Resolutions: Care providers also need to attend to their own health, says Hillary Brown

Hillary Brown of the Steady Collective

“North Carolina has the second-fastest rising rates of overdose in the country,” notes Hillary Brown of the Steady Collective, which uses advocacy, education and direct services to reduce the rate of drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases. “This year, we’re trying to help folks feel that they have more resources.

“There is a lot of scarcity in terms of treatment here,” says Brown. “A lot of folks served by the Steady Collective are homeless or precariously housed, don’t have insurance and aren’t covered by Medicaid or Medicare.” And for Brown, having a challenging and sometimes gut-wrenching job can make it hard to find time for self-care.

“Folks who are first responders during this overdose crisis are experiencing a lot of burnout nationwide,” notes Brown. “I have gotten a bunch of acupuncture, and I’ve had some friends make tinctures in the last few months to help me deal with the stress and grief associated with this work.” So in 2019, Brown wants to remember that prioritizing one’s own health is essential to improving the health of the greater community. “If you aren’t well and taken care of, you can’t contribute much to the work.”

SHARE
About Kim Dinan
Kim Dinan is a freelance writer and author of The Yellow Envelope. She lives in WNC with her husband and daughter. Follow me @kimdinan

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.