Mental health in the time of pandemic: It’s (still) OK not to be OK. Catching back up with Hope for the Day (Episode 335)

Tonight I’m joined by Mike Vinopal (Director of Education) and Joel Frieders (Director of Public Policy) from Hope for the Day.

We chat about how to take care of one’s mental health in this unprecedented time, how to tend to children’s mental health, and what to do if you need to talk with someone.

Here’s the list of Hope for the Day resources mentioned toward the end of tonight’s show:

Join a Hope For The Day community education workshop digitally via Zoom Webinar every Tuesday at 11am and every Saturday at 2:30pm CST. Register at

Instagram Live for Hope For The Day @hopefortheday will be featuring Sip of Hope Coffee Talks with notable guests from the live music industry hosted by HFTD Founder & CEO, Jonny Boucher, every Sunday & Wednesday at 10am CST.

Instagram Live for Sip of Hope Coffee Bar (closed under the shelter-in-place order) @sipofhope will be airing HFTD’s Saturday Morning Tunes every Saturday at 11am CST featuring guests from the HFTD & Sip of Hope family in 2 one-hour sets celebrating all forms of self-expression hosted by HFTD’s Director of Education, Mike Vinopal, & Director of Finance, Matthew Fuchs.

More resources mentioned on the show:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance | Support Groups Central

Free Headspace for US healthcare professionals

Talkspace’s Response to COVID-19 | Talkspace

From several of the NAMI chapters in the area (National Alliance on Mental Illness):

NAMI Chicago Helpline (Call them at 833-626-4244) & Information for more Virtual Support Groups

From NAMI Metro Suburban:
Visit for the latest information on virtual programs and services available.

NAMI Dupage – Peer Counselor Request Form


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