Veterinarians deal with alarmingly high suicide rate within the profession

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Suicide has become a major issue in the veterinary industry.

A CDC survey found that nearly 1 in 10 veterinarians in this country may have serious mental health problems, but only half of them seek help.

According to a 2020 study by Merck, 89 percent of the veterinarians surveyed consider this to be one of the most important issues the profession is confronted with. The study also said that female veterinarians were 3.5 times more likely to die from suicide and male veterinarians 2.1 times more likely to die of suicide than the general population. 75 percent of the vets who died as a result of suicide worked in a small animal practice.

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“Our results suggest that veterinary suicide mortality rates have been high for some time, throughout the 36-year period we studied,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD. “This study sheds light on a complex issue in this profession. ”

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and one of the top three leading causes of death that is on the rise.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME at 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

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