Did you know that more than 49 million Americans struggles with mental illness; and that more than 1 in 4 adults living with serious mental illnesses, also struggles with substance abuse? [Link: Mental Health In America, 2022]
Your mental health — your psychological, emotional and social well-being — impacts every area of your life. Having positive mental health allows you to effectively deal with the daily stressors of life, communicate well with others, make healthy decisions and live life to its fullest.
Videos: Featuring Dr. Gabor Mate'
Gabor Maté is a Hungarian-Canadian psychologist, physician and best-selling author. He has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma, and in their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, including on autoimmune disease, cancer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addictions, and a wide range of other conditions.
Maté's approach to addiction focuses on the trauma his patients have suffered and looks to address this in their recovery. In his book - In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction - Maté discusses the types of trauma suffered by persons with substance use disorders and how this affects their decision making in later life.
He believes in the connection between mind and body health. He has authored four books exploring topics including ADHD, stress, developmental psychology, and addiction. He is a regular columnist for the Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail.