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Would you know how to support someone who is going through a time of crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts? Completing the ASK – Assess, Support, Know suicide prevention training could help save somebody’s life.

ASK – Assess, Support, Know is the first of its kind to be designed specifically for veterinary professionals to help them recognize when someone is in emotional distress or suicidal and how to connect them to professional support.

The 30-minute interactive eLearning includes real-life scenarios, talking points, myth vs. facts and resources to help guide veterinary professionals in navigating tough situations.

The training has been endorsed by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention as meeting best practices and is RACE approved for continuing education.

Here are several resources available to you:

Emergency If someone is experiencing a physical or mental health emergency, call 911. First responders are trained to assist in these situations.
Local There may be resources available through your professional organization and health insurance. Please reach out to your primary care doctor or benefits team to learn more about these programs—and be sure to ask about your employer’s Associate Assistance Program.
U.S. National 24/7 Crisis Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA)

24/7, free confidential support for people in distress; prevention and crisis resources for you, your loved ones, and clients.
Call 1-866-488-7386.

The Trevor Project

24/7 crisis and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ+) people.
Call 1-866-488-7386 or Text “START” to 678678.

Veterans’ Crisis Line

24/7 free crisis and suicide prevention services for veterans and their loved ones.
Call 1-800 273-TALK (8255) & press 1 or Text 838255.

Not One More Vet

Veterinary professionals providing support for each other.


Support in Canada The Canada Suicide Prevention Service enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support by phone, in French or English. Call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645.

To find a centre near you

For other social support, call or text 211. 211 is an information line for referrals to community, social and government services available in each province.

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