May 1st, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 28 mins
abuse, agency, assault, consent, conversation-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!
March 22nd, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 13 mins
comedy, conversation-cafe, depression, family, hope-for-the-day, live, sip-of-hope, suicide, 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, depression, family, hope-for-the-day, live, sip-of-hope, suicide
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!