The VVMA Executive Board has appointed a Mental Health Task Force to support and improve the mental health of veterinarians in Vermont and train VVMA members to help people in crisis. Dr. Amanda Spector has been named chair of the task force. Many thanks to Drs. Erin Forbes, Rhiannon Woolwich-Holzman and Lisa Whitney who have volunteered to help. If you’d like to help too, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found one in six veterinarians has considered or attempted suicide, and one in 10 suffers from severe psychological distress. The veterinary industry is in the midst of a serious mental health crisis, and we need to acknowledge the high suicide risk among veterinarians and the importance of recognizing and treating depression.
Vermont Crisis Resources
In Vermont, you can find crisis help with these organizations
Vermont Department of Mental Health Emergency Services
Clara Martin Center Crisis Line: 1-800-639-6360
Counseling Service of Addison County Crisis Line: 1-800-388-7641
Howard Center Crisis Line: 1-802-488-7777 (First Call for Chittenden County)
Heathcare and Rehabiliation Services Crisis Line: 1-800-622-4235
Lamoille County Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-802-888-8888 (weekends and after 4:30 weekdays) 1-802-888-5026 (Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm)
Northwestern Counseling and Support Services Crisis Line: 1-802-524-6554
Northeast Kingdom Human Services Crisis Line: (Derby) 1-802-334-6744 (St. Johnsbury) 1-802-748-3181
Pathways: Peer Support Line call or text 1-833-888-2557
Rutland Mental Health Services Crisis Line: 1-802-775-1000
United Counseling Service Crisis Line: (Manchester) 1-802-362-3950 (Bennington) 1-802-442-5491
Washington County Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-802-229-0591
Resources for the Veterinary Community
- Not One More Vet website: https://www.nomv.org/ NOMV's mission is "Every single veterinary professional receives the support they need so that we don’t lose one more. Because we are all one, and you are never alone."
- Not One More Vet Facebook page for veterinarians: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NOMVet/ “This page is a safe place for veterinarians to discuss personal feelings about work and life. We are here to support each other through the many challenges that are inherent in our profession. It is a place where you learn that you are most definitely not alone.”
- Not One More Vet Support Staff Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NOMVSupportStaff/ “This page is a safe place for veterinary support staff to discuss personal feelings about work and life. We are here to support each other through the many challenges that are inherent in our profession. It is a place where you learn that you are most definitely not alone.”
- Veterinary Information Network. https://vinfoundation.org/ (part of the Veterinary Information Network Foundation) - Vets-4-Vets is a group of veterinarians providing mentorship and support to colleagues enduring personal or professional difficulties. The main goal of the group is to provide a sounding board and a group of colleagues for vets that are having problems. The Vets-4-Vets members have set up a system to reach out to troubled colleagues, one at a time, and coordinate support. This support may range from merely providing a sympathetic ear, to helping find options for mentorship or even therapy in the practitioner’s region.
QPR Training – Question, Persuade, Refer (Introductions at the VVMA Summer 2020 Meeting, online training is free to AVMA members) - https://www.avma.org/resources/wellbeing/qpr-suicide-prevention-training