Mental Health + Wellness

October is a very important month in the mental health realm! This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week took place from October 4th -10th, 2020. National Depression Screening Day was October 8th and World Mental Health Day was October 10th. While these might just sound like “days” in the month, it is important that to pause and reflect on what these days truly mean. Veterinary professionals give so much every day to their community and pets. It becomes critical that you stop and make sure you are also focused on your well-being to ensure that you can continue to provide important, passionate care. PPV is committed to the health of our healers and care of the caretakers. In consideration of Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day this month, PPV wants to share some tips for breaking the stigma around mental health.

If you have a mental illness or condition, do not equate yourself with it. You are not an illness. So instead of saying “I’m bipolar,” say “I have bipolar disorder.” Instead of calling yourself “a schizophrenic,” say “I have schizophrenia.” Stigma can often foster isolation and self-doubt. If you have a mental illness, you may be reluctant to tell anyone about it. However, the truth is, your family, friends, clergy, or members of your community can offer you support if they know about your mental illness. Reach out to people you trust for the compassion, support, and understanding you need. You are not in this alone.

Did you know that anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in America? While some anxiety is normal, anxiety disorders cause people to feel so distressed that it affects their day-to-day lives. Screening for mental health conditions should be just as normal as screening for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic health condition. You can take a mental health screening from the comfort of your own home at This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Always be sure to follow-up with a psychologist, therapist, or family physician.

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in your blood and in many foods you consume. We all have levels of “good” (HDL) and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol in our bodies and require a small amount of cholesterol to function properly. However, too much cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases.
Your lifestyle plays a big role in keeping your cholesterol levels in a healthy range. A diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, like the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) Diet recommended by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, can help lower your cholesterol and keep it under control. Learn more by visiting here.
A fresh pumpkin pie can be the perfect addition to any fall meal! You can find a low-cholesterol pumpkin recipe here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed the world as we once knew it. This month’s financial corner will feature simple, easy tips for saving money during a pandemic. First, call your service providers. Many service providers are providing relief options to those impacted by the coronavirus. Call your providers to see what options you might have. This includes your utilities, cell phone companies, internet/TV companies, and alarm companies. You are the customer, so be sure to negotiate your own savings! Remember, even if they say no, it does not hurt to ask!
Use apps to earn cashback on purchases. For example, when you’re done with your grocery shopping, upload your receipt using the Fetch Rewards app. Earn points on the app and redeem them for a plethora of gift cards. Ibotta is also a great app for general shopping at most stores. You can look up rebates that are available at a store before you go, select an offer if it applies, and scan your receipt upon completion. This is an easy way to get hundreds of dollars back each year! You can also get bonuses for referring people and completing challenges.
Lastly, take a good look at things that are on autopay with your credit card. Think about what you can cut back on for now. If you have not used a subscription or membership in the last few months, now might be a good time to cancel the subscription and save some hard-earned money!

Volunteering and giving back to the community are great ways to improve your social wellbeing. We understand that the current pandemic limits your options for volunteering, but be sure to keep in mind that there are still virtual volunteer opportunities available!

You can visit here to learn more about various opportunities about causes you are passionate about. Many of the opportunities let you volunteer from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule.

The PPV family realizes the importance of wellness and is committed to the health of our team members. If you would like to learn more about joining our team, visit