Exciting Times for the Behavioral Healthcare Workforce in Ashland County
Like most industries, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the recruitment and retention of behavioral healthcare workers. Positions remain open for longer, more people are choosing to retire or leave their industries altogether, and fewer new workers are joining the workforce each year.
Though these changes have presented some obvious challenges, the current workforce situation is an exciting opportunity for growth and innovation within the current behavioral healthcare system.
For many of us, work is a big part of who we are. When you meet someone new, one of the first things they ask about is what you do for work– and for a good reason, it would seem. People spend a significant amount of time at work. After factoring out the amount of time one spends sleeping, work takes up about half of an average person’s life.
At a basic level, work helps to ensure our survival. We earn money that can be used to buy things like food, shelter, necessities, goods, services, and transportation. Meaningful social connections at work can also positively impact one’s mental health, improve quality of life, increase fulfillment, and even extend one’s lifespan.
At its best, work can also provide a sense of purpose in one’s life. A recent study on purposeful work showed that individuals who found a sense of purpose in their work were ten times more likely to experience overall well-being.
Reasons to Work in Behavioral Healthcare in Ashland County
The Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board is proud to partner with three local provider agencies- Appleseed, ACCADA, and Catholic Charities. They offer an array of quality behavioral health services to the residents of the Ashland community. The many dedicated and genuinely caring behavioral healthcare professionals in Ashland make this community someplace truly special to live… and to work.
The “Three Legs of the Stool Philosophy” holds steady at the heart of all the services funded by the Ashland County MHRB. This framework emphasizes trauma-informed, resilience/recovery-oriented care and medication optimization. The Ashland MHRB believes that all individuals and families should have access to safe and trusting relationships, activities that give one’s life a sense of meaning and purpose, health and wellness, stress-reducing practices, and constructive communication skills.
More reasons to consider a career in behavioral healthcare in Ashland:
Working in behavioral health provides a valuable opportunity to serve others, which can be mutually beneficial for both the worker and the individual receiving help. Helping others also develops a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Ashland is a rural community. Those working in behavioral health within Ashland can work closely with community members and other professionals, building meaningful and long-lasting relationships.
People in behavioral health are helpers by nature. They often make wonderful colleagues and supervisors because of the genuine support they provide to their coworkers. They are good people. If you’re looking for an excellent team to be a part of, Ashland County has some of the best around!
Because of the workforce changes that have recently occurred, there are many exciting opportunities for long-term career growth within the system.
Our agencies are managed by leaders who have years of experience serving. These leaders are a wealth of knowledge and information. They are devoted to investing time and energy in their employees’ professional development and the quality of services provided to the community.
You will never run out of things to learn. In behavioral healthcare, there is a strong focus on lifetime learning. It is important to continually have a spirit of learning and a desire to engage in your own personal and professional development when working with people.
Our partner agencies truly care about the well-being of their employees, and their employee benefits are reflective of this.
This is an exciting time in behavioral healthcare due to advances in offering telehealth services. Providers often enjoy more flexibility in their roles as a result.
If you are a person who shares our core values and you want to engage in a meaningful and rewarding helping career here in Ashland, we would encourage you to consider contacting one of our three community partners about job opportunities that may be available.
Contact Our Community Partners
Appleseed Community Mental Health Center
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
For more mental health resources, visit the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County.
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