Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress and vicarious traumatization, is especially common among health care professionals. Compassion fatigue is defined as the emotional residue or strain that results from working from individuals suffering from trauma. Symptoms may include fatigue, exhaustion, a suppressed immune system, depression and or anxiety. If compassion fatigue isn’t addressed, complete physical exhaustion and chronic illness is more likely to set in.

Lionhearted Kids promotes self-care in the form of Yoga so that healthcare professionals working with children and families experiencing trauma can connect with their own healing process. Yoga has been shown to improve immune function, combat depression and anxiety and promote overall wellbeing. As funding becomes available, Lionhearted Kids aims to implement massage as a regular part of Compassionate Caring Program as well.