‘It affects us monthly’: Veterinarians address mental health

Causes and solutions for vets’ mental health problems and high suicide rates still being researched.

Dr. Lesley Steele is a veterinarian and part-owner of two animal hospitals on the Avalon. She says financial stress and cyber-bullying are two of many factors that negatively impact veterinarians' mental health. Submitted photo
Dr. Lesley Steele is a veterinarian and part-owner of two animal hospitals on the Avalon. She says financial stress and cyber-bullying are two of many factors that negatively impact veterinarians’ mental health. Submitted photo

Trigger warning: The following story deals with suicide. If this topic triggers you, please don’t listen to the story by yourself. If you’re in a mental health crisis or have suicidal thoughts, please get help immediately. Call the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Line at (709) 737-4668.

Veterinarians are at a high risk of dying by suicide, according to several studies. Awareness for vets’ mental health problems is slowly growing. Initiatives like Not One More Vet hope to educate and provide resources to vets in crisis. Kicker’s Henrike Wilhelm spoke to three veterinarians about the reasons for the high suicide rate and what needs to be done to change the statistics.

About Henrike Wilhelm 14 Articles
Student journalist in my second year at CNA. International student from Germany living in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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