October 16th, 2019 | Season 3 | 1 hr 19 mins
anxiety, depression, family, hope-for-the-day, season-three, self-care, stigma, suicide, suicide-prevention, support-network, workplace
We are joined by Amanda Vitrano this week to discuss the loss of her sister Lauren; how it affected her personally, professionally, and socially; how a chance encounter with Hope for the Day through a workplace Peervention workshop altered her course of advocacy; and finally, what self-care really means and why she is making it her mission to redefine self-care for anyone who needs to hear it and feel it.
Through the loss of her sister, Amanda, felt called to do the work that wasn’t what she wanted to do, but what she needed to do. In this work, she created "The Learn for Lauren Foundation", as well as establishing a scholarship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in her sister’s memory. Amanda covers all the hard work necessary to bring all of that to fruition, as well as what it meant to her and her family to see the community come out and support the cause in her sister’s name.
You can read more about Amanda’s non-profit, The Learn for Lauren Foundation, and all the great work they are doing in the Chicago area at learnforlauren.com, as well as on FB and Instagram at "learnforlauren". Amanda’s guest page at anthologiesofhope.com/guests/amanda-vitrano also has all the contact info, additional links you may need and more of her background as well! Be sure to check that out after listening today!
March 22nd, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 13 mins
comedy, conversation-cafe, conversations-cafe, depression, family, hope-for-the-day, live, sip-of-hope, suicide-prevention, wrestling
"Conversations Cafe: The Hero in You - Positive Mental Health Influences in Pop Culture"
This episode is dedicated to The Hero in You - Positive Mental Health Influences in Pop Culture. This episode unveils a new format for Conversations Cafe where we spotlight our first solo feature guest, comedian Marty DeRosa to talk about the intersections between comedy, pop culture, and mental health as we gear up for C2E2 weekend.
January 23rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 45 mins
anxiety, bonus, conversation-cafe, conversations-cafe, depression, family, hope-for-the-day, live, sip-of-hope, suicide-prevention
Direct from Sip of Hope in Chicago, IL - Conversation Cafe: All In The Family...
We had another fantastic episode of Conversations cafe! We kicked off the event by having Sherri Gross Community Outreach Coordinator of The Road Home Program. Share on being a caretaker and the types of impact that can exasperate among all parties in a household from the perspective of caring and supporting a veteran. Our tremendous panel shared from their experience and background. Vikki Webster founder of the Reginald and Paul Sewell Foundation touched on the impact of losing her brothers to suicide and how that impacted herself and her brothers network of friends that were a form of family, along with touching on her ongoing journey to make peace with her brothers passing. Amanda Vitrano founder of Learn For Lauren approached the topic from the loss of her sister Lauren who died by suicide and shared insights into how her sister’s challenges could be hidden from the family. She also shared how her family and herself have coped and found paths to healing and finding a positive forward path. John Jonak a principal at Westmont JH in DuPage county, and military veteran. He shared lessons learned on confronting silences, stigma, and challenges as a veteran and with the unfortunate loss of his 9 year old daughter Katie, and his family found to find strength and healing. We had another phenomenal round of participation from our engaged audience who asked great questions and provided for further discussion and understanding! What a great night!