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Continuous Demands, Multiple Disasters, Mounting Stress

How Emergency Responders can Protect against Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and PTSD - Alt Text


Burnout Infographic - Simple steps to help someone suffering from burnout:

  • Take a break - Reconnect with things you enjoy.
  • Make a Change - Try to evolve your role or take some training
  • Self Care - Exercise, healthy food, plenty of sleep


Compassion Fatigue Infographic - Things you can do if you recognize Compassion Fatigue:

  • Take a break
  • Talk about it with a colleague or friend
  • Practice mindfullness and gratitude
  • Create a self care plan
  • Seek experienced help


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Infographic - Additional steps to seeing professional help:

  • Identify and work on your biggest challenges first
  • Practice relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Work with a therapist or doctor on establishing a sleep routine
  • Join a PTSD support group
  • Get support from your social network
  • Request temporary workplace accomodation while you heal

  • This page last reviewed: September 13, 2019