Local author and speaker, Linda Sage, is launching her new book ‘Caring for the Caregiver’ on 25th November and she’ll be joined by singer/ songwriter Fuzzy Jones, performing her new single (recently reviewed in North Leeds Life) and other songs.
Presenting an introduction to her book, Linda will talk about how those working in caring professions, which require putting the needs of others before their own, very often neglect their own mental and physical health.
The book seeks to investigate common beliefs and habits related to this issue. All caring professions have a propensity for compassion fatigue and burnout; anyone regularly giving a large part of themselves to others and dealing with trauma, needs to protect themselves. Not just for their own wellbeing, but also for those they care for.
Compassion Fatigue has been around for decades but few people involved in care take steps to combat it. This is not just an issue for those seen to be on the front line – doctors, nurses, dentists, social care, the emergency services etc. Volunteers, home carers, professional support workers, PAs, admin and receptionists all also build up barriers to trauma and sadness as a protection, but suppression is not the solution. In learning to deal with Compassion Fatigue effectively, being able to enhance personal beliefs to become more powerful and positive is a great step forward.
The launch will be between 2 pm and 4 pm on the Saturday with refreshments, tickets are a donation of £ 2.00 when booking via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-caring-for-the-caregiver-tickets-38241961737