Australia’s 15,000+ wildlife volunteers work hard, under intense conditions. The Wildlife Heroes: Caring for Carers Podcast aims to start a mental health conversation to support our volunteers to look after themselves and each other.
The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW) teamed up with podcast producer Gretchen Miller, wildlife carers and mental health experts to share stories and perspectives about climate worry, personal wellbeing, community conflict, catastrophic events, and supporting others.
Each single animal we rescue takes hours, days, weeks and months of care. But the big picture remains grim. How can we take care of ourselves as climate warriors and climate worriers?
We speak with:
Dr Ros Irwin, a veteran carer and President of Friends of the Koala from Lismore in NSW.
Sally Gillespie, a former psychotherapist who presents talks and workshops on climate psychology and eco-psychology.
Two Green Threads – advice and mental health support for wildlife carers.
Please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 if this conversation has brought up strong feelings and you are having trouble coping.