Increasing Awareness and Lending Support for Suicide in the Veterinary Community
Welcome back to Your Dog Wants You To Know This!
Today on the show we’re going to be talking about a difficult but important topic: the high frequency of suicide in the veterinary profession.
This might come as a bit of a surprise to you if you’re not in the veterinary field, so I wanted to make this episode to increase awareness and talk a little bit about what's being done in the community to support vets and vet staff, talk about why this is happening, and give you some resources that might be helpful.
To help us navigate this topic, we are joined by Dr. Carrie Jurney.
Dr. Jurney is a board-certified veterinary neurologist and owner of Jurney Veterinary Neurology, providing neurology services to the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also the current president of NOMV (Not One More Vet), a 501c3 organization that provides financial and professional mental health support to veterinarians and veterinary staff in need.
Dr. Jurney cares so much about this topic, as you’ll hear in the episode, so I knew she would be the perfect person to help us understand what’s going on.
In Today’s Episode We Discuss:
Why there is a need for organizations like Not One More Vet
How prevalent suicide is in the veterinary community
The importance of talking about it
The significance of financial stress
Why we need to set boundaries
Dealing with issues like moral distress, cyberbullying, and work-life balance
Cultural shifts that need to happen in the profession
How you can get trained to help people in crisis
If you’re struggling right now, we see you and you’re not alone. Please know that you can reach out to Dr. Jurney or me for help at any time.
If you want to be able to help others through these difficult times, check out the amazing resources that Dr. Jurney shared with us in this episode.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
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