Inspire – Women of Dartmouth Stories

Mental Health Awareness Stories​

In honor of May Mental Health Awareness Month, Women of Dartmouth INSPIRE is sharing stories from alumnae with the goal to help destigmatize conversations around mental health and wellness. This series is a collaboration across many affiliated and interest groups, graduate programs, classes and the Young Alumni Campaign Advisors (YACA).

Please note, these stories may contain content that is triggering for you. If you find yourself triggered, please reach out to your healthcare team promptly. If you need immediate help please contact 911.

When Your Husband is Bipolar

Heidi Conner ’97a reflects on her experiences as her husband navigates life with Bi-Polar disorder.

Finding a Healthy Balance​

Diksha Gautham D’15 shares her intimate and inspirational story about balancing body image, fitness, and career.

On Purpose: Design and Healing

Mirelle Phillips D’07 turns her work as a photographer into the research and development of immersive healing environments.

Limericks and Reflection​

Alice Merryweather D’21 shares the limericks she wrote while spending time in treatment for an eating disorder.

Understanding the Woman in Front of Me

Victoria Gibbs D’07 discusses her struggles with alcohol, eating disorders and depression and how discovering yoga 10 years ago set her on a path to healing.

Bipolar Acceptance and Fortification​

Audrey Mengyang Marcum D’06 gives thanks to Dartmouth for helping her accept herself and thrive as a person with Bipolar Disorder.


Dartmouth Inspire Rounds Workshop - Wednesday, May 25th 9am PT / 12pm ET​

Write Your Own Story: Post traumatic growth and the power of redemptive story telling
Featured speaker: Mary Cipollone ’02, Founder & Principal of Big Onion Partnerships

In this session, you will engage in telling redemptive stories to reclaim your personal narratives, and make sense of what you have been through. Uncovering opportunities for learning and growth will help you connect with the meaning and purpose that sustain your personal and professional fulfillment.

Program Partners and Supporters

Mental Health Resources

People often don’t get the mental health services they need because they don’t know where to start.
Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health problems. Ask them to connect you with the right mental health services.
If you do not have a health professional who is able to assist you, use these resources to find help for yourself, your friends, your family, or your students.