BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital
EVENT: B.A.A. 10K 2017
EVENT DATE: Jun 25, 2017
As you may know, I work as a Social Worker at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital's Adult Mental Health Unit. I have been here for over a year now and I am proud of the work that my colleagues and I do in providing patient-centered care.
In two weeks, I will be running with my co-workers to raise money for The Ashton Family Foundation. This fund was created by a mental health peer-specialist who has connected with many patients on our inpatient unit, and in our Partial Hospitalization (day) program for many years.
The money you donate will go towards this fund and it will directly benefit the patients I work with. The money will be used to fund our music program, some Occupational therapy supplies (think sensory objects like putty, stress balls), but most importantly it will set aside funds for a peer specialist to continue to work with out patients while getting paid a stipend. I strongly believe that those who are offering and engaging in emotional labor should be compensated for their time.
I have seen the impact of peer specialists on the people I work with. Peer specialists offer their lived expeirences to along their mental health journey. Peer specialists offer hope to those who are living with mental illness. Whether it's dealing with hearing voices, experiencing ambivalence about taking medications, or coming into the mental health system for the first time, everyone deserves to be heard and respected. A peer specialist can lend another hand, another ear, that is so crucial to breaking down the stigma and fear of mental illness.