Combatting Compassion Fatigue: Dr. Finneran on Improving Mental Health Support for First Responders

Enduring The Badge

05-12-2023 • 55 mins

What if you could combat the compassion fatigue that often plagues first responders and service providers? Join me, Jerry Dean Lund, alongside Dr. Finneran, a licensed mental health counselor, as we delve into this critical issue and offer tangible strategies to prevent and recover from it. We shed light on the aftermath of the pandemic, emphasizing the need for self-care and recuperation for those who tirelessly care for others.

Imagine acknowledging the trauma of being a first responder and finding ways to fill your cup to respond better to such situations. This episode addresses these harsh realities, as well as the alarmingly high rates of divorce, suicide, and alcoholism prevalent among first responders. We tie these issues back to unaddressed trauma, urging individuals and cities to invest in mental health resources and break the surrounding stigma. In addition, we welcome Dr. Finneran, a clinical psychologist, who joins us in our discussion on how cities can better support their first responders.

As a first responder, consider balancing the demands of your professional and personal life. We discuss the harsh realities that the pandemic has brought upon us, with a rise in domestic violence, substance abuse, and marital discord. The importance of constructive communication is underscored, with intentional communication and support from partners being vital in maintaining a healthy relationship. So, gear up for a crucial conversation about continuous self-improvement, self-investment, and the significance of mental health support for those dedicated to aiding others.

As a First Responder, you are critical in keeping our communities safe. However, the stress and trauma of the job can take a toll on your mental health and family life.

If you're interested in personal coaching, contact Jerry Lund at 435-476-6382. Let's work together to get you where you want to be to ensure a happy and healthy career.

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