Suicide Prevention Basics
What Veterinary Professionals Need to Know
but more importantly... this course is
It covers information that is meant to be very useful to you - the veterinary care-giver.
It's also meant to help you better understand a subject that isn't talked about nearly as much as it should be.
It is not filled with statistics, definitions, jargon, and lingo that only mental health professionals would understand.
It is filled with common questions from a veterinarian that are being asked to a behavioral health expert who specializes in suicide prevention.
"Overall this was a really solid intro to suicide prevention and taught me some terms that I can see myself using as well as busting some myths that I have personally heard (for example: that talking about suicide can insight action).
The biggest take away for me came from Dr. Hawley as a bit of a reminder that we brace ourselves to have difficult conversations with clients, but we somehow find it harder to brace ourselves for the same types of conversations with staff. "
Laura Lanning, Veterinary Practice Manager, NC
"This course was very informative and helpful even for someone who thought they knew a lot. I appreciate Dr. Feldman's breakdown of how to ask. "
Heather Anderson, Veterinary Assistant
"I liked the course... The info was good... I feel pretty educated on the topic already - I think it will be super valuable for people who are early in their exploration of mental health awareness and self-care."
Virginia S., DVM, Former Chief of Staff
"As someone who has lost a friend to suicide, I can honestly say that the information in this course is sound and - if taken seriously and acted upon - can really be useful in helping someone in need. Dr. Feldman is a wealth of knowledge, and he really does do a great job at making it simple."
Dr. Quincy Hawley, Veterinarian
Let's face it, suicide in the veterinary profession is a very REAL thing.
Suicides do occur, and as a profession that can have a high physical, mental, and emotional stress load, veterinary professionals are at increased risk.
The other side of the coin, however, is that we CAN prevent suicides from happening.
While it can be a very heavy and uncomfortable topic to discuss, talking about and learning about suicide prevention is not as heavy as the pain of losing someone to suicide.
Much like you do for preventing certain diseases in animals, you need to have at least a basic set of knowledge as it relates to the subject of suicide prevention.
This suicide prevention basics course is a great place to start as it relates to gaining a better understanding.
It is a VERY noble thing for you to equip yourself with basic suicide prevention knowledge that could help to save the life of a colleague, family member, or friend.
In truth, 2 hours of your time and a small monetary investment isn't much of an investment compared to the loss of life of a human.
2 hours of your time and a small monetary investment isn't much of an investment compared to the sorrow that many may feel from losing a loved one.
Having lost a good friend to suicide, I can honestly say that the pain of investing a little time and money into learning some profound - yet simple - information doesn't compare to the pain of losing a friend.
"The discomfort of asking someone if 'they are thinking of ending their life' doesn't compare to the pain of losing a friend, loved one, or colleague who died by suicide."
- Dr. Quincy Hawley
Small Animal Practitioner
NCSU-CVM c/o 2013
This course reduces the awkwardness and equips you with the know-how to approach and support someone who may be going through a particularly challenging time.
It also could help you realize if you are the one who needs to reach out.
✅Take action and learn the basics of suicide prevention so that you can feel more confident and competent, which means you will be more aware of a fellow human at risk or in need, and you will be more knowledgeable about what to do next
✅Share your goal of learning so you can help beat the stigma of talking about suicide prevention and mental health, which means you may inspire and empower someone else to take action
✅Use the knowledge that you learn in this course to help those who may need help, which means you'll not only be making an impact to save animals, but you'll also be prepared to take actions to help your friends, family, and colleagues
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