Compassion fatigue is defined as the negative cost of caring.
As mental health care professionals, it is our job to care so when we find ourselves unable to care in the same way, it is very distressing.
We have always been at risk of compassion fatigue but the last 2.5 years have increased that risk tenfold given the levels of trauma, grief, anxiety and depression that people have been and continue to experience.
In our desire to help others, we often forget about ourselves – putting our needs last.
We may have the theoretical knowledge about compassion fatigue and how to prevent it but we often don’t put it into practice despite what we have been taught.
This course aims to provide practical ways to protect oneself from developing compassion fatigue as well as some ways to recover if you are already feeling the impact of compassion fatigue.