Brian Owens joined the Joseph House team last month
as the outreach and outpatient coordinator and clinical counselor. He brings to
our organization more than 35 years of leadership experience in the behavioral
healthcare industry, including counseling, nursing, advocacy, administrative
“Mental health affected me in a very personal way,”
recalls Owens. “My older brother, who was battling major depressive disorder,
committed suicide over 30 years ago. He was caring and brilliant, and he was my
best friend. I wanted to understand the cause of his suffering and prevent it
from happening to others. So, I have dedicated my life to serving those who
suffer from addictions and mental health issues in hopes of providing them a
Owens has received numerous honors during his career. Some of those include theAlbert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI Walks Champion, Ohio Hospital Association’s Mental Health Parity Champion, Butler County Mental Health Board’s Ray of Hope Award, The Christ Hospital’s Above and Beyond Award, Customer Service Superstar Award and Dr. Howard Fabing’s Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing.
“I have a passion
to help serve our veterans who have fought for our nation and have sacrificed
Owens has a Master of Arts in community counseling
and a Bachelor of Science in nursing,
both from the University of Cincinnati. He has an RN diploma degree from The
Christ Hospital School of Nursing and Health. He also is a licensed professional clinical counselor
and a registered nurse in the state of Ohio.
“I am excited to join the Joseph House team and am
so impressed with their dedication and service to the mission,” Owens shares.
It’s my goal to increase awareness of our efforts so more veterans can get the
help that they so desperately need.”
And military service hits close to home for
Owens – his dad was a World War II
veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and is a Purple Heart recipient. Additionally,
he has many friends and relatives who have served in our armed forces.
“My dad was from
The Greatest Generation. He rarely spoke about the war, but when he did, he
would get choked up discussing his comrades who died in combat. He wasn’t in
service to serve himself, but to serve our country and others. I try my best to
follow his example.”
is very active in the community, volunteering with various organizations. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and
is married with three grown boys, three dogs and a cat.