Compassion Fatigue - Extreme Beauty of Nature - keeping your mind health.
2020 is the emergence of three decades of mental health and wellbeing professional services: Over the many thousands of people I have worked with and cared for and further academic studies has supported the view that the way people are working is just not sustainable. After years providing training and delivery to a wide network of health and helping agencies - whether it is a one off day training, or a longer term one on one coaching...I have come to agree with these exhausted and courageous people the catch cry..."This work load is not sustainable". In my own field, back in the 90's a full days' private practice was 4 people. Now it is common practice to consult with 7 or 8 people in one day, five days a week. Family and Community service professionals have case loads of more than 40 families. "It is not sustainable". Mental health awareness programs have always advised that prevention is the best practice, and then early intervention. This message came through with Beyond Blue in 2005 and we are still saying the same thing. of emergency care and rescue people, health and medical professionals; legal and law enforcement professionals Mind Health Consultancy in Sydney Australia, the time has come to give more attention to caring for our care providers - in particular work places are encouraged to enrol peer support programs that give attention to the mind health of our professional helpers and carers. Many health professionals have their own lived experiences, have grown side by side with their clients, walking through similar issues, troubles and hardships. They are the counsellors, social workers and psychologists often best suited to accompany others on the path to recovery because they’ve already walked that path themselves. Having gone through the experiences means they have greater compassion and hope for the future and we know that hope is the number one predictor of well-being after adversity. When people have hope for a better future, or hope for a resolution, this can provide that extra perseverance, strength and resilience required to get through. Regularly checking in with your peers, and regular self care programs seem difficult to maintain. I hear a common phrase around town "Its just not sustainable". I agree these long days and emotionally complex jobs are not sustainable. Workplaces need to promote wellbeing programs and make these available to their people. Attending a weekly wellbeing and mindfulness class at work, needs to be in the calendar and approved by your manager/leader.
Appreciation of Extreme Beauty
For professionals working in family courts and criminal law they are faced with listening and reading many horrific life stories and cruel harsh circumstances that surround people's lives. This does effect our world view, our own wellbeing and quality of our relationships. Whether you notice this or not - they leave impressions that can last for many years - embedding into your brain and body.
The Mind is a place where you process this material and it is within the mind that you can also process, dissolve the harmful effects of shocking material. Mindfulness practices such as being present, regular meditation are useful and evidenced based practices that work, music and the visual Arts; somatic approaches are beneficial too. It is important to find your healing balm, what approach, what senses are the most relaxing for you. I know I am visual, so my approach is to spend hours looking at extremely beautiful photographs of nature. I also get out into nature particularly in the mornings at sunrise and I take photos and post these on instagram with little poetic messages. It works for me. Also singing in a choir with a group of fun people - gives me a sense of the regular support and friendship offered in regular community clubs and groups. Connecting and passing on some of the beauty I am seeing and receiving this positive feedback from other people who appreciate the beauty too
Seeking to be fulfilled through your life's work. You might here a colleague or friend say "...this is not a job, this is my vocation, my reason for getting up each day".
The meaning and value we give to what we are doing will influence how well we can deliver on our work load.
Also, having a sense of agency and control over outcomes will ease some of the stress of workloads. Bringing the attention back to what you can and can't do. Keep within your area of control.
In terms of the rise in suicide rates - Bart Andrews is a clinical psychologist and vice president of clinical operations at a behavioral health hospital in St. Louis. He’s also a suicide attempt survivor who began sharing his personal story five years ago, including an in-depth interview with a suicide survivor site called “Live Through This.” (Photo: LiveThroughThis.org)
They possess some of the most indispensable and in-demand therapeutic skills in the country, and by all accounts, they exist in sizable numbers. In a nation swimming against the global tide of improving mental health, these healers ought to be the heroes.
But few advertise what might be their strongest credential.
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Instead, many appear to do their best work with quiet professional anonymity — except in moments of confidentially when their private story might help a struggling client.
“There are many like us,” said Bart Andrews, a suicide attempt survivor who's a practicing psychologist and senior administrator at St. Louis-based Behavioral Health Response.
“We’re really afraid to tell our stories because we’re afraid we’re going to lose our jobs,” Andrews told a suicide survivor site called Live Through This, in a 2015 interview shortly after his first public disclosure. “People are going to take our degrees away. They’re going to take our licenses away. They’re going to think I’m not a good therapist.”