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Fresh Hope for Mental Health is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries, www.FreshHope.us. The purpose of Fresh Hope for Mental Health is to empower those with a mental health diagnosis to live a faith-filled and rich life in spite of having a mental health challenge. The program is hosted by Pastor Brad Hoefs, the founder of Fresh Hope. He is also the author of, "Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis" www.FreshHopeBook.com

The program consists of insights for how to live well in spite of having a mental illness as well as interviews with those who have a diagnosis sharing their journey and insights to living well. Fresh Hope offers local Christian mental health recovery groups through out the United States.

For more information go to: www.FreshHope.us or email: info@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs

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Fresh Hope for Mental Health is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries, www.FreshHope.us. The purpose of Fresh Hope for Mental Health is to empower those with a mental health diagnosis to live a faith-filled and rich life in spite of having a mental health challenge. The program is hosted by Pastor Brad Hoefs, the founder of Fresh Hope. He is also the author of, "Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis" www.FreshHopeBook.com

The program consists of insights for how to live well in spite of having a mental illness as well as interviews with those who have a diagnosis sharing their journey and insights to living well. Fresh Hope offers local Christian mental health recovery groups through out the United States.

For more information go to: www.FreshHope.us or email: info@FreshHope.us

    Chris Grainger

    Chris Grainger

    In this episode Pastor Brad interview Chris Grainger. Chris is the host of 'The Lion Within", a Christian men's podcast. They discuss men's mental health. check out his podcast here:
    www.thelionwithin.us 
     
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs, the host of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, is the founder of Fresh Hope Ministries, a network of Christian mental health support groups for those who have a diagnosis and their loved ones. In other words, Fresh Hope is a Christian mental health support group. 
    Brad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. He is a weekly blogger for www.bphope.com (Bipolar Magazine). He is also a certified peer specialist and has been doing pastoral counseling since 1985. Brad is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, which is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com
    If you are interested in more information about Fresh Hope, go to www.FreshHope.us or email info@FreshHope.us or call 402.932.3089.
    #NaomiJudd, #mentalhealth
    To donate to Fresh Hope, go to http://freshhope.us/donate/. 
    Check out this episode!

    • 32 min
    Heroic Disgrace

    Heroic Disgrace

    Worship leader and author, Scott Box, talks about his book, Heroic Disgrace, available now.
    www.heroicgrace.com
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs, the host of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, is the founder of Fresh Hope Ministries, a network of Christian mental health support groups for those who have a diagnosis and their loved ones. In other words, Fresh Hope is a Christian mental health support group. 
    Brad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. He is a weekly blogger for www.bphope.com (Bipolar Magazine). He is also a certified peer specialist and has been doing pastoral counseling since 1985. Brad is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, which is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com
    If you are interested in more information about Fresh Hope, go to www.FreshHope.us or email info@FreshHope.us or call 402.932.3089.
    #NaomiJudd, #mentalhealth
    To donate to Fresh Hope, go to http://freshhope.us/donate/. 
    Check out this episode!

    • 37 min
    Naomi Judd: Live Well and Be Well

    Naomi Judd: Live Well and Be Well

    Until now, we've had this exclusive interview that Pastor Brad had done with Naomi Judd just prior to the pandemic lockdown in 2020.  We had yet to release the interview in the anticipation that we would be having Naomi speak at a Night of Inspiring Hope in the near future and would release the interview at that time.  However, due to Naomi's death we have decided to release the interview. We do so, not to capitalize on this tragic event, but rather to honor her and the struggle she had with depression and anxeity.  We are hopeful that this interview with both honor and remind us all that mental health challenges are very real and affect us all.  
    If you or someone you know is suicidal please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255. Help and hope is available.
    If you struggle with a mental health challenge  or love someone who does please consider attending a Fresh Hope support group meeting in person or online. 
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs, the host of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, is the founder of Fresh Hope Ministries, a network of Christian mental health support groups for those who have a diagnosis and their loved ones. In other words, Fresh Hope is a Christian mental health support group. 
    Brad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. He is a weekly blogger for www.bphope.com (Bipolar Magazine). He is also a certified peer specialist and has been doing pastoral counseling since 1985. Brad is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, which is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com
    If you are interested in more information about Fresh Hope, go to www.FreshHope.us or email info@FreshHope.us or call 402.932.3089.
    #NaomiJudd, #mentalhealth
    To donate to Fresh Hope, go to http://freshhope.us/donate/. 

    • 27 min
    Mental Health Strong: 2nd Marriage and Mental Health Conference

    Mental Health Strong: 2nd Marriage and Mental Health Conference

    In this podcast episode, Pastor Brad interviews Erin Ramachandran, award- winning author and co-founder of Mental Health Strong. Erin wrote a Christian’s Guide to Walking Resiliently Alongside Your Spouse with a Mental Health Condition.  Brad and Erin discuss the importance of supporting the partners and spouses who are walking alongside those with mental health or addiction challenges.  Erin and her husband, Keith started Mental Health Strong, a non-profit in 2/2020 to bring hope, resources and support to marriages with mental health and addiction challenges due to that they are more likely to get divorced.  They believe that there is an opportunity to bring support for couples by sharing stories and providing resources. One resource discussed on the podcast is the 2nd Marriage and Mental Health Conference on Saturday, May 21st to hear from spouses and couples with lived experience. Topics include sex and intimacy, parenting and child free solutions and resilience. For more information about resources for couples including the conference go to www.mentalhealthstrong.com
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs, the host of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, is the founder of Fresh Hope Ministries, a network of Christian mental health support groups for those who have a diagnosis and their loved ones. In other words, Fresh Hope is a Christian mental health support group. 
    Brad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. He is a weekly blogger for www.bphope.com (Bipolar Magazine). He is also a certified peer specialist and has been doing pastoral counseling since 1985. Brad is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, which is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com
    If you are interested in more information about Fresh Hope, go to www.FreshHope.us or email info@FreshHope.us or call 402.932.3089.
    To donate to Fresh Hope, go to http://freshhope.us/donate/. 
    For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting, go to www.FreshHope.us and click on “find a group.”  Or you may attain an online group of meetings of Fresh Hope by going to www.FreshHopeMeeting.com
    If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within your faith community, contact groupcare@freshhope.us.
    Fresh Hope for Mental Health is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries. 
    Fresh Hope Ministries is a non-profit ministry.  
    The copyrights of this program belong to Fresh Hope Ministries and may not be duplicated without written permission. 
    All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today and numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: Fresh Hope Network.
     Fresh Hope for Mental Health is on Facebook at  www.Facebook.com/FreshHopeforMentalHealth.
    Check out this episode!

    • 36 min
    My Mourning into Dancing

    My Mourning into Dancing

    "I will turn your mess into your message". That's what the Lord told me He was planning to do back in the days when I had just recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and my hope tank was empty. Years have gone by since I first came to know Fresh Hope and I have seen this promise come true for me once, and again! and again!
     
    Not only did the Lord redeem my pain and give me a new reason for living- He also turned the most painful situation of my life into my biggest asset when it comes to helping others out..!! My hope tank is not only full but is actually overflowing into the lives of those around me!
     
    I see everything the Lord is doing in Fresh Hope and I can't help but stand amazed with my jaw dropped and my eyes lifted up to Heaven in worship! In this podcast you will be able to listen to Pastor Brad and me talk about what's going on at Fresh Hope. From Peer to Peer support groups, To Hope Coaching, to Processing Together Groups, with people from all around the world from Latinamerica, to Spain, Australia, Zimbabwe and more..!! 
     
    This podcast is not just a way for you to catch up with what's new at Fresh Hope and how we can help you!- It is first and foremost meant to fill you with HOPE. If the Lord has redeemed my pain and given me so many reasons to live and go on and so much meaning, and passion, where I had once stood completely empty and cut off from any type or form of motivation to live, the Lord can certainly do it with you too. 
     
    "You have turned my mourning into dancing for me;
    You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
    That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever."  Psalm 30:11-12
     
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs, the host of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, is the founder of Fresh Hope Ministries, a network of Christian mental health support groups for those who have a diagnosis and their loved ones. In other words, Fresh Hope is a Christian mental health support group. 
    Brad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. He is a weekly blogger for www.bphope.com (Bipolar Magazine). He is also a certified peer specialist and has been doing pastoral counseling since 1985. Brad is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, which is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com
    If you are interested in more information about Fresh Hope, go to www.FreshHope.us or email info@FreshHope.us or call 402.932.3089.
    To donate to Fresh Hope, go to http://freshhope.us/donate/. 
    For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting, go to www.FreshHope.us and click on “find a group.”  Or you may attain an online group of meetings of Fresh Hope by going to www.FreshHopeMeeting.com
    If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within your faith community, contact groupcare@freshhope.us.
    Fresh Hope for Mental Health is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries. 
    Fresh Hope Ministries is a non-profit ministry.  
    The copyrights of this program belong to Fresh Hope Ministries and may not be duplicated without written permission. 
    All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today and numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: Fresh Hope Network.
     Fresh Hope for Mental Health is on Facebook at  www.Facebook.com/FreshHopeforMentalHealth.
    Check out this episode!

    • 29 min
    Introducing Refocusing Widows

    Introducing Refocusing Widows

    Refocusing Widows is a faith-based ministry initiative under the umbrella of Fresh Hope for Mental Health. Imagine a kaleidoscope: a slight twist and a beautiful design suddenly blurs. However, with another slight twist, everything comes back into focus in a lovely new design. This describes becoming a widow. Everything suddenly goes out of focus. Because only another widow can truly understand all that's involved, we facilitate peer-to-peer focus groups both online and in person. This is the place where personal growth and refocusing happens.
     
    We have created ten refocusing principles that are the foundation of the ministry. Each meeting consists of a discussion time centered around a specific issue of being a widow, followed by a focus activity that helps either to process the grief, or to begin to move forward into a new season. We envision women who have embraced and processed the profound grief associated with the loss of a spouse, discovered their new identity, and leveraged their strengths and gifts so that they are empowered to change the world around them. Our goal is to infuse faith-filled hope into their lives so that they can once again move into a joyful, thriving life.
     
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs, the host of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, is the founder of Fresh Hope Ministries, a network of Christian mental health support groups for those who have a diagnosis and their loved ones. In other words, Fresh Hope is a Christian mental health support group. 
    Brad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. He is a weekly blogger for www.bphope.com (Bipolar Magazine). He is also a certified peer specialist and has been doing pastoral counseling since 1985. Brad is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, which is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com
    If you are interested in more information about Fresh Hope, go to www.FreshHope.us or email info@FreshHope.us or call 402.932.3089.
    To donate to Fresh Hope, go to http://freshhope.us/donate/. 
    For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting, go to www.FreshHope.us and click on “find a group.”  Or you may attain an online group of meetings of Fresh Hope by going to www.FreshHopeMeeting.com
    If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within your faith community, contact groupcare@freshhope.us.
    Fresh Hope for Mental Health is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries. 
    Fresh Hope Ministries is a non-profit ministry.  
    The copyrights of this program belong to Fresh Hope Ministries and may not be duplicated without written permission. 
    All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today and numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: Fresh Hope Network.
     Fresh Hope for Mental Health is on Facebook at  www.Facebook.com/FreshHopeforMentalHealth.
    Check out this episode!

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Trennerwyo ,

Wonderful Mental Health Resource

I just discovered Fresh Hope a few days ago and the amount of education and help for understanding
my own mood disorders is beyond anything I have ever found. Thank you so much Pastor Brad for devoting your life and time to making this available to people who need help and aren't finding it on their own.

Jasman3269 ,

Fantastic Program Filled with Wisdom and Truth

I am so blessed to have found this. I feel like this is the program I needed to hear right now. So much truth in love. Thank you Pastor Brad, you are a blessing to me.

DSolon ,

The Best Idea I’ve Heard In A Long Time!

Listening to podcast with Sydney Hankerson, Brad Hoefs spoke about an idea that is so revolutionary and I’d like to see come to fruition. Choosing a therapist like going to speed dating. I can’t tell you the frustration of not having the right therapist and of course getting charged for the session. Not being understood, feeling what is wrong with me, why can’t I communicate. Brad, PLEASE find a way for us to interview potential therapists and psychiatrists.

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