The charity-run Vetlife helpline, which offers 24/7 confidential support, says it had 2775 contacts from members of the profession last year, up 160% on the previous year.
Vetlife Operations Manager Joanne Driver said: "We’re aware that for many the impact of seasonal work pressures for vet practices and the stresses of the already hectic Christmas period do not simply disappear when January arrives. When paired with mental health issues or personal worries, it can continue to feel overwhelming.
Vetlife helpline is a safe place to talk for those who are struggling, and our volunteers can signpost callers to resources and our health and financial services.
"It can be hard to spot colleagues who are struggling or to find ways to offer the help they need. By supporting Vetlife you can help us ensure there is a friendly anonymous voice at the end of the phone or via email for everyone in the veterinary community who needs it. Vetlife is largely run by volunteers and we rely on your support and donations to keep the services running.
"Please make a meaningful resolution this year and support Vetlife through a donation, by becoming a member or by joining as a volunteer."
If you would like to support Vetlife, there are a number of ways to help:
DonateAs a registered independent charity, Vetlife relies on the generosity of the people in the veterinary community and veterinary organisations to be able to continue its work. The simplest way to donate is online at: www.vetlife.org.uk/support-us/donate/
VolunteerVetlife is almost entirely managed and run by its volunteers. To learn more about volunteering for Vetlife Helpline or as an Area Representative, visit www.vetlife.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/
Become a Vetlife MemberVetlife members are an essential link with the veterinary community, helping it to make sure everyone knows about the support services that it offers. You must be a veterinary surgeon to become a Vetlife member. You can complete the Vetlife membership form at: vetlife.org.uk/support-us/become-a-vetlife-member/
Vetlife Helpline is available on: 0303 040 2551 or email via www.vetlife.org.uk
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