I share this from Dr. Paul Pion and the Veterinary Information Network today as a public service to our community, shocked and saddened by the suicide of Dr. Sophia Yin:
The VIN Foundation would like to express our deepest sympathies to Dr. Sophia Yin’s family. The entire veterinary community remains in shock and full with sadness. The loss of such a dedicated, vibrant, animal advocate can not be quantified.
Stress and anxiety stifles so many people, especially those in the veterinary profession. People battling with depression, stress, and anxiety should seek help from others. While you may be concerned about shame, we a sure you there is nothing to be ashamed of.
The VIN Foundation will be sponsoring a round table discussion via the Veterinary Information Network this Sunday 5th at 9 pm EST. ALL veterinary professionals are welcome to attend. A current membership is NOT required. You are welcome to sign up for a free trial to gain access to the round table. You will NOT be obligated to continue with membership.
This Sunday October 5th at 9 PM ET, there will be a special rounds:
Introduction by Jim Wilson, JD, DVM — a very close friend, mentor and advisor of Sophia
Then Susan Cohen, DSW — a close friend of mine who was the social worker/therapist at the Animal Medical Center in NY for 20+ years.
Susan will speak to us on:
Dealing With Your and Your Colleagues’ Stress and Depression
Please email members of the VIN Foundation if you have any questions or need assistance, in any fashion.
Dr. Bree Montana firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Joe D’Abbraccio email@example.com
I know there are others who are suffering. I hope we can bring these issues into the open, and work to advance the idea that mental illness is illness, period. This seems like a good place to start.