JFS continues its focus on mental health Becoming Stress Resistant: Recognizing Burnout and Tips to Reduce its Effects

by | Feb 10, 2022 | What’s Happening

Monday, February 21, 10 am–12 pm
Simon Family JCC or via Zoom

Throughout the second half of 2021 and into 2022, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, in partnership with United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, has focused on changing the narrative from ‘mental illness’ to ‘mental wellness’ through a series of workshops and conversations. Joining in the efforts were area synagogues and other Jewish-serving systems. The purpose has been to raise awareness of issues related to mental health and addiction, and to eradicate the shame and stigma that often keeps people from seeking help or treatment.

“When we are talking about issues of mental health and wellness, it is easy to look past our own struggles, especially as we try to help others. What happens, though, is that this stress leaves us depleted and depressed, which is exhausting,” says Kelly Burroughs, JFS’ CEO.

“Stress will always be a part of our lives, but the ways in which it affects us can vary greatly depending on our own awareness and self-care,” says Burroughs. “We often refer to this as burnout, but what we really need to understand is that sometimes these reactions can be secondary trauma responses and mirror the same symptoms as those diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, especially for those in caregiving roles. Combine this with the stress and exhaustion of a global pandemic, and we see increased rates of depression and anxiety.”

JFS will host the workshop to explore symptoms of burnout and stress, as well as help participants learn strategies to become more ‘stress resistant.’

Kelly Burroughs, CEO of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Register by February 16. For more information, or to RSVP, visit www.jfshamptonroads.org or call 757-321-2285.

Tryl Hodges