After a Suicide Attempt: A Guide for Family and Friends assists those affected by a death by suicide to understand and explore their thoughts and feelings.
The ProQOL (Professional Quality of Life) scale is the most commonly-used measure of the negative and positive results of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue.
This Self-Care Assessment Worksheet provides an overview of effective strategies to maintain self-care. After completing the full assessment, choose one item from each area that you will actively work to improve.
When Compassion Hurts: Burnout, Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Trauma in Prenatal and Early Childhood Service Providers explores the signs and symptoms of burnout, vicarious trauma and secondary trauma. While this resource was designed for use with prenatal and early childhood service providers, it offers self-care tools and reflective practices that may be useful to individuals in a caregiving role.
Secondary traumatic stress: A fact sheet for child serving professionals explores secondary traumatic stress or the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the first-hand trauma experiences of another. This resource outlines strategies for preventing and intervening, as well as techniques for developing resiliency.
Supporting practitioners after a client suicide or experience of trauma examines how the suicide of a client can lead to guilt, sadness, depression, demoralization, anger, shock, denial, grief, professional insecurity and changes to work practices and social lives. This brief report identifies that all mental health workers should be prepared and have supports available in the event of a client suicide.
Youth Suicide Prevention at School: A resource for Mental Health Leadership Teams covers key elements to ensuring staff wellness (see the section on attending to staff well-being and self-care).