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Mental Health
Understanding depression – the ‘black dog’
  1. David Bartram

    David Bartram graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1988 and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 16 years. He is also engaged in academic research with the School of Medicine, University of Southampton, into mental health and wellbeing in the UK veterinary profession. He is a Samaritans volunteer.

  2. David Baldwin

    David Baldwin is a reader in psychiatry and honorary consultant psychiatrist at the University of Southampton. He has a professional interest in public education about mental illness and its treatment. His research interests include anxiety and depressive disorders, and the prevention of suicidal behaviour.


THE veterinary profession is recognising that rates of depression, stress and suicide are particularly high among its members, and it is taking steps both to investigate this more fully and to offer support. Last month, for example, saw the launch of, a website that highlights the support available from the established veterinary care organisations and from outside the profession. This article, aimed at those who may be troubled by feelings of depression, as well as their friends, colleagues and relatives, sets out to provide a better understanding of depression, and of what can be done to help.

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