Personal Well-being

For immediate help: Call Physician’s Health Program (WPHP) at (800) 552-7236

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Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP)
WPHP is a support and monitoring program for healthcare providers who have a condition or illness that is impacting their personal and/or professional life. The program seeks to create a safe harbor where healthcare providers can confidentially obtain the help they need. WPHP services include outreach, crisis intervention, informal assessment, treatment monitoring, advocacy, and guidance when a veterinarian needs help. WPHP also provides resources for families and employers.

Need help? Call today: Phone (206) 583-0127 / Toll Free (800) 552-7236 / Website

If you are thinking of harming yourself, PLEASE, PAUSE, even for a moment. Just pause and:

  • Call 911.
  • Call a suicide prevention line (800) 273-8255 or (800) 784-2433.
  • Call your local county crisis line (see website for list of counties and phone numbers).
  • Call Washington Physician’s Health Program (WPHP) (800) 552-7236 or (206) 583-0127.
  • Talk to your friends or family…tell them you need their help.
  • Call a mental health care provider. Give them a chance to help you.
  • Call your primary care provider.
  • Call WSVMA for resources: (800) 399-7862 or (425) 396-3191.

If you think someone might harm themselves, or take their own life, TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY:

  • Call 911 if you think it appropriate. Err on the side of caution.
  • Call a suicide prevention line (800) 273-8255 or (800) 784-2433.
  • Call your local county crisis line (see website for list of counties and phone numbers).
  • Call Washington Physician’s Health Program (WPHP) (800) 552-7236 or (206) 583-0127.
  • Dedicate to helping in whatever way you can, without sacrificing you own well-being.
  • Call WSVMA for resources: (800) 399-7862 or (425) 396-3191.

NOTE: The information contained in these self help documents is not to be used as a substitute for professional care.  Neither the authors nor the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) assume liability for injury incurred by following the information presented in these self-help documents.

Resources

Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP)
To facilitate the rehabilitation of veterinarians who have physical or mental conditions that could compromise public safety and to monitor their recovery.

Phone (206) 583-0127 / Toll Free (800) 552-7236 / Website

Washington Health Professional Services (WHPS) for LVTs and VMCs
A confidential program for chemically impaired health professionals, including licensed veterinary technicians and registered veterinary medication clerks. WHPS ensures early entry into recovery for the impaired practitioner while providing maximal protection of the public safety by identifying, assessing, and monitoring healthcare professionals and attracting the professional on a self-referral basis. See Resource

Downloadable informational PowerPoint Presentations
Use these tools to recognize and respond to the six behavioral indicators of impairment.

Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know is thinking of committing suicide, click here.

Resources:

Suicide: Conspiracy of Silence
by Carrie La Jeunesse, DVM, CT, CCFE. See Resource

Veterinarians’ Risk for Addictive Illness and Suicide
Report from Washington Physicians Health Program. See Resource

Physician Depression and Suicide 
Article from Washington Physicians Health Program. See Resource

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
The National Institute of Mental Health offers resources on depression, treatment options and where to go for help.  See Resource

What Can We Do About Suicide? 
Veterinary Team Brief. See Resource

Helpful Websites

Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP)
To facilitate the rehabilitation of healthcare practitioners who have physical or mental conditions that could compromise public safety and to monitor their recovery.

Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP)
Resource Page.

SAVMA “It’s OK” video series
These videos were created to encourage veterinary professionals to share their struggles

VetLife
Provides free and confidential support to the veterinary community through a helpline, a health support program and a fund for financial support

Wellness and Peer Assistance AVMA

WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Counseling & Wellness Services
Wellness resources for issues surrounding doctors and students.

Everyday Health.com
Find health resources and personalized health tools.

WebMD
The leading source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information.

My Family Health Portrait 
Helps document family health history to track diseases that may be hereditary.

This Emotional Life
A multi-year campaign to foster awareness, connections and solutions around emotional wellness.

American Heart Association
Go Red for Women Campaign

2 minute video from Mayo Clinic
Learn the new CPR method that may help you save someone’s life.

Recommended Reading List

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal, by Rachel Remen, MD

The Five Things We Cannot Change and the Happiness We Find in Embracing Them, by David Richo

Helpful Articles

Are You at Risk for Compassion Fatigue?
Veterinary Team Brief

Heat-Stress-Training-2015
Washington State University

How Can I tell if a Provider is Chemically Impaired?
Charles Meredith, MD,  Washington Physicians Health Program

And Then, the Silence Was Fatal!
Mandatory Reporting for Healthcare Practitioners – Mick Oreskovich, MD

German study: Widespread Stress Found Among Veterinarians

A Disturbing Trend: Veterinary Cyber Bullying
Suzanne Smither, Veterinary Team Brief, April 2014

Cyberbullying – and How to Handle It
AVMA

Fighting the cyberbully: How harassment can affect your practice
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), Nov 15, 2015

I’m Being Cyber-Bullied
Andy Roark, DVM, MS

Compassion Fatigue: Healing the Healer

Would you recognize a stroke?
If someone experienced a sudden stroke, would you recognize it and know what to do? Make a commitment to learn the stroke warning signs and where stroke hospitals exist in your area.

Health Care Reform Timeline

Addiction in the Practice: Is it time to do something about it?
AAHA Trends Magazine, April 2013

Is There Hope? Exclusive addiction survey results from AAHA
AAHA Trends Magazine, May 2013

Workplace Violence: Issues in Response
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Violence in Veterinary Practices

I had a Black Dog, His Name Was Depression
Created by the World Health Organization, this video is a creative and engaging effort to demystify and destigmatize depression that also includes easy to adopt self-care tips, as well as recommendations for gaining support.

NOTE:  The information contained in these self help documents is not to be used as a substitute for professional care.  Neither the authors nor the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) assume liability for injury incurred by following the information presented in these self-help documents.