Hannah Vance – Miss Orange County

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Platform: See the Able, Not the Label: Mental Health Awareness
Mission Statement: “Dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and supporting families affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy.”

Hannah was born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida, moving to Orlando 5 years ago to continue her studies. She is a first generation college student and will be soon graduating with her degree in Integrative General Studies & minor in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida.

At the end of freshman year, Hannah found out that she had failed out of her classes and was at the risk of being unable to continue her degree at UCF. She had been on-edge, distant, not sleeping, impulsive, and overactive, all of which were generally unlike her. It was at this point that she recognized this and that she needed to reach out for support.

4 years later, Hannah works everyday to manage her predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD and a generalized anxiety disorder. After her late diagnosis, she realized how little mental health was talked about and the growing stigma surrounding the discussion. Now, she has made it her mission to spearhead those conversations with the hope to de-stigmatize mental health, and help to educate, support and advocate for those struggling with mental health disorders.

Hannah has worked with several organizations both in Orange County & the state of Florida such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Orlando and the Mental Health Association of Central Florida (MHACF). Funds raised by both programs get circulated through the community to fund free mental health resources for anyone who needs them, support groups, and programs for teens & young adults.