Dec. 21, 2012 OHA Director's messages on the web
To: All OHA employees
From: Bruce Goldberg, M.D., Director

Brighter days to follow

"Tomorrow is the solstice, the shortest day of the year. From Friday on, every day will be a little longer, a little brighter. Today, this week, this season, I celebrate you for being part of a team that believes our efforts can make a difference — that light follows darkness. That tomorrow will be better because of our efforts." ~Bryan Johnston, former DHS director, in a message to staff Dec. 21, 2007

As the solstice is upon us, I think about that quote from Bryan Johnston.

This week, in the wake of the tragic shootings in Connecticut, seems particularly dark and raw. Too many people in our communities continue to struggle for a way out of mental illness. And there are too few places for people and families to turn to for help. Too many face health problems and disabilities that we can prevent. This challenges our collective compassion and humanity, and hopefully impels us to action.

But light does follow darkness and I do believe that tomorrow will be better. The coming light will illuminate a path and renew and revitalize our efforts to address these issues. Our families and communities will be better because of the work we do and the efforts we all make every day to improve the lives of people in our state.

With the holidays upon us, let me take this opportunity to thank you for all you do to help us meet our mission and extend wishes for a wonderful new year to come.

Until next year, all the best.

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