Sarah-Ashley Andrews of town’s Strawberry Mansion part misplaced an in depth pal to suicide when she was 25 years previous. That tragedy put her on a life-changing path.
“I wished to have the ability to educate folks and that form of modified the trajectory of my life,” she mentioned. “I used to be going to high school to be a Mass Communication main and now I discovered myself with a grasp’s in counseling.”
She used her diploma to additional a non-profit group referred to as, Dare to Hope. With it, she addresses and encourages conversations about psychological well being with Philadelphia’s inner-city youth. Some residents are within the third grade, others are as much as 25 years previous.
“To interrupt that stigma that is surrounding it as a result of so many individuals do not wish to speak about it. And particularly within the Black neighborhood, it is thrown form of beneath the rug,” she mentioned. “So how can we convey it from beneath the rug to the forefront? Let’s normalize this. Let’s have these unrestricted conversations about our psychological well being as a result of we want it,” she mentioned.
With these taking part in her assemblies and packages, she does all the pieces from educating about psychological wellness, wholesome diets, life expertise, battle decision, anger administration, has COVID-safe zoom discussions, and runs volunteer occasions like feeding the homeless and random acts of kindness.
“I would like that to be the place they know they really feel secure at as a result of plenty of these youngsters want a secure area. They simply want a secure area to be themselves and to develop in and see who they’ll turn out to be,” she mentioned.
She says they’ve helped and related with properly over 5,000 youth for the reason that begin of the group in 2013.
“We will not assist what we undergo proper? We will not assist what we’re uncovered to, however we will help what we converse life to, and what we converse and the way we get assist how we modify the scenario?” she mentioned. “I am dwelling my life on function. I needed to undergo what I needed to undergo to get to right here in order that we will help as many individuals as we are able to.”
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