How FVMA members can reach free wellness counselors

Our members do so much to care for animals, and we’re just as driven to do our part to take care of you, our members. That’s why we are proud to offer live, professional therapists for free through the Membership Assistance Program (MAP). Available in the palm of your hand, this counselor network can help you improve or resolve both work-related and personal difficulties of all sizes.

The Problem—and How We’re Helping

We previously shared several studies from across the veterinary industry that show a significant number of veterinarians suffer from distress.

The most recent of those studies, performed by biopharmaceutical company Merck, revealed in 2020 that 92% of veterinarians surveyed were very concerned about high stress levels. Of those surveyed, 91% expressed concern regarding student debt and 89% expressed concern regarding suicide in the profession.

Fortunately, studies show that receiving professional help leads to satisfactory results. Digital resources and online counseling have made receiving such assistance easier and more accessible than ever. A 2021 Journal of Medical Internet Research-published study found that 90.9% of respondents found their virtual wellness visit made it easy to get the care they needed, with 82% of respondents stating they found virtual wellness care to be as satisfactory as in-person care. Though there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mental wellness, such encouraging signs have further boosted our confidence in the MAP, offered free to all FVMA members.

Due to the dynamic nature of mental wellness concerns and the optimism around digital wellness practices, we’re thankful we can offer live, professional therapists and counselors through the MAP. Confidential, one-on-one consultations ensure your struggles—and your solutions—remain as private as you’d like while still being as accessible as ever.

How to Make Use of MAP’s Professionals

By downloading the MyGroup app or visiting mygroup.com, FVMA members can have constant access to the service and all its many additional features. In the app, follow the top-right tab, tap or click “My Portal Login,” and choose “Work-Life.” Use the username fvma2021 and the password guest to sign in. Here you have access to all the MAP’s resources.

Those who only want assistance through the counseling process can call 704-529-1428 or 800-633-3353.

No problem is too big or small to seek consultation, and you won’t have to pay out of pocket to get started with the MAP. Through our simple-to-use, FREE program, you can take the first step to finding clarity and bettering your mental health.

We hope that this offering from the FVMA will be a step toward countering one of veterinary medicine’s biggest obstacles and help brighten the future of a profession so dear to us.