Welcome to our newsletter, Turning Pages, which highlights resources for rural communities facing the opioid crisis.
I’d like to connect with you about staff wellness—a topic that COVID has put in a new light for our team. As I share our experiences, I hope you’ll share ideas and concerns from your community.
We’ve all seen the fatigue and burnout brought on by COVID. Left unchecked, this kind of strain can cause fractures in an organization.
To prevent those cracks from forming, we can remind each other about our shared sense of purpose in our daily work. Our backgrounds and personal beliefs might vary, but we are brought together as a team because we all care deeply about our mission to help our fellow community members. Our collective mission unites and invigorates us at work.
By valuing and counting on each other, we’re pushing back on stress. We’re showing support and camaraderie, and we’re encouraging some down time—making space to recharge. Often, now, that space is online. We’re brightening up our screens with virtual backgrounds, music, and praise for each other’s hard work.
By tending to our wellness, we’re able to provide better care to our community.
We hope the resources in this newsletter lead to conversation, and we’d be grateful if you’d share your thoughts with us!