Hannah Jennings is a high school senior from Spirit Lake, Iowa. Even though she's still in high school, Hannah works for a marketing company, a creative co-op, and an independent clothing line all within the area. She also took our leadership quiz and is a heart leader!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?
I love photography, art, writing, being outdoors, and helping people!
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.
My idea comes along with all the negativity that surrounds us in the world. I have always wanted to break out facts about mental illnesses, bullying, and everyday problems for women of all ages. My page focuses almost-completely on the works of kindness and positivity, as well as educating the uneducated brain on what exactly happens when someone is dealing with mental illnesses, or the science and facts behind the diseases.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?
I had done a writing on my website that went almost-viral, which inspired me to create a Facebook page completely based on being kind. I also have a website where I post my personal writings.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in January of 2015. I had struggled with these mental illnesses for three years before I got proper help. I am now in remission with these illnesses. I also was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in August of 2016 after 11 years of struggling undiagnosed, and without proper help, all the way through my grade-school years.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?
I have gotten to help so many beautiful ladies with many different situations that they’ve been dealing with. I have also gotten attention from newspapers about my path and journey to and through overcoming these problems, as well as so much support behind me with my new adventure with my own personal campaign on Facebook.
WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?
I would love more attention on it. I think it’d be awesome if I could go around to schools and speak about the necessity for kindness and positivity, but also share facts on bullying and mental illnesses.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?
Just go for it. Brainstorm, start it up, find support, and hit the ground running. I, personally, will always support anyone, so they’d have at least one person in their corner at all times.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
“Be who you needed when you were younger.”
If you know a girl with a story like Hannah's, nominate her to be our next featured Idea Girl!