By: Nana Aduba-Amoah
A new coffee shop in the Logan Square neighborhood is stirring up conversations about mental health. Sip of Hope, which opened earlier this year in May, plans to break down the stigma behind depression by engaging in educational conversations with customers struggling with suicide while donating all of its proceeds to the Chicago charity, Hope for the Day.
“For the longest time it was a matter treated with silence, then for a while, whispers,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Now, thanks to Sip of Hope, it’s been greeted with honest conversation.”
Unlike most coffee shops, the staff at Sip of Hope are certified in Mental Health First Aid, and also take the time to engage in conversations with customers and educate them about mental health issues.
The store is filled with pamphlets and contact information for businesses and organizations who can assist individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression. Hope for the Day founder, Jonny Boucher, said the coffee bar was created as a safe haven to initiate discussions about mental health, according to Chicago Eater.
“At the end of the day, this isn’t a drop-in clinic,” Boucher said in the article. “This is supposed to be a bridge.”