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Letter from the Director

Dear Friends of SARA,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Today, I found myself thinking about one of my mental health heroes, Fred Rogers. I am a child of the 1970’s, so I grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Fred Rogers was one of the first adults I remember who talked openly and simply about the importance of our emotional lives, the dignity in asking for help, and the power of owning our story. Mental and emotional wellbeing is woven through the fabric of everything we do at SARA. That can look a lot of different ways: from ER visits to prevention training, court accompaniment to counseling sessions. Working to create a world without violence makes us all not only physically healthier, but emotionally healthier as well. We are here for that journey, starting wherever you need us to start.

With kindness,

Renee Branson

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers

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