Compassion: Caring for Yourself While You Care for Others

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Brattleboro Savings & Loan

221 Main Street

Brattleboro, VT 05301

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Caring for others is such important work, but it can deplete us if we don't take care of ourselves.

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Our community has devoted a lot of thought and energy to innovative and effective ways to confront problems associated with substance use and help our friends and neighbors heal, but many of us are hurting, discouraged, and tired from the ongoing toll taken. Turning Point wants to help, and we thought September, Recovery Month, would be the perfect time to do it!

9/15 Update: The training venue has been changed to the Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main Street, Brattleboro. Please park offsite, not in the bank's parking area.

We're offering this compassion-fatigue workshop to anyone affected by substances and involved in the work of supporting people who struggle. That includes the professional caregivers engaged in treatment, medical, and recovery work, but it especially includes everyone in our community affected by these problems: parents, children, and family members of people who struggle; employers; store owners; business owners; first responders; our local and state representatives; neighbors; school personnel; passersby on our streets--all of us. The steady drumbeat of stories about overdoses, loss, and criminal activity becomes overwhelming, even in our very compassionate community where so much healing is happening. We feel helpless and stressed. This is compassion fatigue, and there is help.

What are the symptoms? They include: feeling burdened by the suffering of others, blaming others for their suffering, isolating yourself, losing pleasure in life, having difficulty concentrating, insomnia, physical and mental fatigue, bottling up your emotions, feelings of hopelessness or powerlessness, frequent complaining about your work or your life, overeating, excessive use of drugs or alcohol, poor self-care, beginning to receive a lot of complaints about your work or attitude, denial, and more.

Please join this workshop and find out how to recognize the symptoms and take care of yourself. We need you!

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Brattleboro Savings & Loan

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Brattleboro, VT 05301

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