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Mental Health Resources for Animal Care Professionals


We at the PVMA recognize that stress, depression, burn out, and other concerning mental health issues are commonplace and under-appreciated within the animal health and welfare fields and the affiliated professions. While this is a serious issue that is highly individual and often multifactoral in nature, requiring help and solutions of many types, we aim to have this page serve as a repository/library of mental health resources, studies, and articles for those working with animals. Our hope is to bring this endemic problem further out into the light, to remove any potential stigma, and to let our friends and colleagues know that they are not alone and that help is available.

Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions for additional resources or any personal insight or thoughts on this issue. Be well and don’t forget to care for yourself, too. We will continue to add to this page as well as create other ways to connect with and support those in our community.


Understanding Suicide Prevention:

24/7 Crisis Centers



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

P: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention. No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.


Multnomah County Logo  


Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line

P: (503) 988-4888  


The Mental Health Call Center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a highly-educated, well-trained staff. The call center offers:

  • Crisis Counseling by phone, with translation services for non-English speakers
  • 24/7 mobile crisis outreach for in-person assessment
  • Referral to low-cost or sliding-scale agencies
  • Help finding mental health providers, including those who have culturally linguistically specific services
  • Information about non-crisis community resources


Clackamas County Crisis Line

P: 503-655-8585 )


Washington County Crisis Services

P: 503-291-9111


Clark County

P: 360-696-9560 or 1-800-686-8137


Please also visit to search all county resources…



Veterinary Specific Support Resource


A confidential support group for veterinarians.

What can Vets4Vets help me with?
- Tough work situations
- Difficult school circumstances
- Stress
- Depression
- Emotional unrest
- Physical challenges
- Addiction
Or... if you just need to talk to somebody.


What about support staff?

Support4Support was started because a group of DVMs were seeing their support staff struggling with similar challenges. Support4Support is a confidential support group for veterinary support staff.

Who is Vets4Vets?
We are from all areas of the veterinary profession. We're here to help colleagues.

Vets4Vets support team members are experienced, active and retired, veterinarians. Support4Support team members are experienced veterinary technicians and veterinary support staff educators. All team members care about you and all colleagues.

Professional therapists with years of experience supporting veterinarians and veterinary support staff complete the teams. 
For more information visit the Vets4Vets webpage on VIN.


Printable/downloadable Brochure



Mental Health Coverage in Oregon

Affordable Health Care Act Mental Health Coverage:


Mental Health care is required coverage in all health insurance plans sold through the healthcare exchanges. Also, here’s a PDF that shows that Mental Health treatment is not only required by the ACA on the National level, but it’s also something that’s required at the State level here in Oregon (at least in group plans). If you are unsure what your plan covers, please take a look here:



Local Mental Health Agencies

For assistance finding a therapist, please visit the sites below:


Psychology Today Therapist & Counselor Search:


About the Psychology Today search: A comprehensive and easy-to-use search tool for finding detailed professional listings for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists, Counselors, Group Therapy and Treatment Centers in the United States and Canada.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator


LifeWorks Northwest—
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare—
Morrison Child & Family Services—
The Dougy Center—
Multnomah County Mental Health & Addiction Services—


National Alliance on Mental Illness—


References for reading and watching:


2015 AVMA Article about the high rate of suicide in veterinarians.

VIN Rounds: Dealing With Your and Your Colleagues' Stress and Depression (video)


A letter from PVMA Member Dr. Timothy McCarthy (members only)




A cross-sectional study of mental health and well-being and their associations in the UK veterinary profession.Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. December 2009;44(12):1075-85.


Cohen SP. Compassion fatigue and the veterinary health team. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2007;37:123–134.

Bartram DJ, Baldwin DS. Veterinary surgeons and suicide: a structured review of possible influences and risk. Vet Rec. 2010;166:388–397.

Cohen SP. Compassion fatigue and the veterinary health team. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2007;37:123–134.

Mitchener KL, Ogilvie GK. Understanding compassion fatigue: keys for caring veterinary healthcare team. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2002;38:307–310.

Nolen RS. When caring too much is an occupational hazard. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2006;228(11):1653.


Reeve CL, Rogelberg SG, Spitzmuller C, Digiacomo N. The caring-killing paradox: euthanasia-related strain among animal shelter work. J Appl Soc Psych. 2005;35(1):119–143.


The distinct role of performing euthanasia on depression and suicide in veterinarians.
J Occup Health Psychol. April 2014;19(2):123-32.


Rogelberg SG, Reeve CL, Spitzmüller C, et al. Impact of euthanasia rates, euthanasia practices, and human resource practices on employee turnover in animal shelters. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2007;230(5):713–719.


Reeve CL, Rogelberg SG, Spitzmuller C, Digiacomo N. The caring-killing paradox: euthanasia-related strain among animal shelter work. J Appl Soc Psych. 2005;35(1):119–143.


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