A few months ago, veterinarian Dr. Shirley Koshi died by suicide.
The question remains, why is veterinary medicine so “predisposed” to suicide?
People with mental illness or suicidal thoughts frequently suffer more than they have to because they are afraid to speak up. That has to stop. Nobody should have to suffer or die for fear of speaking out. There is nothing shameful about mental illness or suicide.
VETgirl wanted to make our recent webinar on suicide awareness available, free for everyone. This is a growing concern in veterinary medicine and we should not be afraid to talk about this concern.
Originally aired on May 21, 2014, this VETgirl webinar, “Suicide awareness in veterinary medicine: Should we be alarmed?” (given by Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW) reviewed the prevalence of suicide in the veterinary profession in order to raise awareness of this sensitive topic and empower attendees to prevent suicide within our ranks.
If this webinar helps just one person in our community, it is worth it.
Dr. Sophia Yin, Dr. Shirley Koshi, and all the other friends, colleagues, and family members lost as a result of suicide, you will be missed.