EP 105: Compassion Fatigue & Sharing The Emotional Load

In this heartfelt conversation, educator and researcher Mariel Lombard, PhD candidate at Western Sydney University joins Meg Durham to share a profoundly personal journey that every educator can relate to.

With unwavering honesty, Mariel reveals her own battles with compassion fatigue and PTSD, drawing a raw and authentic connection between her experiences and the widespread challenges faced by educators. Mariel’s research, illuminating a glaring gap in our understanding, underscores the urgent need for change within the education sector.

Through Mariel’s words, we glimpse the power of community, self-care, and dialogue in healing, making this episode an indispensable resource for you as you seek to nurture a healthier, more compassionate educational environment.

Press play to join the conversation that could reshape the way we care for those of us who dedicate our lives to shaping the future.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ What is Compassion Fatigue

▫️ The subtle and obvious signs of Compassion Fatigue.

▫️ Why more training in this area is vital

▫️ And so much more.

You can quote us on that…

“Early signs of compassion fatigue include exhaustion, trouble separating personal and professional life, sleep disturbances, and reduced empathy.”

Mariel Lombard

“We’re wanting to be there for our students, but that puts us at risk of individualising some of that responsibility.”

Mariel Lombard

“Compassion fatigue is an emerging psychosocial risk in education.”

Mariel Lombard


Mariel Lombard – LinkedIn

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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