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Our story, our dedication.

I grew up in a community where mental health was brushed aside, a hushed topic among parents and neighbors. Little did I know, the stigma and embarrassment associated with mental illness would surround me even after I left home. When I came to Dartmouth, I realized how debilitating these attitudes can be and how they prevent those in need from seeking treatment. 

While our world's outlook on mental health is highly problematic, financial obstacles also heavily contribute to the global mental health crisis. Over the past two years, I've watched close friends and loved ones struggle to pay for treatment.

The pandemic has also further exacerbated mental health issues, and it's now more than ever one of the most prevalent struggles faced by college students. It's often taboo to discuss mental health in terms of its severe consequences, but this invisible illness is responsible for 8 million deaths a year. I realized that just because this was reality didn't mean it had to stay that way–I wanted to find a way to help. 


So, I came up with the idea of starting a nonprofit. Months later, our mental health fund for Dartmouth students was born. Fort has continued to grow ever since. 

Fort is starting small, but has big goals in mind: to destigmatize mental illnesses and equalize the accessibility of mental health treatment for all. Fort is part of the change, and you can be too by supporting our mission and spreading the word. I'm honored by the support we've already received and hope that Fort can continue to make a difference for years to come.

Eva Yao

Founder of Fort


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