Jan 26, 2020
After experiencing some burnout and my first needle-stick injury, I am back on track and ready to share what I have learned. Harm Reduction and other frontline workers of the opioid crisis are a section of first responders that are often forgotten about. Harm Reduction Workers, Overdose Response Workers, and Community Mental Health Workers are underpaid and overworked because there is a lack of support and funding that other essential services are otherwise afforded. Just how paramedics used to be misfit first responders, cast aside as mere "ambulance drivers", frontline overdose prevention and mental health workers are not yet recognized for their effectiveness in our society.
In this episode I talk about what some of the busier days have been like in a Safe Injection Site, some of the skills and expertise Harm Reduction Workers have, and some improvements that would make them more effective if given more resources. I share how I recognized that I was having signs of burnout and how an injury at work caused me to re-evaluate how I monitor my balance between work and self care. My goal is to remind listeners that its easy to neglect your own wellbeing when stress builds up, how important it is to maintain strong support structures, and what signs you can look for to self monitor for compassion fatigue or "burnout". Practice mindfulness and reaching out to friends/family for help monitoring your mental health continuum. Aside from practicing what I've learned to overcome these struggles, exercising with maintaining good nutrition and sleep habits has helped me bounce back faster than I would ever have thought possible.
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This podcast is uncensored and covers many topics considered “taboo” or difficult for some individuals. We do not condone any illegal activities, as this is a platform for harm reduction and open-dialogue. Although the ideas are mostly evidence-based and honest, the lines of reality and comedy may be blurred at times...this is your trigger warning!