What is Compassion Fatigue?

“When you’re compassionate, you’re not running away from suffering, you’re not feeling overwhelmed by suffering, and you’re not pretending the suffering doesn’t exist. When you are practicing compassion, you can stay present with suffering.”
Sara Shairer

What is Compassion Fatigue?

In the 1980s an America Traumatologist, Charles Figley, recognised that the trauma staff working in a human or animal caring role were witness to cause a specific set of symptoms he called “Compassion Fatigue”.

He said this state was the natural consequence of this type of work and that, once recognised, the symptoms could be addressed and reversed at any point.

Who suffers from Compassion Fatigue?

If your job puts you in the front line of care for humans or animals, you are at risk of experiencing Compassion Fatigue.

What does Compassion Fatigue feel like? 

The most common symptoms of Compassion Fatigue include:

  • Anxiety
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Working harder but accomplishing less
  • Easily frustrated and irritated
  • Losing compassion
  • Experiencing frequent illnesses, aches and pains

Compassion Fatigue passes through several stages. It can affect your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment; leading to burnout, crippling your emotional, mental and physical health.

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of Ambulance staff have been told their work could damage their health


of Hospice staff work longer hours than they’re paid for


of Health workers recognised Compassion Fatigue symptoms in their colleagues

Recent feedback from our
Compassion Fatigue Awareness Training Courses

“I didn’t know what to expect but this course was brilliant. It broke down barriers I had and made me realise that it’s OK not to be OK – it’s how we cope and acknowledge this which is important. It was very intense at times but really good.”

Health worker

“It has been invaluable in recognising the stress we face and how to deal with it. I would like to have further training in Compassion Fatigue.”

Hospice staff

“This training should be the first thing you do when you join the Service, and then do it annually, like the other health and safety stuff.”

Ambulance worker

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