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Steps for Vets 2023- Suicide Awareness within the Veterinary Profession

Mon September 4 - Sun September 24 Anytown, GA 12345 US

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Anytown, GA US 12345

Description

The veterinary profession continues to face high levels of mental health concerns of which a large proportion of the general public is unaware. To raise awareness of these concerns in the veterinary field, we encourage participants to engage in physical activity. The goal is to accumulate purposeful miles doing any activity of choice. Some event options in which to participate include, Race Around the World and Out of the Darkness events (see below), or you can attend your own local event or participate with your own individual activity at your leisure. This is a virtual event that can take place wherever you are.

Consider these in-person events to log your miles:

o   Race Around the World: September 2023. Race | Not One More Vet (nomv.org)

o   Out of the Darkness events all over the country/ year-round (afsp.org):

While running, biking, or however you choose to log your miles, we encourage you to use the time to consider the challenges facing this profession, as well as some ways to show your support. Examples include sending a Thank You note to your local veterinarian, posting a positive Yelp/ online review for your veterinarian, or even just educating your friends and family about the challenges they face. You can learn more below through the articles posted. 

Participants will be emailed a digital "swag bag" after registration, including helpful resources to support veterinarians and their staff in your community. Please take the time to show this gratitude to our veterinary professionals in support of all they do. 

Logging Miles: Participants registered through this platform will log their miles through this website once the event starts on 4 Sep 2023. Please note: You will not see the ability to log miles until 4 Sep 2023. Please return to this website on or after that date to log miles that you accrue from 4 Sep 2023 -24 Sep 2023. Participants can log miles whenever they would like (daily, weekly, all at the end, etc). Although the event ends on Sep 24, you have until Sep 30 to finish logging all the miles that you accrued during this time.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Related Articles

The 8 Myths of Suicide and Veterinary Medicine

The veterinary profession suicide rate is four times that of the general population. Debbie Stoewen, in her article for The Canadian Veterinary Journal,  identifies work-related stressors, professional isolation, attitudes to death and euthanasia, and access to and knowledge of means among nine likely factors affecting this rate.

Stowen also offers three cardinal warning signs that may help save a life, “clinical depression, changes in behavior, and talk about suicide.” The last tracks with myth number two, the myth that people that talk about suicide needn’t be taken seriously. On the contrary, suicidal talk is a major warning sign.

Read on to learn risk factors and warning signs for suicide as well as steps you can take to intervene: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4266064/

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