It’s Mental Health Awareness Month! Each week we’re focusing on a different aspect of mental wellness. This week’s focus is self-care. As parents and caregivers, we all face stress – stress in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. Caring for a child or youth with complex emotional and behavioral needs brings added tensions to our lives. In order to combat the damages stress can bring about we need to recognize and manage it effectively and insightfully. When left unchecked, accumulated stress goes on to undermine us, disrupt our body’s physiological milieu and can prepare the ground for a multitude chronic diseases and conditions thus making it even harder for us to adequately care for our families. This week we are sharing a video featuring Dr. Gabor Mate. Dr. Mate is a medical doctor who, before his retirement, worked for two decades as a family physician and served for seven years as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital in British Columbia. I first heard Dr. Mate present at a co-occurring disorders conference two years ago and found him to be engaging and profoundly attuned to the importance of empowering youth and families. I believe he’ll provide you with some great fuel for thought.