Mental Health: Empathy & Compassion Fatigue

Hey everyone, we’re raising awareness about mental health this month. CMHA has featured empathy in their mental health week campaign this year – and empathy is very important in communication and in relationships!

However, and as CMHA highlights here in “Empathy and Compassion Fatigue” by Allison Dunning (Peer Support Canada), it’s important to know about and be aware of the “downfall” of empathy: compassion fatigue.

Compassion fatigue happens when we spend so much of our human energy trying to listen, understand and support others that we become exhausted ourselves.  We can spend so much time thinking about other peoples’ experiences, needs and well-being, that we can forget to think about our own.

“Empathy and Compassion Fatigue” by Allison Dunning (Peer Support Canada)

Self-care and guarding against compassion fatigue are important parts of being in a caring profession. There are many resources available online as well as lots of posts on our website with information, resources, and strategies to help with compassion fatigue.

You can also check out suggestions to guard against compassion fatigue while still engaging in empathy in the original article on the CMHA website here, or their further suggested reading on strategies here.

Mental Health: Empathy & Practice

Hey everyone, we’re raising awareness about mental health this month and today we’re asking you to consider practicing empathy!

Did you know that empathy is like a skill? It’s something you can learn, and something you can get better with at with practice.

CMHA has featured empathy in their mental health week campaign this year – and you can check out 5 ways to incorporate and practice empathy in your life here! Why not pick one and give it a go?

Mental health: Listening & Relationships

Hey everyone, we’re raising awareness about mental health this month and today we’re asking you to consider the art of listening!

Do the people you listen to feel understood? Does the way you listen enhance and enrich your relationships?

Listening is the communication skill that links up with EMPATHY – which is what CMHA has featured in their mental health week campaign this year – and communication is at the heart of relationships. If you’re interested in developing quality relationships in your life, or want to enhance the quality of the relationships you have, check out the art of listening (and get some great pointers!) here.

Mental health: Empathy & listening

Hey everyone, we’re raising awareness about mental health this month and today we’re asking you to consider how you listen!

Do you listen to others to understand, or do you listen to others to judge? Check out the difference here!

Listening is the communication skill that links up with EMPATHY – which is what CMHA has featured in their mental health week campaign this year. The great news is that they’ve also published an article with a checklist that goes through steps to effective listening! Check it out here and brush up on your listening skills.

Emergency Preparedness: Distress vs De-stress!

Hey everyone, we’ve been posting emergency planning information and resources for Emergency Preparedness Week, and we want to take time to talk stress.

Emergencies can be stressful to think about. Planning for emergencies might seem like a big chore, or it might seem like it’s an impossible job to be ready for anything, or it might make you feel scared or sad.

It’s important to know that having a plan is one of the best emergency response strategies you can have: it will help you stay calm if you’re ever faced with a real emergency. So, while emergency planning might seem like a challenge, it’s definitely worthwhile!

Here’s some videos to help lighten things up and simplify some key concepts (and a website to got with them!).

GRAB AND GO BAG:

EMERGENCY KIT:

GRAB AND GO BAG vs. EMERGENCY KIT (What’s the difference?)

CMHA Mental Health Week

Hey everyone, we’re taking some time during our emergency preparedness week to talk about mental health.

It’s the Canadian Mental Health Association’s annual Mental Health Week this week — and here are some key strategies you can put to use right away!

  • Listen hard when someone wants to talk.
  • Don’t jump in or judge.
  • Before you weigh in, tune in. 

Start here with The Power of Empathy.

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