Helpline Offers Support for Burned Out Animal Activists
A new toll free helpline has launched to offer support and advice to animal rights advocates who are struggling with compassion fatigue.
“Studies have shown that, in time, forty to fifty percent of all activists will stop their life saving activities due to symptoms of extreme fatigue,” explains the In Defense of Animals (IDA) website, which started the helpline. “Our Animal Activist Helpline is there to provide resources and guidance to activists suffering from burnout because we realize that when activists suffer, the animals who need them suffer as well.”
The major cause of that burnout, according to research is a feeling of loneliness, frustration of changes occurring too slowly or not at all, and facing resistance from others on the issues they care about.
The helpline was funded by IDA donors and it is the first of its kind. It has trained counselors available for free via phone or email to offer advice and an understanding ear for those activists that are feeling burned out in the United States and Canada.
“Our belief is that every single activist is needed in the fight to realize a world in which animals are finally liberated from exploitation and abuse,” reads the IDA website. “Thanks to our caring and kind-hearted supporters, help and healing are now just a phone call away.”
The helpline has been available for two weeks and according to IDA, it has received “astonishing” praise and support.
Activists in need can reach the helpline at 1 (800) 705-0425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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