In this excellent article, Natasha Sainsbury addresses the all too common problem of mental health issues among animal activists.
I am actually amazed that mental health issues are not at epidemic levels within the activist community. The horrors, the anxiety, the angst of dealing with the plight of abused and unwanted companion animals and the enslavement and murders of billions of animals trapped in the food system is mind boggling in its scope and mind numbing in its affect.
Animal activists are the most important people on Earth. They give selflessly of themselves to help and protect their fellow creatures. It is essential that they maintain their mental health, and Natasha Sainsbury gives us vital information.
Every year, 1 in 4 people will face a mental health struggle. It can happen to anyone, at any time of life.
Due to the nature of our work, Depression, PTSD, isolation, withdrawl, obsession and burnout are common problems faced by activists when the pressures of working for the cause, become too much of a burden. The light goes out. The images, experiences and knowledge faced in the quest for animal rights, from research to rescuing, expose us to the true horror inflicted on animals by the human race.
The range of emotions felt as an activist are completely normal responses, but there are times, when everything seems impossible, and people find themselves in a dark place. We all have a point when we’ve reached maximum exposure and need to regroup, and this is something we need to take time to do. Not just for the…
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