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Anthologies of Hope is a show about journeys taken, battles won, and pain endured. But ultimately, it’s about why we are still here. Join host Rick Osowski season by season as he dives deep into why we’re all still fighting for better tomorrows, and why we believe they exist. New episodes available Wednesdays. Conversations Cafe produced, in partnership, with Hope for the Day.

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Anthologies of Hope is a show about journeys taken, battles won, and pain endured. But ultimately, it’s about why we are still here. Join host Rick Osowski season by season as he dives deep into why we’re all still fighting for better tomorrows, and why we believe they exist. New episodes available Wednesdays. Conversations Cafe produced, in partnership, with Hope for the Day.

    Conversations Cafe: You Are Not Alone

    Conversations Cafe: You Are Not Alone

    This month's episode, titled "You Are Not Alone", features interviews with the following Hope for the Day's Partners - Big Brothers Big Sisters Chicago, Center on Halsted, and Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Chicago (aka DBSA).

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is an affiliate of the oldest, most respected mentoring organization in the United States. They are a mission-driven, performance-based organization that is professionally managed and provides high-quality 1:1 mentoring services to over 2,100 children in Metro Chicago and their families across four counties: Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties in Illinois and Indiana.

    Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.

    The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - Greater Chicago (DBSA-GC) is a self-help organization offering support and education to those with mood disorders, their families, and friends. They are a local chapter of DBSA, which is a national organization with hundreds of affiliates across the US, Canada, and now, Mexico, Brazil, China, and Singapore.

    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 Janssen.

    Join the conversation. We are in this together.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Conversations Cafe: Hope for the Holidays

    Conversations Cafe: Hope for the Holidays

    This month’s episode, titled "Hope for the Holidays", features interviews with Hope For The Day Agents of Impact and Partners in Prevention doing amazing work to start the conversation in their own way, breaking the silence on mental health together as a community through their various talents and passions.

    Our guests this month include:

    -Mike Vinopal, Director of Education for HFTD, sitting down one-on-one with Caleb Jennings, one-half of Kambs Jennings Group - an amazing Partner in Prevention with HFTD.

    -Agent of Impact, Kate Smith, creator of One Woman Hamlet, an extra special one-woman show that aims to "Shake(speare) The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health."

    -Agent of Impact, Stefanie Berecz of the amazing band, The Right Now, talks about how she got involved with Hope For The Day, their performance at last year's Hope Ball, and how the band continues to break the silence together. - And the episode is closed out by an amazing, live two song performance by Stefanie and Chris from The Right Now!

    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 Janssen.

    The live experience of this month's episode who attended at Sip of Hope was generously sponsored by Partners in Prevention, Eating Recovery Center & Insight Behavioral Health Centers, who picked up the tab for guests for the evening. Eating Recovery Center’s mission is to provide the very best care to patients, families and providers of care in the treatment of, and recovery from, eating disorders and related conditions. Insight Behavioral Health Centers offers higher levels of care for children, adolescents, adults and their and families facing serious emotional and behavioral health concerns.

    Join the conversation. We are in this together.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Mental Health Minute with Ryan Stoll

    Mental Health Minute with Ryan Stoll

    My friend, Dr. Ryan Stoll, PhD, joins us this week to bring us the first Mental Health Minute episode - one which we hope to be a series of episodes that will bring you plenty of bite-sized tips and tricks for how you can improve your mental health by bringing you some practical knowledge that would otherwise be sequestered in research and academia.

    As you’ll hear on the episode, Ryan’s background is in Clinical Psychology with a focus on anxiety and depression, as well as Entrepreneurship. You’ll hear throughout the episode how these seemingly two disparate ideas come together so beautifully and all the wonderful things that Ryan is doing with that combination of skills and accreditation.

    We jump into breaking down some tools that you can use for managing, attacking, and working through your anxiety - including concepts like awareness, correction, and cognitive self-control.

    Next up, we re-adjust and see how some of these same tools can be applied to depression, but also what new elements you can add to your toolbox to attack this mental illness that is more inwardly-focused, as compared to the externally-focused symptoms of anxiety.

    If you don’t have the time to re-listen, or undoubtedly take copious notes like I know my lovely and studious wife will end up doing, you can check out the companion blog posts that Ryan has written to accompany the episode. These blog posts are available at anthologiesofhope.com/mhm and are meant to be this very conversation distilled down into what you can take away, be actionable, and potentially even print out to re-read when you are on the verge of increased anxiety or in the depths of a depressive episode.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Jonny Boucher

    Jonny Boucher

    This week's guest is Jonny Boucher, founder and CEO of Hope for the Day. If you’ve been listening all season long, and caught Joel Frieders’s episode to launch the season back in October, you already know the charisma & energy that Jonny brings to any conversation. So I was super excited to capture some of that for all our listeners.

    You will hear just how much music is a part of Jonny’s life, how that has inspired him since his youth, became his passion in young adulthood, and still is a beating part of his heart today. We cover some of the trials and tribulations of both of us growing up through the Columbia House and BMG CD era and the status game of how big your CASELOGIC compact disc cases were.

    We dive into much more than just the elevator pitch of how HFTD started, where Jonny was when he received the news that would pivot his outlook on life and purpose, as well as what he has planned for 2020 both personally and within the HFTD mission. This is one conversation that I had a planned set of questions for, but at the same time, feels like we didn’t talk about them at all, but yet still ended up answering them perfectly. If you know Jonny, you will come to know, that is often how most conversations with him go.

    I hope you enjoy the conversation with Jonny as much as I did and as much as it meant to me to sit across the table from him. If there’s anything else you want to know about Jonny, you can check out Jonny's guest page for more details.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Alexander Hayne

    Alexander Hayne

    Anyone that knows me, knows that I love Magic. That’s not close-up, “pick a card” magic. No, the trading card game that I fell in love with over 20 years ago, Magic: The Gathering has brought me more in life and has helped to build me as a person more than I will ever truly be able to give it credit for. Because of that, anything I can do to highlight & help the game and the Magic community, I jump at the chance.

    So when my worlds collided on World Mental Health Day to see a blog post written by professional Magic player Alexander Hayne, titled “You aren’t alone” and detailing his personal struggles with mental health, I knew my passions coming together was no sheer coincidence. We discuss more about what went into in his blog post, the journey he has been on since a very young age with mental health struggles, how Magic originally benefited his mental health but also at the same time, quick success at the highest levels of Magic organized play led to Magic also being a detriment to his mental health.

    I am truly, truly thankful for Alexander’s honesty, courage, and willingness to have the conversation we get to bring you today, to truly show that we aren’t alone in the ways we struggle each and every day. We specifically didn’t dive into all the details of Alexander’s post on his blog, but if you want to read his amazingly transparent and honest account of the turbulent road he has traveled on his mental health journey, you can check it out at insaynemtg.com/you-arent-alone/.

    Head on over to Alexander's Guest Page for more info and where you can find him online!

    • 58 min
    Conversations Cafe: November to Remember

    Conversations Cafe: November to Remember

    This week's Conversations Cafe, titled November to Remember, features interviews with some of Hope for the Day's Agents of Impact and Partners in Prevention doing amazing work to start the conversation in their own unique ways, breaking the silence on mental health together as a community through their various talents and passions.

    Guests this week include:

    •Leo Fotos: Executive Producer of TRU - A MUSICAL FOR MENTAL HEALTH, which just closed its run at Stage 773 right here in Chicago

    •Kidd Riot: Independent Pro-Wrestler and HFTD Agent of Impact.

    •Meghan Crisp: Occupational Therapist.

    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.

    Join the conversation. We are in this together.

    • 1 hr 18 min

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What I love about the premise of this podcast is that we don’t have to have it all figured out to be able to sit with each other, share our experiences and offer a glimpse at hope and help. The first episode was great and I look forward to the rest of the season!

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