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!
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.
July 24th, 2019 | Season 2 | 47 mins 7 secs
community, conversation-cafe, conversations-cafe, hope-for-the-day, sip-of-hope, stigma, suicide-prevention, wide-wonder
The Wide Wonder Bus Tour, sponsored by Insight Behavioral Health Centers, made its Chicago stop at Sip of Hope and the Cruze-Harringtons participated in a fireside chat with Carl Evans, Director of Programming for Hope for the Day.
Robyn Cruze & Tim Harrington are the founders of "Wide Wonder", described as "one bus, two parents, two teens, and a dog in a year of service in search of wide wonder". To date, they have traveled over one thousand miles in the quest for breaking stigma and bringing everyday mental health conversations to local communities. Sound familiar?
Robyn and Tim spoke with Carl and dished on what the experience has been like bringing Wide Wonder to a number of communities across the united states, what it’s been like to bring a family along for the ride, and why this mission is so important to them, both in proactive advocacy but also while being in active recovery themselves. You can find more information on their family and the Wide Wonder mission at their website www.widewonder.life .
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, Banyan Treatment Center, and Eating Recovery Center.
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