“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” Pema Chödrön
What about mental health professionals who are in the ‘dual position’ of being both helper and having received help?
The In2gr8mentalhealth website was designed and launched by clinical psychologist Dr. Natalie Kemp in October 2017. It aims to:
“… destigmatise the experience of mental ill health in mental health professionals, through public talks and developing peer group support where needed.
The web forum … provides a space for members to explore their personal and professional identity, and consider the systems they work in.”
You can find out more from here.
“Mental health professionals like me suffer from a serious condition: most of us have never experienced the kind of agony and trauma we have just heard about.” On Not Having Had The Experience, Dr. Peter Stastny.