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Tackling suicide in vets

Female vets in the USA are 3.5 times more likely, and male vets 2.1 times more likely, to die from suicide compared to the general population, new research has shown.

The work, by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at the death records of over 11,000 US vets (from 1979 to 2015) and found that 398 deaths resulted from suicide.

On the back of the work, the AVMA is working with partners from the veterinary field, along with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to tackle this issue by creating and developing resources.

A key programme is QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training, which teaches people how to recognise the signs that someone may be considering suicide and helps them with ways to establish a …

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