Maintaining mental health

Introduction

In order to do well in school, especially considering the rigors of the program, balance mental well-being and physical health. Being healthy allows for best learning, performance, and personal satisfaction while in school. Creating a healthy lifestyle now will promote a lifelong healthy lifestyle.

   Many vet students have a history of personal or family mental health disorders. Students may have been under the care of a mental health provider at home, but don’t want to find a new practitioner when away from home. Health insurance coverage may also be an issue. Getting medication refills can be challenging.

As students get immersed in the veterinary program, they also tend to skimp on sleep, nutrition and exercise, all of which impact their mental as well as physical health.

Strategies

 

People to talk about mental health

  • Your physician
  • A mental health counselor
  • Student counseling services: (612) 624-3323
  • Boynton Mental health clinic: (612) 624-1444
  • Athena Diesch-Chham: (612) 625-4168, diesc009@umn.edu

Local resources

  • Health Professionals Service Program (HPSP) – 651-642-0487
  • Mental Health Minnesota- 651-288-0400 OR text SUPPORT to 85511
  • Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine – 651-201-2844
  • MVMA – 651-645-7533

Veterinary resources

National resources

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) www.nami.org- 1-800-950-6264
  • National Suicide Prevention Program – www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org – 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line www.crisistextline.org – OR text HOME to 741-741
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) www.samhsa.gov – 1-800-662-4357
  • aa.org
  • na.org
  • al-anon.org

Final Thoughts

If you haven’t had good mental health before coming into vet school, IT IS NOT TOO LATE. Learning is optimal when you are at your best mentally and physically. Start doing something for yourself today to promote a healthy lifestyle and to facilitate personal and academic success.

 

 

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