Beyond Self-Care to Radical Care

Authors Hi‘ilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart and Tamara Kneese (2020) give us a simple definition of radical care: “solidarity, not charity.” I like this definition because it acknowledges the inherent value of our care. We don’t give our care away to others thoughtlessly or 24/7, and we don’t only extend care to ourselves with conditions or as a last resort before we burn-out. We are always deserving of the care we need, both from ourselves and from others. We have inherent roles and responsibilities to provide care to ourselves and to others, as we are able. Care is precious and renewable and it is a human right.

The intent of this document is to empower us to understand how the different kinds of care we provide to ourselves naturally extends beyond us, as individuals. By exploring opportunities for radical care, such as those offered in this document which are low-to-no cost, we can hopefully support wellness for all parts of ourselves, our families, our community, and even society.

This PDF download is yours to keep and share, in the hopes that this will support ongoing collective wellness and learning amongst our community members. Please note that this document and the suggested activities therein are not substitutes for mental health therapy. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Meegwetch/Thank you!
Julianna Morin (she/her), MSW/RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Sole Proprietor, Good Call Counselling Services

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