In the chaotic hustle and bustle of the day to day, we often forget about taking care of ourselves. We may forget to eat lunch, drink water, or take a walk. Helping professionals are even more likely to put their own needs behind those of their clients.
Trauma and violence are often prevalent and many professionals meet trauma through witnessing and listening to stories that carry with them the pain of their client’s experiences (whether present or past). That unchecked transference of trauma may eventually turn into vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and eventually burnout.
It is extremely important for professionals and organizations that work in direct services to create wellness programs that support and encourage staff in mitigating the harm caused by traumatic experiences. This can include carving out safe spaces where individuals may come together and engage in activities that allow them to re-center themselves. In order to build these spaces and movements, we must first be able to de-stigmatize mental health, recognizing that according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 5 people experience some type of mental health illness (i.e. anxiety, depression).
The new version of the self-care movement needs to be implemented as a proactive workplace practice, rather than as an ad hoc response to the challenges experienced by helping professionals.
This is where self-care grants can encourage and support organizations as they begin these culture shifts.
Who is Eligible?
Eligible applicants include:
(1) Individuals working for current member organizations of HILSC
(2) Individuals involved in one of our working groups, including: Access to Services, Asylum, Crime Victims, Detention, Family-Based Think Tank, and ICON.