Home  /  Podcast Directory  /  Health  /  Fresh Hope Today: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis


Last update: 2014-11-22

Surviving Versus Enjoying the Holidays!

2014-11-22
Length: 23s

Many times the holiday season brings with it a lot of additional stress to an already stress-filled daily life. In this episode of Fresh Hope Today Pastor Brad talks about how to enjoy the holiday season inspire of having a mental health diagnosis or mental illness.  

 

Several years ago Brad decided to not just survive the holidays but, he determined he was going to start enjoying them instead of just trying to endure them without a bipolar episode.  Prior to being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Christmas time was always a time of escalation of mood with a period of depression through the rest of winter.  As Brad shares how he has come to not only surviving but actually enjoying very much the holiday season!  He hopes that these principles for enjoying the holidays might in fact translate for you within your life.

 

Pastor Brad Hoefs, host of Fresh Hope Today, 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.us (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 a 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.

 

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting go to: www.FreshHope.us and click on “find a group“.

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within you faith-community setting contact Julie at: Julie@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope Today 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 with out written permission.

 

All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today as well as numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: FreshHopeNetwork.

 

Fresh Hope Today is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

 

x

Share: Surviving Versus Enjoying the Holidays!


Learning to Life a Full and Rich Life: Jason's Story

2014-11-05
Length: 33s

This is a MUST listen to interview!

He is a business owner, husband and daddy and living a very full and rich life in spite of having bipolar disorder, ADHD and anxiety!  Jason gives so many insights into how to live a full and rich life in spite of having a mental health issue.

Jason also shares insights as to how faith plays a role in one's recovery.  He focuses on understanding that ontop of any mental health issues, everyone's mind is a battlfiled and how to win the battle for your mind.

You won't want to miss this interview!

Pastor Brad Hoefs, host of Fresh Hope Today, 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.us(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 a 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.

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting go to: www.FreshHope.us and click on “find a group“.

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within you faith-community setting contact Julie at: Julie@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope Today 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 with out written permission.

All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today as well as numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: FreshHopeNetwork.

Fresh Hope Today is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

 

 

© 2014 Fresh Hope Today, all rights reserved.

x

Share: Learning to Life a Full and Rich Life: Jason's Story


When Mental Health Leads to Homelessness: There is Hope!

2014-10-06
Length: 19s

It is estimated that nearly 70% of the homeless population in the United States have a mental health issue.  Troy's story is one of hope in spite of the fact that he has both a mental health diagnosis and addictions which lead to his homelessness.  You'll be surprised at how hopefilled Troy is even though he found himself homeless! 

This edition of Fresh Hope Today is called, Troy's Story!  Troy is part of a pilate Fresh Hope group that Pastor Brad is leading at the Open Door Mission, a Christian mission for those have become homeless. 

This is a powerful interview you won't want to miss!

Pastor Brad Hoefs, host of Fresh Hope Today, 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.us (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 a 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.

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting go to: www.FreshHope.us and click on "find a group".

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within you faith-community setting contact Julie at: Julie@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope Today 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 with out written permission.

All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today as well as numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: FreshHopeNetwork.

Fresh Hope Today is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

 

© 2014 Fresh Hope Today, all rights reserved.

x

Share: When Mental Health Leads to Homelessness: There is Hope!


A Story of Hope: Overcoming Bipolar Disorder, Alcoholism and a Drug Addiction

2014-09-26
Length: 24s

If you are a parent who is hoping and praying for your young adult to come to a point of wellness in spite of a mental health issue and various addictions, then this podcast is for you!  And if you are someone who is struggling with a co-occuring diagnosis, this podcast is filled with hope just for you!  

Alycia's story is quite compelling and definitely a story of hope! Suffering from bipolar disorder and an alcohol and drug addiction Alycia has come a long ways to today and living well in spite of the challenges.  Hear her story on the edition of Fresh Hope Today- empowering people to live well in spite of a mental health challenge from a Christian Mental Health perspective.

Alycia has lost over 100 pounds. And will be graduating from college in December 2014.  She plans getting her mater's degree.

Pastor Brad Hoefs, host of Fresh Hope Today, 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.us (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 a 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.

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting go to: www.FreshHope.us and click on "find a group".

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within you faith-community setting contact Julie at: Julie@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope Today 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 with out written permission.

All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today as well as numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: FreshHopeNetwork.

Fresh Hope Today is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

 

© 2014 Fresh Hope Today, all rights reserved.

x

Share: A Story of Hope: Overcoming Bipolar Disorder, Alcoholism and a Drug Addiction


Help! Mom and Dad Both Have Bipolar Disorder!

2014-09-18
Length: 31s

In this edition of Fresh Hope Today, Pastor Brad interviews a husband and wife who both have bipolar disorder.   Not only do John and Ellen have bipolar, but three of their daughters also have bipolar!  Imagine the drama that would be created in the household.  Well, Ellen and John don’t have to imagine; they can tell you what it’s like.  While it might sound more like a potential reality TV show, it is very real life for them.  While they have had their challenges along the way, interestingly enough, they have come to a place of real healing and recovery and have a good relationship with their children.

 In this edition John and Ellen share what they have learned on the road to having just recently celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary. 

 Pastor Brad Hoefs, host of Fresh Hope Today, 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.us (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 a 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.

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting go to: www.FreshHope.us and click on "find a group".

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within you faith-community setting contact Julie at: Julie@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope Today 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 with out written permission.

All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today as well as numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: FreshHopeNetwork.

Fresh Hope Today is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

 

© 2014 Fresh Hope Today, all rights reserved.

 

x

Share: Help! Mom and Dad Both Have Bipolar Disorder!


Overcoming Schizophrenia: Randy's Story

2014-09-10
Length: 29s

Overcoming Schizpohrenia- really?  Well, for Randy, yes!  This is his story of hope.

Often the diagnosis of schizophrenia can be so devastating and most difficult to manage;  in this edition of Fresh Hope Today Randy share's his journey which has led to living a full and rich life in spite of having schizophrenia.  This is truly a story of HOPE and encouragement!

Pastor Brad Hoefs, host of Fresh Hope Today, 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.us (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 a 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.

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting go to: www.FreshHope.us and click on "find a group".

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within you faith-community setting contact Julie at: Julie@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope Today 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 with out written permission.

All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today as well as numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: FreshHopeNetwork.

Fresh Hope Today is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

 

© 2014 Fresh Hope Today, all rights reserved.

x

Share: Overcoming Schizophrenia: Randy's Story


A Mommy and Wife with Bipolar Finds Sustained Recovery

2014-09-08
Length: 33s

Sarah is a wife, mommy and has bipolar disorder; finding a place of sustained recovery was extremely important. And Sarah journey has led her to a place of sustained recovery (she got off of the bipolar roller coaster).  She has bipolar II and was initially diagnosed with depression; as bipolar II disorder is many times missed by care providers. 

Sarah's story reminds us that it is important if you have been diagnosed with depression and you continue to struggle with depression even after being treated for it; you might want to ask your caregiver about the possibility of bipolar II disorder.

Sarah’s story is great encouragement to any one is looking to find sustained recovery even as they are a mommy and wife.  Sarah made some mistakes a long the way with not taking her medicine but has ended up being at a point in her recovery that she is managing all things well.  For the most part, she enjoys life as she once had before the issue with her mental health issues began. 

Pastor Brad Hoefs, host of Fresh Hope Today, 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.us (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 a 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.

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting go to: www.FreshHope.us and click on "find a group".

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within you faith-community setting contact Julie at: Julie@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope Today 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 with out written permission.

All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today as well as numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: FreshHopeNetwork.

Fresh Hope Today is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

 

© 2014 Fresh Hope Today, all rights reserved.

x

Share: A Mommy and Wife with Bipolar Finds Sustained Recovery


Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression: Cindy's Journey

2014-08-29
Length: 32s

Depression, when not treated, can easily  take you to depths of despair and hopelessness that you never even knew existed.  Cindy certainly knows this all too well in her journey to wholeness and hope.  She shares with Pastor Brad her journey.  

Even in the midst of her deepest moments of hopelessness Cindy would cry out to the Lord minute by minute.  And the Lord answered her prayers in very practical ways!  While there is no quick fix as one goes through a depressive period, this interview with Cindy will encourage those going through depression to use their faith in choosing hope.

Pastor Brad Hoefs, host of Fresh Hope Today, 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.us (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 a 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.

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting go to: www.FreshHope.us and click on "find a group".

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within you faith-community setting contact Julie at: Julie@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope Today 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 with out written permission.

All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today as well as numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: FreshHopeNetwork.

Fresh Hope Today is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

 

© 2014 Fresh Hope Today, all rights reserved.

x

Share: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression: Cindy's Journey


How Hopelessness Happens and How to Overcome It!

2014-08-26
Length: 24s

In this edition of Fresh Hope Today Pastor Brad, host of Fresh Hope Today, offers his theory as to how hopelessness happens when someone has a mental health diagnosis.  He believes that it is directly connected to lack of self-confidence which comes about with presistent mental health challenge.  He offers solid suggestions as to how to build back-up your self-confidnece, begin to plan a future which all result in overoming the hopelessness with hope.

Pastor Brad Hoefs, host of Fresh Hope Today, 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.us (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 a 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.

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting go to: www.FreshHope.us and click on "find a group".

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within you faith-community setting contact Julie at: Julie@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope Today 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 with out written permission.

All of the podcasts of Fresh Hope Today as well as numerous other videos are all available on our YouTube channel: FreshHopeNetwork.

Fresh Hope Today is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

 

© 2014 Fresh Hope Today, all rights reserved.

x

Share: How Hopelessness Happens and How to Overcome It!


You are NOT Your Diagnosis!

2014-08-18
Length: 11s

Too often we say things like, "I am___________."  (Fill in the blank with your diagnosis e.g., "I'm bipolar.") Instead we should say, “I've been diagnosed with _______.” We who have a mental health diagnosis need to understand that we
are NOT the sum total of our mental health diagnosis, rather saying that we have or have been diagnosed as _______, which indicates there is much more to us than just our diagnosis.  Your diagnosis does NOT define you!

In this podcast, Pastor Brad says, "I am NOT bipolar! I have bipolar. There's a big difference between those two statements."  He explores who we are in Christ; seeing it from a Christian mental health perspective.  

This podcast is very encouraging to anyone who is struggling to figure out
"who they are" after being diagnosed.

Fresh Hope Today is a weekly podcast of Fresh Hope Ministries.  For more information about Fresh Hope go to: www.FreshHope.us

Our podcasts are available on Fresh Hope Today, Stritcher Radio and iTunes.

Email us with your input, suggestions or topics you'd like to have covered on the program at info@FreshHope.us 

x

Share: You are NOT Your Diagnosis!


Fresh Hope Today: Keys to Successful Recovery

2014-08-13
Length: 21s

While the journey of mental health recovery varies from person to person there do some to be some key principles that are primary to most all paths to successful recovery.

In this episode of Fresh Hope Today Pastor Brad, who has bipolar disorder, shares the key Christian mental health principles that he has found to be the most helpful in his own sustained recovery. 

Brad Hoefs, host of the program is the founder of Fresh Hope, www.FreshHope.us.  Fresh Hope began as one Christian support group for those who have mental health issues along with their loved ones and has grown to numerous groups throughout the United States with a list of even more groups starting in the near future. If you are interested in either finding a group or starting a group email us at: info@FreshHope.us 

Brad is also the author of a book entitled, Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis.  It is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com 

This podcast is a weekly free production of Fresh Hope Ministries.  The mission of Fresh Hope is to empower those who have a mental health diagnosis and their loved ones to live a faith-filled, rich and full life in spite of having a mental health challenge.  

Besides being a pastor, Brad is a certified peer support specialist and weekly blogger for Bipolar Magazine, www.bphope.com

x

Share: Fresh Hope Today: Keys to Successful Recovery


Fresh Hope Today: Choosing to Live!

2014-08-03
Length: 30s

Fresh Hope Today with host Pastor Brad Hoefs,  is a podcast which empowers people to live a full and rich life in spite of a mental health diagnosis from a Christian perspective.

In this episode of Fresh Hope Today, Pastor Brad interviews a young woman who has bipolar disorder who has struggled with complete hopelessness which caused her to loose the desire to live.  She has struggled with finding the self-discipline to use mental health wellness tools to overcome the feelings of complete hopelessness.  

Stacy shares the recent events in her recovery that through her faith and her learned coping skills have enabled her to choose to live in spite of how she might feel on any given day.  Brad calls it the "choosing to live switch" that you switch on when you don't feel hopeful or feel too depressed to actually go about living your life on any given day.

Finding the ability to choose to do what we need to do (to be disciplined to using our wellness tools even when we don't feel like it or feel like we can't use them) is key in a successful mental health recovery.

While the journey to this point has been a long fought battle for Stacy, she now breakthrough in this area.  We believe that Stacy's story will give you insight as how to begin to choose to live in spite of how you might feel! 

Fresh Hope Today is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries.

If you are interested in attending a Fresh Hope group or possibly starting  a Fresh Hope group please email us: info@FreshHope.us 

x

Share: Fresh Hope Today: Choosing to Live!


Fresh Hope Today: A Special Edition for Pastors and Church Leaders

2014-08-03
Length: 52s

This special edition of Fresh Hope Today is for Christian pastors and church leaders.  This edition focuses on the Christian Church and Mental Illness (Mental Health)

In this edition Pastor Brad Hoefs, founder of Fresh Hope, interviews author, Amy Simpson.  Amy wrote the award winning book Troubled Minds. 

This podcast is focuses on educating Christian church leaders about the mental health crisis and what each congregation might consider doing in order to help those effected by the crisis within there church and communities.

In this edition, Amy lays-out of the history of the Christian Church and its' relationship with the mental health movement in America. 

Specific ideas are laid out for what pastors and church leaders can do within their congregation to address this ever-pressing issue in our society today.  Plus, creative approaches to ministering to those who suffer from a mental health challenge and to the loved ones of those who suffers are given.

This is a must listen to for every pastor in America!

This podcast is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries 

 

x

Share: Fresh Hope Today: A Special Edition for Pastors and Church Leaders


Fresh Hope Today: Wholeness, Forgiveness and Recovery

2014-08-03
Length: 30s

In this edition of Fresh Hope Today, Melody shares with Pastor Brad her journey to emotional and spiritual health in spite of having a mental health diagnosis.  After attending Fresh Hope for the last four years Melody is experiencing the payoff to a lot of the hard work of mental health recovery.

Melody's Christian faith has been key in her journey to wholeness.  Forgiving others and not holding out forgiveness toward others has been a key to her successful recovery.  

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as PTSD Melody knows very well how challenging and at times overwhelming mental health recovery can be.  But, she is also receiving the benefits of not giving up and now lives with the sure and certain hope that no matter what, she knows that she has HOPE in Christ, that He will work all things out together for her good no matter what!  (Romans 8:28)

Melody is a living example of the redeeming work of the Lord in a believer's life and road of recovery.  She lives a full and faith-filled life in spite of having a mental health diagnosis.  Today she is facilitating a Fresh Hope group in Omaha, Nebraska.

x

Share: Fresh Hope Today: Wholeness, Forgiveness and Recovery


Fresh Hope Today: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis

Fresh Hope Today is a weekly faith based podcast for those who suffer from a mental health challenge. The purpose of Fresh Hope is to empower those who have a mental health diagnosis to live a full, rich, faith-filled life in spite of their diagnosis. Pastor Brad Hoefs is the host of the podcast. He is the founder of Fresh Hope Ministries (www.FreshHope.us) and author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis.

Fresh Hope Today: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis


Switch to our mobile site