Mainstream media pick up on vet mental health
Finally, mainstream media organisations are picking up on the mental health crisis facing the veterinary profession, with newspaper articles, local radio interviews and features on suicide rates amongst vets and veterinary students. Check out the following links to see for yourself:
ITV article on suicide with interviews
Is this good or bad for the profession? In this day and age of information overload it is inevitable. But how will the public respond? Maybe clients will become more understanding and temper their prejudices about what we earn and how privileged we are? Maybe it will drive the profession towards a kinder culture and less stressful work practices? However, there is a risk our professionalism could be called into question; people may begin to distrust our ability to make the right decisions for them and their pets if they think we’re ‘not all there’. This is where the stigma kicks in, and sufferers are reluctant to admit they are having difficulty to avoid these kinds of consequences. One article talks about potential screening of applicants to vet school prior to intake to de-select for at-risk categories, and this opens up a whole can of entirely inappropriate worms, legally and ethically.
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