Honoring World Mental Health Day with 5 must-read wellbeing articles

October 10, 2020
dvm360 Staff

In observance of this important day, here are 5 articles that help destigmatize mental health in veterinary medicine.

Editor's note: This article includes discussion of suicide, depression, and mental health issues. If you're experiencing feelings of depression or suicidal ideation, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK; 800-273-8255; suicidepreventionlifeline.org). It's 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter what problems you are dealing with, people on the other end of the line will help you find a reason to keep living.

Today marks the annual celebration of World Mental Health Day, an “opportunity for all stakeholders working in mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide,” according to The World Health Organization (WHO).

Mental health is no stranger to the veterinary profession. With the disproportionate risks of suicide, depression, anxiety, and burnout, your mental and physical wellbeing depend on adequate self-care. Raising awareness about mental health and reducing the stigma is what WHO aims to accomplish. Acknowledging the significance of wellbeing and mental health in veterinary medicine can help those who are suffering in silence.

The following 5 articles offer both guidance and resources for anyone looking to improve their overall wellbeing. Take a look: