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Shining a Light on Mental Darkness

A wellness program sponsored by the Melson Society on behalf of Ingram Library.

Melson Society Fall Program

Shining a LIGHT on Mental DARKNESS

Ever feel like life is more than you can handle? Or feel so alone? Or that no one really understands you? No matter how hard it may seem when DARK moments take over your life, LIGHT is always around the corner. It may not be immediate, but with time LIGHT will appear and those dark moments will begin to fade away.


As noted by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 university students are affected by depression and anxiety. Sara Lowery was one of those students. In this personal keynote, Sara shares her story in hopes that students can learn how to reach out for support during those dark times and search for the light. Students will learn their intrinsic value and strategies to fighting through the feeling of disappointment, fear, and yes even loneliness. Sara will challenge students to really look around to not only find someone whom they can lean on, but also who might need help finding their mental light.


Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to be more comfortable reaching out for support

  • how to take personal responsibility by taking actions to improve their health, and the health of others

  • the skills needed to accessing and utilizing healthcare resources on campus and in the community

  • how to increase self-awareness, confidence and communication skills


A Wellness Program sponsored by the Melson Society on Behalf of Ingram Library
September 29, 2021
5:30 p.m. - CampusCenter 108.4
(refreshments served at 5:00 p.m. )

Speaker - Sara Lowery

                                                        Speaker Sara Lowery

About the Speaker

Sara Lowery is a professional speaker and Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership & Learning at the University of Delaware. She speaks to audiences about authentic leadership, staying mentally healthy, and promoting real love is SELF LOVE. As a speaker, she is doing the two things she loves the most: encouraging audiences to think critically about their leadership journeys and inspiring people to be their best even if they think their walk is a mess! She has shared her messages with many colleges and institutions nationwide.


As a campus-based professional for over 15 years she works to develop student leaders in supporting them navigate through their collegiate experience(s) as well as professionals in inspiring them to continue to think about crafting up-to-date WHYs, how to reach their goals, and learning how to celebrate the results which all make and encourage stronger leaders. She enjoys every opportunity which she has to interact with, teach, and learn from students.


She has received many awards and accolades but that is not the most important thing that she wants you to know. She wants her audiences to know that she has a sense of urgency to see students be the absolute best version of themselves. Mentoring has a special place in Sara’s heart because she admits daily that if there was no one to help support and show her a better way, she would have been on a much longer road of discovering her true self as discovering true success.


Along with working in higher education she also works for her personal company and brand EMPOWERING U, which was created to be in different venues to work with young girls and younger adult women in motivating themselves to be motivating and inspiring to themselves even in the dark moments.


Originally from everywhere but nowhere, this military brat currently resides in Salisbury, Maryland, identifying a combination of Maryland, North Carolina, and Philadelphia as home. Sara received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Salisbury University and her Masters of Education degree from Texas Tech University.