Dr. Tomasi said suicide prevention needs to extend beyond the workplace. Suicide in the workplace: Which professions are high risk? The study found that female veterinarians were 2.4 times as likely as the general U.S. population to commit suicide and that the rate for male veterinary technicians was five times higher. For both male and female veterinarians, those in clinical positions more often used pharmaceutical poisoning than did those in nonclinical positions. Doctors, dentists and other health care professionals (19), 14. Improving U.S. veterinarians' awareness of suicide prevention resources. Legal Statement. The NDI provided underlying cause of death information for the deceased veterinarians. Dr. Tomasi, in a May 2 CDC webinar, pointed to the following factors for the high suicide proportionate mortality rate among U.S. veterinarians: Dr. Nett said NIOSH's hierarchy of controls—a framework used to make recommendations on methods of controlling occupational hazards to help prevent occupational illnesses and injuries—could be used in this situation to help guide suicide prevention measures. Died by their own hand.' These sources provided age, sex, race, clinical positions, and species specialization. Fifty-one percent of male veterinarians who committed suicide used firearms, and 32 percent used poisoning, compared with 18 percent of female veterinarians who used firearms and 64 percent who used poisoning. 'And this is a kind of death that we can give ourselves. It is known that veterinarians in the United States and abroad have a higher suicide risk compared with the general population. The soaring suicide rate has prompted the formation of an online mental health group called Not One More Vet. Corporate executives and managers, advertising and public relations (20), 11. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Dr Jurney cites a number of reasons that to contribute to the high stress work life including large student debts, emotional strain and long hours. A new study says veterinarians face disproportionately high suicide rates. Given that job and money trouble ranks among the leading causes of suicide, we thought we'd dive deeper into the data and calculate which professions have the highest and lowest suicide rates and how it varies by gender. Increasingly, the veterinary community is marshaling efforts to address suicide rates that, according to recent research, are about twice that of the general public. Veterinarians are killing themselves in such alarming numbers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found male vets are 2.1 times as likely and female vets 3.5 times as likely to die by suicide compared with the general population. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. So it's not clear what the suicide rate is just for farmers. EXCLUSIVE: It was just a bit of fun! Or journalists. 'We're drawn to animals and then having to do a job where we are working with people,' McArthur said. Veterinary salaries — which start at about $67,000 a year — aren’t keeping pace with rising tuition rates. Get best-in-class CE in some of your favorite cities. And in Australia, veterinarians had a mortality rate that was also four times that of the general population (Aust Vet J 2008;86:114–116). Companies should also make sure workers know how to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, at (800) 273-TALK (8255). Veterinarians are killing themselves in such alarming numbers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found male vets are 2.1 times as likely and female vets 3.5 times as likely to die by suicide compared with the general population, 'I had 86 people in my vet school class,' Jurney says. Accountants, others in business, financial operations (16), 15. Using data to evaluate trends and effectiveness of suicide prevention activities. 1. Attend topical CE meetings on subjects including animal welfare, wellbeing, economics, and public policy. Dr. Carrie Jurney who is on the board of Not One More Vet said the stats were especially alarming because 60 percent of vets are women. The median age was 57 years for men and 42 years for women. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Clergy, social workers, other social service workers (14), 17. When comparing the methods of suicide between the general U.S. population and veterinarians, the researchers found notable differences. Money makes the world go ’round. It's not the first time a suicide problem has been noted for some of the jobs. "Occupational groups with higher suicide rates might be at risk for a number of reasons, including job-related isolation and demands, stressful work environments, and work-home imbalance, as well as socioeconomic inequities, including lower income, lower education level, and lack of access to health services," the CDC said in the report.