Animal rescue workers have the highest suicide rate among American workers


Compassion fatigue is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also known as “secondary-traumatic stress disorder” (STSD).

At 5.3 cases per 1 million, people involved in animal rescue have the highest suicide rate amongst all American workers. It is the same rate as police officers and firefighters (American Journal of Preventative Medicine). The average suicide rate for American workers is 1.5 per 1 million.

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