suicide is considered “a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” and is not an individual, but a community issue. Given the increased risk in our profession, every team member should be aware of the reality of suicide. It’s time we talk about it.

This session covers:

  • The myths and facts about suicide
  • The risk and protective factors
  • The warning signs and how to respond

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