18 November 2016

HEALTH - AVMA Offers Free Suicide Prevention Training

This weekend the AVMA is launching a training program to help members identify and aid individuals who may be at risk for suicide.

While the underlying causes are still unknown, veterinarians experience high rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, as well as death by suicide.

The program is not intended to replace professional assistance but is designed based on the QPR - question, persuade and refer - method that can be used to recognize the warning signs of someone in crisis.

This 90-minute, self-guided online program, will teach individuals how to establish a dialogue and assist those in crisis to seek professional help.

The program officially launches tomorrow, November 19th, which coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

In partnership with the AVMA PLIT and AVMA Life, the Association is opening up a limited number of free registrations for AVMA and Student AVMA members.

“This pilot program demonstrates the AVMA’s commitment to moving forward in helping our profession become more healthy,” said Dr. Marci Kirk, assistant director for recent graduate initiatives at the AVMA.

This suicide prevention training is part of a larger movement to offer more support to veterinarians.

As reported in InfoStream, the Ontario Veterinary College launched AWAR2E group to provide a multi-pronged approach to mental wellness, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine is the first vet school in Canada to have a trained social worker available for students.

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