Did you know that the United States estimates that 300-400 physicians commit suicide each year?
As we work with those in recovery from all kinds of trauma, we witness firsthand the effects of trauma on their caregivers, particularly their doctors, nurses and therapists. Many of these caregivers, and those who are training to be caregivers, do not have the tools to recognize when they are depressed, emotionally exhausted, or burnout. These are all signs of vicarious trauma.
“Caring for the Caregivers” is a program designed to create internal awareness, to develop a witness mindset, so that we may begin to find appropriate ways to recharge our own batteries and care for ourselves appropriately. We create a safe environment for self-care and the exploration of burnout. Participants include physicians, nurses, medical students, all of which begin to reap the benefits of a regular practice including better sleep, reduced stress, anxiety, and irritability, and improved mood, energy levels, and overall sense of well-being.