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INFORMATION

Want to know the difference between compassion fatigue and burn out?

Want to know what symptoms to be aware of when working in a stressful or compassion role?

Want to find out if you could be suffering from the stresses of working in animal welfare?

Knowledge is key, and essential for becoming self aware and self caring allowing us all to continue with our work for animals whilst at the same time feeling well enough to do it. 

what are the symptoms of compassion fatigue and burn out?

what can I do if I feel like I'm suffering from stresses of the animal welfare world?

WHAT IS COMPASSION FATIGUE?

Compassion fatigue is a 

"profound emotional and physical exhaustion that you can develop over time, either at work, at home or both." 

~ Francoise Mathieu

COMPASSION FATIGUE
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WHAT IS BURNOUT?

Burnout is

"a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands." 

~ Francoise Mathieu

BURNOUT

WHAT IS SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS? (STS)

SECONDAY TRAUMATIC STRESS

Secondary Trauma - or Vicarious Trauma

"refers to all the ways in which your world view is altered by the many stories we hear or witness." 

~ Francoise Mathieu

OTHER TERMS

  • Personal vulnerabilities - issues at home for example, issues that we personally struggle....

  • Work-related traumatic grief/loss

  • Direct exposure: direct experience of trauma

  • Indirect trauma: the ways we hear difficult stories from clients, other colleagues, friends, sometimes via informal downloading...

  • Systems failure - includes moral distress, situations where we disagree with decisions made during work 

  • Working conditions - where burn out lives, your hours, rewards, your managers, flexibility, adequate pay, your recognition...often who you report to. Perceptions of trust....positive feedback etc

  • Socio-cultural context - political challenges, marginalised communities

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