September 20-26 has been designated the Week of Appreciation as an opportunity to show support and appreciation to those who work directly with individuals struggling to overcome substance use disorders.
Those being recognized include behavioral health care workers, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, children services workers, emergency department staff, and anyone else who may experience burnout or secondary trauma because of their work with individuals with addictions.
On behalf of the Mental Health and Recovery Board serving Belmont, Harrison, and Monroe Counties, we would like to publicly thank the frontline workers who have worked tirelessly to assist in decreasing opioid overdoses and deaths, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While we are still facing an addiction and overdose epidemic unlike ever before, Ohio has seen a decrease in deaths involving heroin, in large part due to the efforts of these workers.
We encourage you to join us in expressing gratitude and appreciation to those who have dedicated their lives to bringing help and hope to individuals and their families suffering with substance use disorders.
The board would also like to acknowledge Candi Noble-Greathouse, Marketing Director, Ohio Valley Mall; Stacy Austin, restaurant operator, Chick-fil-A (St. Clairsville); and Tony Howard, General Manager, McDonald’s (St. Clairsville); for their generous donations of gift cards as tokens of appreciation to these workers.
Lisa Ward, executive director
Mental Health and Recovery Board