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Letter from Sue Walther

Dear Friends,

As we head into a new year, I think it’s fair to say that this past one was at times extremely challenging for many of us. We lived through (and are still living through) a dramatic election, painful headlines from around the world, and ugly discourse on social media and elsewhere.

Through it all, I’ve been reminded how important direct human interaction is in building people up. How, amid the world’s noise and turmoil, individuals have the extraordinary power to help and heal each other, when we take the time to be present, kind, and listen.

In this last Newsfeed of 2016, we’re sharing stories of people helping people: in State Correctional Facilities, on long frigid winter nights, in a state hospital, and more. While, the world around us may feel uncertain—and we can’t say what 2017 will bring—let these examples guide us and give us hope.

Among my resolutions for the next 12 months is to always make an extra effort to recognize our shared humanity. Together, we can help each other get through a lot. So join me in saying goodbye to 2016 and peacefully welcoming a new year.


Sue Walther
MHAPA Executive Director

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