I have to admit that it can be quite easy to feel overwhelmed in school. The stress of Friday exams, the barrage of multiple assignments in different classes due on the same day or the day before an exam, and the internal pressure of striving to do your best while maintaining balance in your life can all coalesce and take their toll on students. The responsibilities of students in vet school far surpass those of undergraduate students, and I can venture a guess that the burden only increases once we become a part of the workforce. While taking care of all the animals, we must not forget to help ourselves and attempt to be surrounded by caring family members, friends, and colleagues.
The Boston Globe recently published an article on the incidence of suicide and suicidal thought among veterinarians. It is so important for people to be aware of this and not shy away from discussing the topic, no matter how hard it is. For those of us who personally know people who have taken their own lives or who have had dark thoughts, we can learn from those painful experiences and be a support to people who are struggling. If you are reading this post, give yourself a pat on the back for caring enough to visit a site associated with a company that is dedicated to improving the lives of animals and humans.
Don’t underestimate your power to handle difficulties in life. And don’t underestimate how much people in your life care about you and your well-being.