I'm excited to announce I’ve registered for my certification as a Compassion Fatigue (CF) Professional Educator with a specialty in the area of animal rescue.
I am also certified in Mental Health First Aid, EQ, Negotiation, and Crucial Conversations. By adding CF to my portfolio I intend to design / deliver a rounded suite of programs for rescues and shelters. A program that focusses on equipping and improving the communication skills and resiliency of the humans who are the lifeline for so many animals. I will still have my day job but this is a meaningful way I can use my spare time to give back. I look forward to sharing this journey with you all, hearing your feedback, and providing info & resources to my website soon.
This topic is near to my heart; I'm personally aware of how overwhelming #CompassionFatigue can be. CF is also known as “secondary-traumatic stress disorder” (STSD). Symptoms being similar to PTSD, both often leading to depression and thoughts of suicide.
A recent study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that animal rescue workers have a suicide rate of 5.3 in 1 million. The highest suicide rate among American workers; a rate shared only by firefighters and police officers. The national suicide average for American workers is 1.5 per 1 million.
While there may be many reasons, certainly the toll of seeing so much abuse, neglect, sadness and suffering plays a major role. Juggling a regular day job with volunteering.. or trying to see the outside world without a 'rescue' lens.. doing your best to keep multiple worlds 'whole'. Further, the work of a rescuer is never done. It is a passion, a primary driver of 'who we are'. The importance of the work touches us deeply.
Because animals cannot speak for themselves, rescuers disregard their own limits to give a voice to those in need.
I am so very excited to work on this initiative and truly hope I can help make a difference. #rescueworkersareheroes