alexa Overcome Compassion Fatigue And Burnout
ISSN: 1522-4821

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience
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3rd International Conference on Mental Health and Human Resilience
June 21-23, 2017 London, UK

Linda Sage
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Int J Emerg Ment Health
DOI: 10.4172/1522-4821-C1-009
Statement of the Problem: Compassion fatigue; puts healthcare workers and patients at risk. Everyday care workers struggle to function in care giving environments that present heart wrenching emotional challenges. Compassion Fatigue (CF): The profound emotional and physical erosion takes place when helpers cannot refuel and regenerate. Helping professionals open their hearts and minds to clients/patients, this empathy makes helpers vulnerable to be profoundly affected and possibly damaged. Burnout: The physical and emotional exhaustion is experienced when there is low job satisfaction, feeling powerless and overwhelmed. Signs of CF & Burnout: Overtaxed by work, showing similar symptoms to traumatized clients; difficulty concentrating, intrusive imagery, feeling discouraged, hopelessness, exhaustion, irritability, high attrition (helpers leaving) and negative, dispirited, cynical workers remaining in the field, boundary violations which affect the workplace and create a toxic environment. Factors causing CF & Burnout: The Individual: Life circumstances, coping style, personality type and life stressors like taking care of both young children and aging parents, in addition to managing a heavy and complex workload. Helpers are not immune to pain in their own lives; they can be vulnerable to life changes such as divorce & addictions. The Situation: Helpers often do work, others don’t want to hear about, spend time caring for people who are not valued or understood in society, homeless, abused, incarcerated or chronically ill. The working environment is often stressful and fraught. The work is very stressful, clients/patients who are experiencing chronic crises, difficulty controlling their emotions, or who may not get better. What can be done? Fatigue and burnout can be overcome by working in a healthy organizations access to a supportive and flexible management. Reduction of trauma exposure and ongoing staff education, timely, good quality supervision and reducing hours of working directly with traumatized individuals can be done to sort out the problem. Personal strategies: strong social support, home & work; increased self-awareness regular self-care. Making life changes, prioritize personal health/wellness Develop stress resiliency skills.

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