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A recent study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals that animal rescue workers have a suicide rate of 5.3 in 1 million workers. This is 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. Read more at http://stories.barkpost.com/compassion-fatigue-animal-workers/
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Steps to Survival
Free Confidential Helpline
Have you seen some of your amazing volunteers get burnt out, or suffer compassion fatigue?
There is a confidential helpline that’s available to all animal activists, shelter workers, and anyone else who’s helping animals.
Whenever someone calls or emails the helpline, they get a compassionate response from a fellow advocate who is trained in nonviolent communication.
Now there’s a convenient way to be listened to, and given great emotional support from an outside person who really “gets it,” and without having to pay any money.
The number to call is 1-800-705-0425. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a page with more info. Along with the Helpline, there are some other free “sustainable activism” resources including a monthly support group that’s open to all activists. www.idausa.org/sustainableactivism
As both a volunteer counselor and a caller who uses the helpline, I want more activists to know of this wonderful freebie that’s available to them!
– Phoenix H.
Seek out a therapist or a support group for further help.