A few months ago, veterinarian Dr. Shirley Koshi died by suicide. And that sucks.
Suicide sucks, depression sucks, mental illness sucks. Suicide kills people.
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.
In this VETgirl webinar, we discussed 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. A brief review of recent literature will inform attendees of current thinking regarding epidemiology, detection, and prevention of suicidal behavior. We also debunked some of the most common misconceptions regarding how to handle the issue of suicide in personal and professional life.
Topic: Suicide awareness in veterinary medicine: Should we be alarmed?
Speaker: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW
Date: May 21, 2014
RACE-approved hours: 1.5 hours
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