I’d like to thank Dr. Carrie Jurney and Dr. Melanie Goble from Not One More Vet (NOMV) for the lecture they gave at our university today. Mental health is a difficult topic to talk about, especially when you know there are people suffering on some level in the group you’re talking to, but their lecture and workshop gave us a lot of tools and ideas to work with and use in the future, so thank you 🙂
To sum everything up in a few points:g
- Mental health issues are real
- Everyone can (and most probably will) suffer from mental health issues at some point
- Your mental health is just as important (if not more important) as your physical/social well-being, so make it a habit to take care of yourself
- Don’t be afraid to reach out – we can all help one another
The rate of suicide in the veterinary profession has been pegged as close to twice that of the dental profession, more than twice that of the medical profession, and 4 times the rate in the general population. (source)
Why? There are so many factors I can’t possibly cover everything in a quick little blog post, but I’ll list a few down below
- the work is stressful and things can pile up (overworked, exhausted people on the brink of burnout…)
- perfectionism that turns into a fear of failure + fighting death every day (with a few inevitable losses) – not the best combination
- taking on the emotions of every single family that loses a member (empathy beyond safe limits)
- and so much more… Basically, it’s a tough life.
As a future veterinarian knowing all of the statistics is both scary and comforting at the same time; you know what to expect, but you also know you’re not alone.
In my mind I envisioned this being a very thorough post, but I think I will leave it at this, perhaps I’ll elaborate things later. For now I really must be getting back to studying (check the “What I really do when I say I’m studying”-page at the top of the page to find out what I actually end up doing 😉
P.S. This is just to write down some things to remember. I’m okay, really, don’t worry 🙂