With the stigma surrounding mental health problems still rampant in the world today and people offering “helpful” solutions like “be positive” it’s important to have a safe space for those who are struggling. A Sip Of Hope is a coffee shop unlike any other, as aside from a cuppa joe, they also provide counselling for those who need it.
Sip of Hope is the first coffee shop to donate 100% of its proceeds to mental health education and proactive suicide prevention. All of their employees are also certified in Mental Health First Aid and are on hand to talk to any person who visits that needs a listening ear.
An excerpt from their website says:
Sip of Hope is the perfect space for breaking the silence around suicide and raising the visibility of mental health resources in our community.
We get it! Life is hard and some days we need more than a cup of coffee to get us through the day. We need to remind ourselves, that despite the things we’ve been through, it’s OK to feel pain, it’s OK to talk about it. The biggest obstacle to preventing suicide is silence. We as a community can start the conversation about mental health, we are in this together. Prevention starts with a conversation, and the conversation starts here.
So, if you’re in Chicago and need a listening ear, or know someone who does, grab a cup of coffee at Sip of Hope and help fund mental health education.