First responders in all 50 states using University of Minnesota app to manage compassion fatigue

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First responders in all 50 states are now using an app designed by University of Minnesota researchers to help manage the emotional and physical exhaustion of their work that can lead to personal burnout, reduced feelings of empathy and poorer job performance.The First Responder Toolkit, created by College of Education and Human Development researchers in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health, provides an interactive platform to help emergency physicians, mental health providers, medical technicians, firefighters, police officers, and other professionals whose roles involve significant emotional investments in the management of compassion fatigue. The app was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with help from CEHD’s Educational Technology Innovations team. It is available for free download.“The First Responder Toolkit’s widespread usage demonstrates the pressing need among responders of all types for resources to help manage their personal and professional well-being through multiple forms of self-monitoring and self-care,” said Tai Mendenhall, Ph.D., associate professor of family social science and principal investigator on the research team behind the app. “Generally, people in the ‘helping professions’—mental health providers, biomedical providers, EMTs, etc.—are very good at helping other people. But we are not very …

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