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Veterinarians have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession; compound that profession with any marginalized identity and the risk of mental illness and/or suicide completion only increases. We here PRIDE VMC want to acknowledge this trend in order to help our community members combat it.

Experiencing any form of marginalization is a mentally exhausting and emotionally draining experience that may require assistance. We strive to provide as many resources as possible to our community members to assist them through difficult times. Below are some resources to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis. For ongoing mental health issues, we highly encourage individuals to seek out a professional.

There is no shame in having a mental illness–it is not a morality defeat or a sign of weakness. Please help us destigmatize this illness by being open in your support of those suffering from it.

Resource links & Contact Info

  • Trans Lifeline 18/7
  • Trevor Suicide Prevention Line 24/7
  • Gay and Lesbian National Hotline
    Mon–Fri, 4 pm–12 am EST
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7
    1.800.273.8255 (TALK)
    TTY: 1.800.799.4889
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    741741 (text)
    Mon–Fri, 10 am–6 pm ET
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HIV/AIDS/STD Line)
  • HIV/AIDS Treatment Info Services
    TDD: 1.888.480.3739
    Mon–Fri, 12 pm–5 pm EST
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    TDD: 1.800.787.3224
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Hotline
  • Alcohol Hotline
  • Drug Abuse Hotline
  • Youth Talkline (ages 23 and under)
    Mon–Sat, 9.30 pm–12 am EST
    Tue, 7 pm–12 am EST
  • Depression Toolkit
  • Active Minds
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network


Cultural and Diversity Awareness Grant

SAVMA’s Integrative Communication and Diversity Committee
Cultural differences between veterinarians and clients, and in fact between veterinarians and other veterinarians, are one of many obstacles that the profession must face. To overcome these differences, each of us must approach all clients with an understanding of different values, beliefs, and personal preferences. This grant is meant to support activities or experiences that will increase awareness of diversity within your student body, rather than fund individual personal experiences. The event must have occurred in the past 12 months (between September 2016 and October 2017). Successful examples will be published in the Vet Gazette.
The application is here.

Diversity and Communication Grant

SAVMA’s Integrative Communication and Diversity Committee
We are now awarding up to five $200 grants to deserving individuals who have attended or wish to attend a meeting or event that promotes diversity and communication within the veterinary profession. Read more about these exciting grants and fill out the application! Don’t miss out! Examples of conventions, symposiums or other approved meetings include SAVMA Symposium, AVMA Convention, and Iverson Bell Symposium. The event must occur between October 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, to be eligible.
The application is here

Spring InterSchool Collaboration Grant

SAVMA’s Integrative Communication and Diversity Committee
ICDC is proud to announce the release of the much-anticipated initiative, the first-ever Interschool Collaboration Grant this fall which has now DOUBLED ITS AMOUNT! This grant aims to foster collaboration between the different veterinary institutions as they work together to share ideas, offer support, and put on great events centered around Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. In order to qualify for this grant, your school’s local diversity-based chapters (VOICE, Broad Spectrum/LGVMA, WVLDI, SCORE, or other diversity-oriented student groups) will pair with the same chapter(s) at another school in order to work together to put on an exciting joint event between both schools. Each school is limited to only one other school for pairing, and it is our hope that you will get your entire school involved in this unique collaboration so you get the most out of your experience.
In order to facilitate the pairings, we are providing a list of all the mentor and mentee schools along with their main contact, as well as a detailed document outlining steps to make your pairings as successful as possible. Each school should feel free to reach out and find their match from the mentor/mentee list provided. The paired clubs with the most impactful events with the greatest participation at each school will be awarded the first prize of $1000 for each school in the pair, while the runner-ups will be awarded $500 for each school in the pair. The deadline to submit your application for this grant will be on June 1st, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Happy pairing!
The application is here


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