Message from the President – September 2019

I would like to wish all my SAACDHE colleagues a very happy spring season. It is wonderful to see some colour in our gardens and world again.

Thank you to Megan, Caroline and Ané for the photo

But, as we enter the last frenetic stretch of the year, things can get a little crazy for us! Many students start to feel concerned about failing subjects or they feel overwhelmed and afraid of the coming exams and they flock to our offices for assistance.

On top of that, we are dealing with the fallout of living in a violent society on a daily basis.  As mental health professionals, interns, educators, lecturers, nurses, counsellors, and social science researchers there is often a lot of pressure on us to “fix” a broken society. This is no easy task and it does make us vulnerable to experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary traumatisation.

So, if you see a colleague who is struggling, talk to them and if you are struggling to cope reach out for help.

We should not struggle in silence and we need to take care of ourselves and each other.

Let us support each other, so that we can have a positive impact on our clients!

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