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• “It’s OK” – wow. 26 videos from veterinary students and veterinarians sharing their stories.
• S.A.V.E (Suicide Awareness in Veterinary Education) – a website created by the University of Tennessee to memorialize alumni who died of suicide and to offer resources to educate others. This resource was the wish of Dr. Paul Nolen, one of the memorialized veterinarians.
• Vet Confessionals – anonymous confessions from members of the veterinary profession. Started by veterinary students at Massey University, New Zealand.
• Veterinary Information Network (VIN) – a wide range of resources
VIN Foundation Initiatives – resources to manage and plan for debt, survive as a new graduate, and obtain a support network as you deal with addiction and other issues common enough in the profession.
BRIDGE and FULCRUM are confidential online peer support groups for graduate veterinarians with health issues (mental or physical) that affect their ability to work. TUNNEL is a confidential online peer support group for currently enrolled veterinary students with mental or physical health issues affecting their ability to complete veterinary school and find appropriate work in the profession. Contact for all 3 groups: Melissa Nixon, DVM, firstname.lastname@example.org or for TUNNEL specifically: email@example.com
Venting Over a Venti – Need to vent about student issues? Christina McRae, DVM, and other colleagues are here to lend an ear. Venting Over A Venti for students will now be held on the first Tuesday of each month! Hope to see you all there! 9:30 PM ET
• Cummings Support Center – for academic support, career counseling, and mental health services
• Counseling Services – To make an appointment to see a counselor call 800 756-3124. This number can also be used to reach a licensed counselor 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
• Student Assistance and Outreach Services – does not provide direct mental health services, but does provide support navigating personal emergencies and finding resources
• Student Organizations at ISU – find a club to find stress relief!
• Cook Counseling Center @ VMCVM (down the hall from Academic Affairs. Take stairwell next to second year classroom up one level and turn left)
Tuesday- 8am-5pm (lunch at 1pm)
To schedule other times, call 540-231-6557
• Personal and Wellness Support Services (PAWSS) call 608-262-8079 to make an appointment, open Monday-Friday
• IVSA Wellness Advocacy Group (WAG) – a Facebook group initiated by the International Veterinary Students’ Association to create awareness about Student Wellness.
• Samaritans suicide prevention hotline – 116 123 (UK and ROI)
• Emergencies- 911
• National Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat
• SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline- 1-877-SAMHSA7 (726-4727).
Learn about mental health and find treatment services in your area.