This page includes free resources for anyone in our industry struggling with mental health, or looking for wellbeing resources.
If you are in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK. This is a free hotline that provides help 24/7. If you feel like are you in an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
We care about your wellbeing. If you are feeling overwhelmed or in an emotional crisis, asking for help just might be the most important thing you ever do. CVP has many resources available if you or someone you know is in crisis, and we encourage you to access them as often as you need to.
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Resources for Your Mental Health
The Life Assistance & Work/Life Support Program is offered to all CVP employees! This program is meant to help you and your family find solutions and help you work through situations such as current events and children, adoption, aging parents, healthy living, illnesses, career advancement, grief and loss, addiction and recovery, and much more. The Cigna site has a ton of free resources and you can also reach out anonymously to speak to a Cigna LAP representative.
This is a supportive community of veterinarians and veterinary students where they can discuss issues and share ideas/information related to personal wellness and wellbeing.
This site has numerous resources found for caregivers working in many professions, especially those who are helping people or animals in distress. They offer training materials, workbooks and other texts through their parent company, Healthy Caregiving LLC.
Psychologist Dr. Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk speaks about how happiness can inspire us to be more productive. The link also provides a reading list to books and articles of similar topics.
Dr. Kristin Neff’s Ted Talk on being more self compassionate and additional information on her book and website.
Learn more about taking control of emotional and mental stress on VetBloom
VetBloom, CVP’s online learning system provides the following courses to help educate you on the daily emotional and mental stress that may be affecting you or others in the workplace, and how to help yourself or a team member avoid, alter, accept and adapt to overcome the challenges.
Available VetBloom Courses:
Managing Stress & Anxiety During a Pandemic
Julie Squires, CCFS of Rekindled presents various ways to manage stress and anxiety during a pandemic at the 2021 CVP Virtual Veterinarian Leadership Conference. Julie offers several ways to combat compassion fatigue in the clinic and at home.
New Insights Into Veterinary Well-being and How to Improve It
CVP partnered with Dr. Sheryl Gamble and MERCK Animal Health for a VetFuel webinar to discuss the latest comprehensive study of U.S. veterinarians that documents the state of well-being and mental health in the profession. Dr. Gamble presents the newest findings from the MERCK Animal Health Veterinarian Wellbeing Study that was conducted in collaboration with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Brakke Consulting that provides an overview of the well-being and mental health of veterinarians over time. Dr. Gamble also shares and facilitates discussions around healthy strategies for veterinarian well-being.
Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
Do you feel emotionally numb or drained at the end of the day? Do you enjoy your work but feel like you have nothing left to give? If so, you might be suffering from compassion fatigue – and if that’s the case, you’re not alone. Compassion fatigue can happen both on an individual and organizational level. Recognizing the signs and symptoms associated with individual and team compassion fatigue is key to taking the first steps to improvements. In this module, you will learn about the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue. You will touch on signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and how to help those who may be in need, including yourself.
A Dark Horse: Illuminating the Price of Compassion Fatigue (CVP)
The terms “burnout” and “compassion fatigue” are often used interchangeably but these terms are not synonymous for a multitude of reasons. The cost of compassion fatigue on an individual and veterinary team is so much more detrimental than any amount of burnout. In this lecture you will review the definition of compassion fatigue and the differences between compassion fatigue and burnout. Participants will learn to identify who on their team may be more susceptible and the warning signs associated with those who might be suffering from compassion fatigue. You will cover the impact the compassion fatigue can have on a hospital, its teams, its clients and its patients, as well as review programs and methods to care for your team and prevent compassion fatigue from taking its toll.
The Mind-Body Connection (Part 1)
The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as “a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.” In this part 1 of a 2-part module, wellness is understood as a process of mind-body choices we then experience as physical, mental, and emotional well-being and health. Identifying the basic brain structures and their functions, you’ll consider the stress response, how you experience it, and the use of breathing, or the choice to breathe well, to modify/recover during the stress response.
Mind-Body Connection (Part 2)
Review key learnings from Mind-Body 1, including breathing and the profound impact that sleep has on “amygdala” and pre-frontal cortex communication, you’ll consider the brain’s “plasticity,” and specifically in terms of habit formation and our potential to change old habits and create new ones. You’ll then explore the “mind” practices of mindfulness, self-compassion and connection as the building blocks for mind-body well-being. Through exercises, you are encouraged to understand yourself and identify action steps for your own mind-body well-being.
Research over the past 20 years has supported the finding that EI (Emotional Intelligence) is more than just a fad; it has been found to be the most important predictor of success in the workplace across all industries. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships with judgment and empathy. Unlike IQ, EI can be learned and developed.
In our team-based environment, high emotional intelligence is critical to success. After reviewing the presentation, identify your current strengths and areas to build using the included EI assessment. After you complete your assessment, you may want to review the activities in “learn more” associated with each category and review the materials provided here. Specifically, identify one aspect of your self-awareness that you would like to work on. Simply observe, practicing self-compassion. EI can help us in the veterinary setting tap into the skills necessary to adapt to our ever changing, fast-paced and often emotional environments.
Emotional Intelligence – Self Awareness
The ability to perceive, express, understand, and manage emotions is the cognitive-emotional intelligence called Emotional Intelligence, an intelligence that can be developed over the life span. This learning module will focus on the EI competencies of self-awareness. Recognizing that our emotions are connected to our stress response and ultimately our well-being, how do you know what you are experiencing emotionally? With a few exercises and recommendations for daily life, this module suggests ways for you to become more emotionally literate.
Emotional Intelligence – Self Management
The ability to perceive, express, understand, and manage emotions is the cognitive-emotional intelligence called Emotional Intelligence, an intelligence that can be developed over the life span. This learning module will focus on the EI aspect of self-management. With a few exercises and recommendations for daily life, this module suggests ways for you to become more able to manage, i.e. choose, how you wish to emotionally respond in life situations.
The lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides 24/7, free and confidential emotional support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is committed to advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals and building awareness.
Use the self-assessment tool and then browse the resources associated to begin nurturing your emotional wellbeing.
This group is open to all members of the veterinary community to help support each other and those who contend with mental illness, daily.
Text “HOPELINE” to 741-741 where a live, trained specialist will be notified and respond quickly. This line is to provide free emotional support service for anyone to talk about any type of challenge or struggle 24/7.
The website houses blogs, crisis numbers and other resources for anyone in the industry struggling with mental health. There is also a veterinarian-only support group on Facebook.
This website provides information about mental health, provides resources to find support and how to get involved in their organization. There is a hotline and an online knowledge and resource center with articles pertaining to many different areas of mental health.
1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email@example.com
Anxiety and Depression
This organization is dedicated to helping those living with anxiety, depression, and cooccurring disorders, and their loved ones find treatment, support, and resources.
This organization was founded by members of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and is an online community of veterinarians and veterinary students. They want to ensure there is a healthy veterinary community so there is a healthy animal community. VIN offers support for both Veterinarians and support staff.
Website that assists in finding a therapist, treatment center, counselor or a support group in your area specializing in issues ranging from depression, abuse, anxiety, and more. They also provide information about therapy for yourself or a loved one, different types of therapies, and other commonly asked questions and concerns people have about therapy.
These AVMA resources provide you with a financial planning tool where you can track expenses, plan for the future and build a personalized estimate of your budget needs to help plan for repayment of debt and other financial planning resources.
Use this calculator tool to better understand what your loan repayment plan will look like and how to prepare and budget properly.