Peer Support Group
3/8/2021 5:48:22 PM
Welcome to the EASAV Peer Support Group Page
The group regularly meets virtually on the second Wednesday of each month!
The link to the Zoom meetings will be sent by email to our website users 1-2 days prior to each meeting.
If you need someone from our team to connect with, we are happy to help!
Email us: email@example.com
Call one of us by phone:
Dr. Martin Schiebel: (780)918-6103
Dr. Nancy Bruyere: (780)674-1754
Smokey Walters (RVT): (780)913-3789
Q: Who is this group for?
A: For all those who work in the veterinary profession and are searching to receive or provide peer support for issues such as:
One of this program’s basic principles is that of confidentiality. Meetings and conversations will be kept confidential; those present or spoken to will be asked not to disclose to anyone whom we see or what we hear while at the meetings.
Each session is co-facilitated by one of the following team members: Drs. Martin Schiebel, Dr. Nancy Bruyere or Smokey Walters, our Executive Assistant.
We are not licensed counsellors and are not trained to give guidance on personal, social or psychological problems; we are veterinary professionals helping veterinary professionals and we look forward to helping our fellow peers!
Connecting veterinary professionals with mental health resources in the community
National and International Veterinary Wellbeing Resources, courtesy of Dr. Marie Holowaychuk
Suicide Support: Call 1-833-456-4566 (open 24 hours for calls) or text 45645 (text messages received and returned between 4 pm - 12 am only)
- this is a crisis line for immediate help when in crisis. It connects people to their local crisis centre
Mental Health Hotline Alberta
Alberta Health Services Crisis/Distress Hotline
211 - Dial 2-1-1 anytime, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week.
- Edmonton: 1-780-342-7777
- Calgary: 403-266-1605
- Anyone in Alberta can call either number. When you or someone you know needs to talk to a mental health therapist (i.e.: distress, talking about self harm, harm to others, suicidal thoughts/words)
List of Crisis centres in Alberta
- with 24 hr support to provide resources to help with a stressful situation before it escalates into a crisis
- If calling from outside the 211 service areas (areas listed at http://www.ab.211.ca/communities served)
- Dial either Edmonton: 780-482-4636 OR Calgary: 403-264-3388
- Online Chat available from 12 – 8pm MT daily
- 211 Alberta connects you to social services in your community. They use the inform Alberta database to search available supports for the caller's needs
Alberta Health Services Health Link
Alberta Mental Health Intake
- talk to a nurse about a mental health or physical concern in person
- 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week
- live person answers this phone
Mental Health Resources for livestock producers in Canada - domore.ag
- to book a mental health assessment with an expert; recorded message only
- There is no live person who answers this phone
Pet Safekeeping Resource Page
Veterinary-specific Mental Health Resource Links
CVMA Health the Wellness Resources
OVMA's i matter mental health resources for veterinary professionals
- for AbVMA member mental health support
- call 1-800-663-1142 - Press (1) for immediate crisis support, offered 24/7
- OR visit homewoodhealth.com