People in helping professions often struggle with secondary trauma (also known as vicarious trauma).  This happens when a person becomes overwhelmed by continuous exposure to other people’s trauma.  Social workers, law enforcement officers, counselors, first responders, and others can be at risk.  Symptoms vary, but can lead to professional burn out, unhealthy coping strategies (like substance abuse) and family or relationship problems.  Help is available and healthy coping strategies can help prevent problems.

Developing a Self-Care Plan