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Project Harmony holds 'compassion fatigue' mental health training

Posted at 3:44 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 16:44:11-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As a way to help those who work with children and their families, Project Harmony held a mental health training event Sunday to remind people that taking care of yourself is just as important as helping others.

It's called compassion fatigue--where people may lose the passion for their job and end up leaving that role and not be able to help children and families in need.

The training session discussed steps to take to help overcome compassion fatigue, why it's important to address and how it can be tough for someone working in those fields to deal with.

"When you're in a helping profession, the first thing you do is put yourself on a back burner and you care about helping everybody else,” said Ree Reimers, a training specialist at Project Harmony. “But if you can really take time to put yourself first no matter how hard it is, you're going to be better off."

One recommended self-care tactic is relaxation breathing which involves slowing down breathing to aid in relaxation.