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Since early 2020, the already considerable stresses of working in health or social care have been greater than at any point in recent history. If you work in one of these fields, you may well be experiencing symptoms of trauma, burnout or compassion fatigue and wondering how you might move forward when you are balanced on the edge.

This book is a 2-part guide to managing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if you are a health or social care professional. It takes a practical but holistic approach, with the intention of helping you develop a sense of self-awareness, a clear idea of your values and – critically – a strong support network.

You will learn effective techniques for self-care, through practices like mindfulness and meditation; you will also come to understand more about the symptoms of trauma, moral injury and burnout – with insights on practising defensively and clear guidance for what the different treatments for PTSD are, and how to seek professional help.

Small enough to keep to hand in a locker or desk drawer, and designed to be read in short pauses in breaks or at the end of a long shift, without being complicated or taxing, this accessible introduction throws a life raft to any medical or social care professional overwhelmed by a challenging and stressful working environment.