Well-being is one of the most critical issues facing our profession. Yet how comfortable are us when it comes to discussing suicide and suicide prevention with friends, family members and co-workers?
The truth is that frank and open discussions about mental health and suicide are essential to suicide prevention. And there are safe ways to talk about these important topics.
AVMA Axon has programmed two live specials to explore the latest research and perspectives on suicide prevention. The shows will look at practical steps we can take as individuals and collectively as a community to promote mental health and wellbeing. You will leave with new ideas about how we can work together to instill hope and help create lives worth living.
These live chats are free to all members of the veterinary community and will be led by the AVMA’s Director of Wellness Initiatives.
Save the dates: September 21 and October 5
The first show in the series — Suicide Prevention 1: How We Communicate Matters — will take place at noon Central Time on Wednesday, September 21. The session will cover:
- Communication-Based Challenges for Suicide Prevention
- Better approaches to communicating about mental health and suicide prevention
- Action steps you can take today to facilitate effective conversations about mental health and suicide prevention, and serve as an agent of hope
The second show — Suicide Prevention 2: Lives Built on Hope — will air at noon central time on Wednesday, October 5. During this session, participants will discover:
- Systemic Challenges to Suicide Prevention
- Evidence-Based Approaches to Reduce Suicidal Behaviors
- Characteristics of work cultures that predict higher rates of well-being and lower rates of severe psychological distress
- Steps we can take together to help create lives worth living
Each live stream offers 1 CE credit hour and registration is free for all veterinary professionals.
We all have a role to play in suicide prevention. As suicide research continues to evolve, we know that suicide is complex and multifaceted. This is not an inevitable result of a person experiencing pain or a crisis in their life. Hope and healing are possible.
We encourage all members of the veterinary community to participate in these important learning opportunities.
More Suicide Prevention Resources
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and it’s a great time to reacquaint yourself with the AVMA’s library of wellness and suicide prevention resources. These include:
- Free Suicide Prevention Training – AVMA’s QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training teaches how to identify and support colleagues who are contemplating suicide. It is available free of charge to all veterinary professionals, takes place entirely online and only takes about an hour.
- Workplace Wellness Certificate Program – This interactive, continuing education program equips the entire veterinary team with essential skills to support a culture of workplace wellness.
- How to Handle Cyberbullying – Learn how to prevent and combat cyberbullying and protect your emotional well-being and that of your team.
Visit avma.org/Wellbeing to access AVMA’s comprehensive suite of wellness resources.