Joel Frieders is a husband, father, and son. He helps run The Compounder pharmacy with his family in Aurora, Illinois. He is also co-owner of ELEMY, LLC, a development company, also out of Aurora, specializing in rehabilitation construction projects and restaurants. A second term alderman in the United City of Yorkville, Joel's initial focus as an elected official was getting the roads in his neighborhood completed, but with finished in 2018, Joel's consistent focus has been on talking about suicide since 2017. He also likes tacos, craft beer, and craft beer tacos.
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October 9th, 2019 | Season 3 | 47 mins 27 secs
hope-for-the-day, nspamp, public-policy, season-three, stigma, suicide, suicide-prevention, support-network
Our first guest of Season 3 is Joel Frieders. Joel is a man of many talents, but most of all, he exudes charisma and his passion for suicide prevention burns very bright. We cover Joel’s experience as an Alderman for the United City of Yorkville, IL, as well as his journey to becoming the Public Policy Director for Hope for the Day.
The main focus of our discussion this episode continually circles back to Joel’s main passion project - the National Suicide Prevention & Action Month Proclamation (NSPAMP). After painfully losing multiple friends, loved ones, and mentors to suicide, Joel decided it was time something had to be done to break the silence and the stigma around talking about suicide and the impact it has on our communities. Listen to Joel talk about NSPAMP and then check out facebook.com/NSPAMP for more details! You can also check out more background, related articles, and all his contact info on Joel’s guest page on our website at anthologiesofhope.com/guests/joel-frieders.