Nation’s High Suicide Prevention and Veterinary Medical Organizations Companion to Launch New Useful resource for Veterinary Workplaces

NEW YORK, 29th September 2020 / PRNewswire / – During National Suicide Prevention Month, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), in partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association ( VHMA)) and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) publish a new resource: After a Suicide: A Guide for Veterinary Workplaces. This new free guide supports veterinary jobs after an employee dies by suicide.

“The support of veterinarians after a colleague’s suicide is critical. Since suicidal casualty survivors can develop significant grief and even physical and mental health problems if not properly supported, aftercare is a critical step and, in fact, part of suicide prevention management with the aftermath of suicide in a veterinary office can pave the way for a work culture that is concerned with mental health, “said Dr. Christine Moutier, AFSP Chief Medical Officer.

“At a time when people in our society, including veterinarians and their staff, are under great stress, I thank the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for their expertise and collaboration in developing this important mental health resource for our members grateful, “he told DR. Douglas Kratt, AVMA President. “The guide will ensure that our members and their teams receive the critical support they need in the event of a colleague’s suicidal death and will help prevent future suicidal deaths.”

“An employee’s suicide has profound and troubling effects on survivors, including employees. Managers who have had to support and comfort employees after such a tragedy know the importance of providing grief counseling and other employee support measures to help them address their effects Alleviate The Trauma and Prevent Further Loss. After a Suicide: A Guide to Veterinary Jobs is a valuable management resource and much-needed guide as it provides comprehensive, empathetic, and step-by-step answers to these devastating and heartbreaking events, “he said Michelle Gonzales-Bryant, CVPM, VHMA President.

Developed by experts in veterinary medicine, suicide prevention and survivors of suicide loss in the veterinary community, the guide includes:

  • Best Practices for How Managers and Employees Respond in the Workplace Immediately After Suicide;
  • Guide to assisting the workplace community with short and long term grief and coping;
  • Tips for working with media and community partners;
  • Important information to safely remind employees and identify and support members of the community who may be at risk and reduce the risk of suicide infection.

To view the guide:

Via the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention aims to save lives and give hope to those affected. AFSP creates a culture that addresses mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and supports those affected by suicide. Under the direction of the CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in new YorkAFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events across the country. Learn more about AFSP in its latest annual report and join the conversation about suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Via the American Veterinary Medical Association
Since 1863, the American Veterinary Medical Assocation has been the country’s premier lawyer for the veterinary profession. We are a diverse and passionate group of professionals, representing more than 95,000 members, all of whom strive to improve the health and wellbeing of animals, people and the environment we share.

Via the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
For nearly 40 years, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has been the advocate for veterinary technicians, advancing veterinary care and technology The United States. NAVTA is a dynamic community of more than 7,000 recognized veterinary technicians dedicated to advancing the veterinary nursing profession through advocacy, awareness and professional development. NAVTA is an association based on mission and members, which promotes the variety of ideas, perspectives and people and is committed to leading and promoting the profession. Learn more about NAVTA at

Via the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association
The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) is a nationally recognized thought leader and innovator in providing education, training and resources to more than 4,000 members and a trusted resource the veterinary sector relies on for insights, research and advocacy in the industry to ensure performance at the highest level. The main objective of VHMA is to develop and support professionals in veterinary practice management by developing expertise, supporting and promoting standards through the industry’s highest certification program, the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM), and individuals a network of professional connections and support will be provided. Learn more at

Via the officers of the Veterinary Medical Association
The Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) are designed to help Veterinary Medical Association executives build thriving organizations and provide effective leadership within the veterinary profession. VMAE supports its members in lifelong learning, connecting them as a community and promoting the exchange of best practices and great ideas. VMAE supports the well-being of veterinarians through active and meaningful cooperation with veterinary medical associations and strategic partners. Learn more about VMAE at

SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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