KANSAS CITY, MO. – Compassion fatigue usually is related to the well being care career, however individuals who make their residing in agriculture might be affected too.
Compassion fatigue is a set of signs born out of absorbing the trauma and emotional misery of others. It’s considered extra within the context of caring for sick individuals or people who’ve skilled trauma. However compassion fatigue might be skilled by those that are serving to individuals or animals.
Monica Kramer McConkey is aware of all too nicely the impression of power emotional stress on farming households and communities by way of 25 years of expertise in behavioral well being as a counselor, program supervisor and administrator. At present, she is a rural psychological well being specialist in Minnesota contracted by the Minnesota Ag Facilities of Excellence and Farm Bureau Enterprise Administration. She speaks in regards to the impression of psychological well being challenges on farming households and communities by way of her consultancy, Eyes on the Horizon Consulting LLC.
Compassion fatigue, McConkey mentioned, “…is one thing that we’re seeing increasingly of as our farmers and ranchers grow to be confused and are chronically confused. That impression actually trickles down in agriculture to people who are working with our farmers and who’ve relationships serving to our farmers.”
On the NAMI 2020 Animal Welfare and Dealing with Convention, McConkey shared her insights into compassion fatigue and – for those who’re experiencing it – coping methods to assist take care of it.
Subscribe to MEAT+POULTRY podcasts