A behavioral neuroscience major from Connecticut College, Hannah is passionate about bridging the gap between the physical reality of mental illness in the brain and society's misconception of mental health. After having nearly lost several loved ones to suicide, she became increasingly frustrated with the lack of conversations about mental health.
In 2016, she hiked 2,189 miles along the Appalachian Trail to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. Along side her hiking partner Danielle, she raised over $10,000 for suicide prevention and started a social media account called “Hiking Miles for Smiles” to incite discussions about mental health and contribute to reducing the stigma that prevents so many people from getting the help they need. Since completing their journey, Hannah and Danielle founded their own nonprofit organization called The Shine Foundation.
Throughout her trek, she realized everyone knows someone who is affected by depression and suicide and everyone has a story to tell. Until Narratives of Hope, no platform existed for individuals to share his or her experience with mental health. Hannah looks forward to growing the Narratives of Hope community that will surely foster healing, growth and eventually change.