ABOUT NAVN 2022 CAMPAIGN
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Not Another Vet Nurse (NAVN) seeks to bring awareness, change, and possibly end the stigma of mental health and suicide within veterinary medicine. Not only is the veterinary profession among the top for suicide concerns but the statistics regarding mental health are just as alarming. 1 in 10 Veterinarians has suffered severe psychological distress. 1 in 6 have considered suicide. 1 in 5 have been a victim or knows someone who has been a victim of cyber bullying.
 
A good amount of people joining the veterinary field already suffer from a mental health condition. We are then faced with a number of psychologically stressful, even traumatic events (animal neglect, animal abuse, trauma, euthanasia, etc.) on a daily basis. In a recent AVMA study 67% of veterinary professionals have experienced depression, 60% of veterinary professionals had a family history of depression, anxiety or substance abuse, and 25% of veterinary professionals were already taking medication for diagnosed depression or anxiety.
 
Unfortunately, not all veterinary professionals have access to proper mental health care. Not all veterinary hospitals offer benefits and if they do it’s no guarantee that behavioral health will be covered. NAVN found out countries with free healthcare do not have immediate access to mental health care. They have to wait and if they can’t they are forced to pay out of pocket if they go outside of their healthcare.
 
The cost of mental health care worldwide is increasingly expensive. Contrary to popular belief, veterinary professionals do not get paid enough to match our workload. This means affording mental health care can be challenging.
 
NAVN strives to provide veterinary professionals with the mental health care funds they so desperately need and deserve. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This is our first fundraiser to raise funds to help veterinary professionals have access to mental health care.
 
Our 2022 goal is to walk, run, bike, bike, wheelchair 12,000 miles and make $1,000 towards our mission of helping veterinary professionals with mental health care. You can sign up as an individual or a team (even a clinic!) to fundraise. Exercise is one of the ways we can help combat some of the side effects of mental illness, and is a great way to promote self care.
 
We look forward to making this an annual event to help spread awareness while coming together to support veterinary professionals mental health.
 
 
FITNESS GOAL
COMPLETED: 1,439 miles
TARGET: 12,000 miles
FUNDRAISING GOAL
RAISED: $ 1,299
TARGET: $ 1,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints around the paw print!
HOW IT WORKS
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
NOT ANOTHER VET NURSE
Helping veterinary professionals afford mental healthcare.

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HOW YOUR PARTICIPATION HELPS
All funds raised will be used to help veterinary professionals afford mental health care. This includes but not limited to counseling sessions, medications, or hospital stays for mental health related incidents.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign.

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

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How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.