I recently read an article on the Social Work Degree Guide website. It enlightened me to the fact that while Social Workers are tirelessly working to find solutions for their clients in need, they rarely take the time to take care of their own needs. Unfortunately, more often than not it leads to burnout. Please read the article below for more information on some of the symptoms, causes and solutions to Social Worker Burnout.
My daughter recently competed in an oratorical competition titled “How my best brings out the best in others”. As I watched her list out traits she thought influenced others to be their best and listen to her practice her speech, I thought “What is my best”? Am I doing my best to bring out the best, the “talent”, in my family, my friends, even my co-workers? How do my actions influence those I work with?
Over the holidays I volunteered at my daughters’ school. While there I had the pleasure of speaking to one of the teachers. During our conversation we talked about the many things happening in our local schools and here in the county. Out of the various topics we discussed, one hit me very hard. This teacher told me of the growing number of children who are "food insecure." A term I had not heard before. I was aware that our school offered discounted, sometimes free lunches to families who needed help, but was alarmed at the number of children in need in a community that is considered to be thriving.