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Compassion fatigue is a term used to describe the overwhelming feelings that often come when you dedicate yourself caring for people, animals, or achieving social change. Compassion for others and passion for change can drive you to work in intense, stressful environments on a daily basis often with little support. This consistent level of stress can take a significant toll on one’s physical, mental, emotional, and relationship health.
The signs of compassion fatigue are varied, but frequently include:
Careers that frequently experience compassion fatigue include nursing, disaster relief, emergency management, first responding, teaching, social work, community activism, animal welfare, foster care, elder care, and social services.
If you are experiencing signs of compassion fatigue, or believe the employees or volunteers at your organization are struggling, contact us. We can help.