Ben Strick is the Director of Adult Behavioral Health and has been with Spurwink for about twelve and a half years. When he’s not busy leading the adult program or onsite at the Spurwink Adult Behavioral Health downtown location, he can be found watching Dora the Explorer with his daughter or planting in his garden.
When I’m not volunteering/working at Spurwink, I’m: Playing in the garden, trying to get my toddler daughter to plant rather than dig up or eat the seeds.
Spurwink program that I connect with most deeply: I have had the great fortune of working across most of Spurwink’s programs. Rather than just one program, I connect with is our Vision, Mission, and Values as a whole. This is part of what has kept me at the agency so long. I get to work with wonderful people, and do meaningful work, no matter where I’m working.
Why behavioral health matters to me: Behavioral health addresses the social justice, inequity, and social determinates that interfere with a person or groups ability to live full, purposeful, meaningful and connected lives.
My favorite way to de-stress: Play with my daughter.
Words to live by: I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote lately: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” –Hillel
Most interesting thing I’ve read recently: Lately I’ve been going back and forth between journal articles about medication assisted treatment and cheesy spy novels.
The music I jam to alone in the car is: Lately I’ve been going back and forth between 90’s R&B and old country. This could be why I am driving alone.
Favorite ice cream: Willard Scoops Salt Caramel
Recent Netflix obsession: I only watch children’s television these days—Season 8 of Spirit (it’s about a girl and her horse), or Dora the Explorer. Don’t be jealous.
Sweet or salty?: Both! See favorite ice cream
Mountains or beach? Beach!