Warning Warning Danger Ahead

Compassion fatigue has been described as “the cost” of caring.  It is a normal consequence of working in the helping field.  One way to address compassion fatigue is to develop your own early warning system. This system alerts you to signals of stress and distress, it is an effective and practical self-care strategy.  Think of your early warning system as a set of traffic lights. 

Reducing the risk of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

In your profession, do you work with people and or animals who are suffering? Or are you someone who is actively engaged in the struggle to stop any further devastation of our beautiful planet? Do you listen to countless stories of abuse, hardship and trauma?Does it often feel as if you are swimming through oceans of pain, your heart breaking time and time again, because of what you bear witness to?

Sacred Death Walkers

It was National Palliative Care Week recently, and Compassion Fatigue Australia was invited to be a part of this important event. Palliative Care Week, is aimed at raising awareness and understanding for palliative care in the Australian community. I was honoured to speak on the topic of Compassion Fatigue and Resilience at the Palliative Care Volunteers Conference.

The Many Faces of Compassion Fatigue

I had a great conversation with a wonderful veterinarian recently, who shared with me his thoughts. He wondered whether the fatigue many veterinarians experience may in fact be integrity/moral fatigue and not compassion fatigue. This was a perfect example of one of the many faces of compassion fatigue.

Self-Compassion: A Remedy for Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue results when you overextend yourself, through caring for and supporting traumatised people and/or animals. Do you hold the belief that being of service to others is a vocation in which you are called upon to give your all? Perhaps, you feel that your needs are minor, particularly, when compared to the suffering of those you help.

We are all in this together

Not all organisations are created equal. Organisations whose core business involves high stress, trauma subjected populations and circumstances require a unique approach. This is because continual exposure to trauma and suffering has a profound impact on organisational health and capacity. One might ask, given the nature of the work, who’s responsibility is it to ensure overall wellbeing at the individual and organisational level?