ST. ALBANS CITY — Samantha Weber, the emergency services specialist embedded with the St. Albans Police Department, was one of four Vermont residents awarded the Unsung Heroes 2024 Mental Health Advocacy Award this past week.
Given out by Vermont Care Partners, the award acknowledges often unrecognized individuals whose voice or actions have helped people experiencing mental health conditions.
“It means a lot to me and provides some evidence that this program means something to the community,” Weber said.
In the last six months, Northwestern Counseling & Support Services tracked 288 contacts made through the program. Four out of the five contacts were made face-to-face to emphasize meeting people “where they are at”, and more than half of responses made through the program were able to put a clinician on scene in less than 15 minutes.
“With all the things that people are going through, if I can be there, I can make it a little less awful on that day,” Weber said. “I’m just very honored to be able to do that, and to help the people standing in front of me on that call.” Read more…
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