Everyone has a story.
How they got here.
Who they met along the way.
The choices they made.
The dreams they are chasing.
These are just some of the topics we’ll cover in Anthologies Of Hope, a new podcast on journeys taken, battles won, and pain endured. But ultimately, why we are still here. We'll dive deep into why we’re all still fighting for our better tomorrows and why we believe they exist.
It is our profound belief at Anthologies of Hope that talking about the hard things in life makes them more bearable and more manageable. Some of the most difficult situations we find ourselves in, as people, are mental health-related and current or recurring mental health issues, but feel we cannot talk about them due to fear, shame, or stigma.
This podcast will serve as a story-telling vehicle for our friends who found themselves in similar situations, but feel compelled to share their story to help others in a similar time of need or crisis.
July 3rd, 2019 | Season 2 | 51 mins 5 secs
community, conversations-cafe, dark-matter-coffee, hope-for-the-day, live, sip-of-hope, suicide, suicide-prevention
This week wraps up our multi-part series celebrating Sip of Hope's first birthday! Celebrating on May 1st, 2019, we recorded founders, staff, friends, and family of Hope for the Day and Sip of Hope, capturing how the first-of-a-kind coffee shop - with all of its profits directly benefiting proactive suicide prevention - came to be, as well as what makes it tick on a daily basis.
Mike Vinopal, from Hope for the Day, joins us again as we bring you interviews with the awesome Sip of Hope baristas. Our interviews cover everything from what brought them to Sip of Hope, what they learned in the past year working at Sip of Hope, memorable experiences with shop patrons and community members, as well as how Hope For The Day's proactive suicide prevention (or "peervention") strategy has benefited their lives on a daily basis.
After listening to all the wonderful answers from the Sip of Hope barista family, you can see why the coffee shop has thrived in its first year and why the Logan Square community has embraced it wholeheartedly. Here's to the first year and many more!!!
June 30th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 10 mins
conversations-cafe, gender, gender-identity, hope-for-the-day, lgbtq, pride, sip-of-hope, suicide
Conversations Cafe: Living OUT Loud - Celebrating the Power and History of PRIDE
June's episode is in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Dedicated to celebrating the power and history of PRIDE, we will be using pieces of art to start these important conversations about the origins of PRIDE, mental health and the intersection of gender, identity, and orientation, and how to advocate and be an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
Our excellent guest panelists joining us this week are Dr. Ashley Molin, Gracie Fischer, and Krystal Baisden.
Dr Ashely Molin is licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Director of Behavioral Health at Center on Halstead, the midwest’s largest & most comprehensive LGTBQ+ community center. Gracie Fischer is a student at the University of Illinois Chicago and a HFTD surrogate and member of the HFTD education team. Krystal Baisden joins us from the Be Super Initiative, a movement calling for everyone to be the hero that is already inside them by using comic books and superheroes to address social justice issues.
Special thanks to Partners in Prevention, Busy Beaver Button Co. who gave participants the opportunity to take part in a special art engagement, creating their own buttons to celebrate the stigmatized parts of our own individual identities be it gay, trans, non-binary, immigrant, or suicide survivor.
Join the conversation. We are in this together.
The Conversations Cafe is a monthly live podcast recording at Sip of Hope Coffee Bar featuring education and open forum dialogue on the intersections of Mental Health within our communities. This education programming is brought to you by Hope For The Day with support from our partners in prevention, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of Illinois and Banyan Treatment Center.
June 12th, 2019 | Season 2 | 47 mins 2 secs
community, conversations-cafe, dark-matter-coffee, hope-for-the-day, live, sip-of-hope, suicide, suicide-prevention
This week kicks off our multi-part series celebrating Sip of Hope's first birthday! Celebrating on May 1st, 2019, we recorded founders, staff, friends, and family of Hope for the Day and Sip of Hope, capturing how the first-of-a-kind coffee shop - with all of its profits directly benefiting proactive suicide prevention - came to be, as well as what makes it tick on a daily basis. This episode brings you a handful of awesome long-form interviews with Jonny Boucher, Founder and CEO of Hope for the Day; Kyle Hodges, Minister of Propaganda for Dark Matter Coffee; Luis Arroyo, Cook County Commissioner; and Brian Kmiecik, General Manager of Sip of Hope. Mike Vinopal of Hope for the Day joins us to bring you this week's interviews!
Background music for this week's interviews comes from Soundstripe artist, Shane Becker, with the songs titled "Harmonics" and "Cloud Ninety 9".
May 29th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 23 mins
3run2, conversations-cafe, dark-matter-coffee, hope-for-the-day, live, partners-in-prevention, sip-of-hope, suicide
Conversations Cafe: Partners in Prevention - A community movement in Proactive Prevention
The Conversations Cafe is a monthly event at Sip of Hope Coffee Bar featuring education and open forum dialogue on the intersections of Mental Health within our communities. This education event is brought to you by Hope For The Day with support from our partners in prevention, Banyan Treatment Center, Dark Matter Coffee, and Three Run Two.
This episode is dedicated to "Partners in Prevention", the forward-thinking businesses that help to support the HFTD mission and amplify the message that IT'S OK NOT TO BE OK®️ featuring podcast interviews with representatives from Three Run Two, Sip of Hope Coffee Bar, Dark Matter Coffee, and HFTD's founder and CEO, Jonny Boucher.
Stay tuned after the episode for the full version of the song used in this episode's interludes - Sleep On It's "Everything All At Once"!
May 22nd, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 23 mins
adulthood, anxiety, community, heart-camp, season-two, travel
Similar to the end of Season 1, our interview this week with Jennifer May is another case of saving the best for last. There’s much of the conversation this week that wraps up many different threads across both seasons of Anthologies of Hope - intricacies of diagnosis with mental health conditions, following along with and feeling like you’re failing at the “checklist of life”, where friends and community play a major part in recovery of both of those, as well as how these will all permeate into everyday life.
We talk about her growth with and through pretty severe anxiety and how she handles that on a regular basis. We dive into a pretty spectacular transformation from a self-ascribed “girl who was afraid of everything” to someone who has challenged herself to being on a plane at least once a month and exploring everything she can!
May 8th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 7 mins
depression, heart-camp, season-two, support-network, transition, workplace
Sarah Colbert joins us this week and discusses her trip to Heart Camp in detail, but more importantly, the journey up to that point that led her make the decision to attend.
Throughout our conversation, we cover a topic that hasn't been touched on much throughout any of our Anthologies of Hope episodes so far - the aspect of mental health and the professional workplace. We have a pretty frank conversation about what it’s like to work in an environment that is detrimental to your mental health, how big of a difference it makes to work in an environment that benefits your mental health, and using all the tools at your disposal to be able to make that change for the better.
My conversation with Sarah is one that hopefully brings light to the fact that returning to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
May 1st, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 28 mins
abuse, agency, assault, consent, conversations-cafe, denim-day, hope-for-the-day, live, sexual-assault, sip-of-hope, suicide
This was a very special Conversations Cafe event dedicated to Abuse, Consent, & Agency - in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
In this episode, emceed by Carl Evans, Director of Programming for Hope for the Day, we combine past formats for Conversations Cafe where we feature education segments to raise the visibility of resources from community partners, including YWCA of Chicago and Porchlight Counseling Services, interspersed with performance pieces from talented members of our local community, to talk about the intersections between abuse in all of its forms, sexual assault, mental health, and self-expression.
In between the excellent education pieces and audience discussion, our live performances include some powerful spoken word poetry from Natalie Dykema. Wrapping up the night, we close it out with a powerful performance from Alex Subak, founder of the Be Victorious Project. After you hear the performance, you will definitely want to check out victoriousproject.org for more information on their mission to provide resources and support to people who have experienced or are experiencing intimate partner violence and their loved ones.
As always, you can find future Conversations Cafe events at PEERvention.org, Hope for the Day or Sip of Hope’s Facebook pages, or just check in to Sip of Hope on the third Wednesday of every month!
April 24th, 2019 | Season 2 | 25 mins 55 secs
books, mental health, movies, podcasts, self-care, stand-up comedy, tv
This week's episode is all about the mental health boom and the language of mental health making its way into all sorts of the media that we consume regularly and for self-care. Rick dives deep into movies, television shows, stand-up comedy, podcasts, books, and Ennegram resources that have been discussed on Anthologies of Hope so far, detailing the background of what they mean to him or the individual guests from each episode. We hope that some of these resources are helpful for you to laugh, learn, escape, and thrive; as well as also look forward to hearing some of your favorites of each type. So don't be shy - hit us up on any of our social media or email and let us know what your favorite mental health-related movies, television shows, stand-up comedy sets, podcasts, and books are!
April 17th, 2019 | Season 2 | 57 mins 6 secs
anxiety, counselor, depression, enneagram, heart-camp, mental health, season-two, therapy
Catching up with Emily Allison this week, we dig into her change in living situation and career path since Heart Camp Los Angeles in early May 2017. You will also hear of the great work she is now a part of in her new service-oriented career path, how that contrasts with her Enneagram personality type, and some of the great self care work that she does to maintain her resiliency day in and day out. We also walk through the early part of Emily's story, detailing her experience with depression & anxiety, how she knew she was dealing with more than just "everyday life", and how she went about finding help to get to the bottom of it all.
April 10th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 24 mins
enneagram, heart-camp, mental health, season-two, self-care, suicide, tattoos, therapy
This week's guest is… me, Rick Osowski. It’s always weird to figure out what is your "elevator pitch". Similarly, it’s always difficult to get all of your story out there within a few minutes when someone asks “what brought you to the mental health movement?”.
Instead of overlaying my story on top of our guests' each week, I was saving it for when we’d eventually get to my turn. We cover my experience with the effects of suicide at an early age, as a young adult, and late 20s, along with walking through a number of the factors that made me into the Enneagram 2 that I am today.
I'd want to thank my wonderful wife Amanda for fulfilling the role of interviewer on this episode and bringing some great questions of her own to this role-reversed conversation.
April 3rd, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 15 mins
anxiety, crohns, depression, ibd, infertility, intensive outpatient program, iop, ivf, mental health, self-care, suicide
The conversations continue this week with Amanda Osowski, not only another member of the Heart Camp family, but a member of my actual family... my wonderful wife. We cover all of Amanda's mental health journey to date - including the impacts of death at an early age, the impacts of suicide when not much older, the benefits of an intensive outpatient program when therapy or counseling are not enough, as well as our more recent infertility struggles and IVF journey. It was very surprising to both of us when we discovered a similar stigma and silence around IVF, as we had experienced around mental health. Amanda explains why she took it as a personal mission to help to break that stigma, silence, and shame around an everyday medical condition and journey that will soon bring us our daughter in a few short weeks.
March 27th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 6 mins
depression, heart-camp, intensive outpatient program, iop, mental health, season-two, suicide
Jumping back into our traditional interview format, Kim joins us this week and her story is arguably the most powerful story we have been empowered to share on Anthologies of Hope so far. Through Kim’s tumultuous mental health journey, we see a robust toolbox that Kim has developed over the course of that journey - from a “fake it until you make it” game face, to therapy & counseling, to the use of more integrative mental health practices like an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Her story is a powerful one and a constant reminder that it is completely ok not to be okay, as well as the fact that being in crisis does not mean you are broken. I will be forever grateful that Kim chose to share her story with us and you, our listeners.