A seed was planted this year and suddenly it bloomed
The compassion project grew out of an interest to solve a problem in our own professional lives. As helpers we often faced the struggle of how to access support without having to go to the trouble of actually finding support. We also noticed that often those who are qualified to support us are coworkers or colleagues in the field.
We are from a variety of professional backgrounds and have experience and expertise in understanding and treating the impact of working on the front line.
If you are a mental health professional: a therapist, social worker or counsellor we understand that you have knowledge about our tools and therapeutic processes. We are interested in learning more about what you do in your work but also we are interested in learning more about how we can support you with the impact of such work.
If you are a front line first responder: police, fire or paramedical personnel, we appreciate that you may not feel comfortable accessing support or that you may feel isolated in your suffering.
If you are a healthcare provider: a nurse , physician, or other allied health personnel we know how difficult your job is. The healthcare system is constantly evolving and changing. The demand for care is higher than ever.
We get it. It can be impossible at times. There are are a ton of costs of caring.
What are we called the compassion project? Well, the name comes from the concept of helping. Helpers are compassionate by nature. They are those who are often kind and caring and thus why they make great helpers. Being a good helper though can put us at risk. There is a double edge sword so to speak when it comes to being compassionate. Often as a cost to caring, helpers experience something termed as “compassion fatigue”. This is closely linked to burnout and but very much related to caring.
The goal of the compassion project is to help helpers deal with the “costs of caring”. To find support with compassion fatigue (or vicarious trauma or burnout) and to allow space for individual compassion to be restored.