February 18 is National Caregivers Day, a time to appreciate the people in our lives who provide care to others who need it most.

The challenges of caregiving have often gone underappreciated. The COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated the challenges of caregiving. National Careigver’s Day serves as a time to recognize the caregiving community and take the opportunity to educate others on the demands and challenges caregivers face. 

At DBSA, we are pleased to have a strong community of caregivers who support one another. Through our Balanced Mind Parent Network , caregivers can find the resources and community they need to support themselves as they care for children, teens, and young adults living with a mood disorder. 

DBSA focused on caregiving during our Leadership Summit  last year, where we learned from Beth Vaccaro, LPC about Caregiver Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

In addition, Vaccaro offered some helpful tips with Three Ways to Avoid Compassion Fatigue.  

We encourage parents and caregivers to practice self-care as we honor all that it takes to fill the shoes of a parent or caregiver. 

For more information, see the following DBSA resources: