I was given the great opportunity to chat with Megan Kelly, LMHCA, of Mental Status podcast. She was a thoughtfult and engaging host as we had a down-the-rabbit-hole discussion about the burnout for those in health care and mental health care, as well as for those individuals in EMS, ER work, and law enforcement.
We love the work we do, but we may need support when it becomes overwhelming.
Being overwhelmed means different things for different persons at home and/or at work: anger, poor sleep, concentration issues, isolation from family, friends and/or partners, less satisfaction in our work, health issues that include high blood pressures, heart issues, headaches, gut issues, excessive use of substances.
For those of us in our fields, we are seen by the community as the uniforms we wear as we interact with the community. We are more than the uniforms we wear, we're human beings trying to do good for those in trouble or hurting, providing protection. By seeking support and assistance, it doesn't make any of us less competent, less caring, less passionate about our work. The stigma needs to be ground out of existence that seeking assistance makes us weak, FUCK. THAT. NOISE. It takes more strength to realize we need a professional to help untangle the shit that is getting in our way of being our best selves to serve those we want to care for, heal, and protect.
My career is largely about helping the helpers. There's too few of us to meet that demand of our communities. Take care of yourself, find support. Drop me an email and I'll do my best to get you connected to the most appropriate source of support and assistance.
More info about my episode, along with some seriously wonderful and interesting other episodes/guests, if you click the pic.
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