Motherhood is tough enough, but imagine trying to navigate motherhood AND addiction at the same time. The shame, the guilt...sometimes it can be too much to bear. Add to that the trials and tribulations of being a military spouse, and then you have the perfect storm of trauma.
Katie St. Pierre has experienced all of this. And she has clawed her way out of addiction to teach others how to help themselves through telling her story. In this episode, Katie tells us about the effect military life and addiction has on kids as well as the whole family and what it took to finally make sobriety "click" for her. We love how she has overcome the shame and stigma to tell her story so bravely!
May is Mental Health Awareness month and today we are excited to talk about first responder mental health with Dr. Stephanie Conn. Stephanie has done it all; as a law enforcement child, to dispatcher, then police officer, mental health clinician, and now an author! In her book "Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel", Stephanie looks at real-world issues first responders face and gives us practical solutions to apply in our every day lives.
Did you know there is over 120,000 homeless Veterans in America right now? There are many organizations that are trying to help and get these military members the help they need, but we still have a long way to go.
This is why we are exited to sit down with the President and CEO of Veterans Village San Diego Kimberly Mitchell today. VVSD serves over 2000 veterans every year with supportive services, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, job training, case management and assistance into permanent housing.
Kimberly has an amazing story of how she became an orphan during the Vietnam War as an infant, and how being adopted by an American soldier led to her life of service and how she is helping Veterans every day.
"Imagine listening...your worst day is my everyday." Not only is this the reality of a 9-1-1 or emergency dispatcher, but it is also the theme of a project former 9-1-1 dispatcher and public safety advocate Ricardo Martinez dedicates his life to. Ricardo is the father of the #IAM911 movement and helps dispatchers tell their stories through his podcast, "Within the Trenches." Ricardo is using his podcast to help dispatchers heal from trauma and also educates the public about the reality of 9-1-1.
We are honored and excited to kick off National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week chatting with Ricardo about his podcast, the #IAM911 movement, as well as the effort to reclassify public safety dispatchers into a "protective" occupation called the #911SAVES act.
Marriage can be challenging but imagine having to try to keep a marriage together when one partner is suffering from PTSD. Today, we talk to the Mighty Oaks Foundation founders Chad and Kathy Robichaux about how they were one step away from divorce, Chad was one second away from death by suicide, and Kathy almost lost her faith. In their raw and emotional interview, they tell us how they were able to save their marriage and forgive each other while building this amazing organization that now helps hundreds of Veterans, military spouses, and first responders heal and find themselves again.
The life of a 9-1-1 dispatcher is filled with the highest of highs...and the lowest of lows. 99% of the people a dispatcher deals with are not having the best day; maybe even having the worst day of their lives. And yes, there are the times a dispatcher saves the day; but those accomplishments rarely take away the heartache and trauma they experience every day. Throw shift work, poor eating habits, lack of exercise on top of all that, and you have a ticking timebomb.
That is why we are honored to sit down with Jim Marshall, author of "The Resilient 9-1-1 Professional", as well as one of his co-authors and EMDR expert Sara Gilman. Together, they outline some tips and tricks from the book that 9-1-1 professionals can use to put their OWN oxygen mask on first!
And don't forget April 14-20, 2019 is National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week (aka "Dispatch Week"), so make sure to show your gratitude to your local dispatchers and telecommunicators! Coffee and chocolate are always good choices...
No one ever pictures themselves becoming homeless, but that is a reality many Veterans are facing. Help is out there but can be hard to get if you don't know where to look. In this episode, we sit down with Michael Johnson, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who was homeless himself and is now using his experience to help others get off the streets and find meaningful employment.
What happens when Veterans transition from military life to civilian life with limited or no support, or access to resources? They may find themselves in financial distress, experience family problems, and can even slip into depression...or worse, take their own lives. In this episode, we sit down with CEO and Founder of Victor Tech Gregory Jumes to explore how his app Victor can help thousands of Veterans in the Chicago area live their best lives.
Did you know that there are organizations out there that offer holistic healing treatments for Veterans who are suffering from physical as well as mental health challenges? In this episode, we talk to Eva M. Belanger, a decorated captain of the U.S. Air Force, with over nine years of service and wartime deployment. She currently serves as a fully licensed marriage and family therapist out of her own private practice in San Diego and is the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit Warriors Live On.
Some people find themselves drawn to a life of public service after being exposed to an emergency situation in their personal lives. In this episode, we talk to new EMT Andrew Gross and discuss how Andrew is channeling his traumatic experience as a patient at a young age into his love for treating others in emergency medical situations.
Sabrina Barella is using her experience as a former military wife to be an active voice in many military non-profits. She is also making it her mission to help end Veteran suicide by using her personal time and her business to help Veterans and their families. In this episode, Sabrina explains how anyone (civilians included) can help be a safe ear to Veterans and maybe help save a life in the process.
Did you know there are clinicians that specifically specialize in studying suicide and how to prevent it? I didn't! In this episode, I sit down with Suicidologist Dr. Blaire Schembari to learn more about her unique profession and some of the amazing studies and efforts underway to help prevent this epidemic.
New Year, New You? If you are ready to set some health and wellness goals, listen up! In this episode, we are super excited to chat with the one and only Officer Ashely Smith! Not only is she a badass female police officer, but she is also a health and fitness dynamo and works every day to help others...whether it's on the beat or in everyday life fitness.
We also talk about the stigma surrounding being a social media queen as well as the challenges she has endured working her way up through a male-dominated profession. You will love hearing her authentic and direct words of wisdom...and she is pretty hilarious too.
Are you struggling a bit dealing with the holidays? Is the stress too much to handle this season? And really, what is up with New Year's resolutions! Today, we meet back up with psychologist Dr. Kimberly Miller to explore ways to deal with family, cope with holiday stress, and other people's poop. Yes, poop. You won't want to miss it!
"Compassion fatigue" is a term that is becoming more widely known among people in the helping professions. But what is it? And how do we get out of it once we realize we are experiencing it? In this episode, we chat with psychologist Dr. Kimberly Miller who answers these questions and more!
There are many new emerging modalities for treating mental health challenges being discovered every day. Did you know that researchers are making breakthroughs in treating people with PTSD and depression with psychoactive substances? In this episode, we talk with Psychologist Dr. Ryan Stevenson and unpack a whole lot of topics relating to mental health treatment, survivors of sexual assault and abuse, veteran and student mental health, as well as the difference between PTSD and trauma.
Did you know that clutter in your home can affect your mental health? While I always thought it was a just a pain in the butt, I never realized it can affect your mood and your outlook on life! In this episode, we chat with Clutter Queen Melisa Celikel, owner of Let's Get You Organized! about the steps you need to take to de-clutter your space and take back your mental health!
The Nation is celebrating Veterans this week, and we are honored to continue our conversations with Veterans who are making a difference by sharing their stories of courage surrounding mental health.
Today, we meet back up with Green Beret Special Forces Operator/Delta Force Medic Veteran Joe Hudak to go more in depth about what happened when he came home, his two suicide attempts, and what he did gain resilience, heal, and learn how to live his best life possible.
And if you ever wanted to ask a Veteran a question, you now have the opportunity to ask Joe what you would love to know...yes, he is taking questions from our audience! Click this link and fill out the form: https://airtable.com/shrUk0X8SoI3HOEts
Bill Protzmann is a man of many hats. Not only has he been a successful businessman and an award-winning musician, but he has discovered how to use music to help heal those who have been affected by trauma by using music for self-care.
In 2011, he launched Music Care Inc, a for-profit corporation dedicated to providing education in music as adjunct treatment for post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety. In this episode, Bill talks about how music saved his life and how he is now helping others by showing them the power of music care.
There is a very important conversation happening in America right now surrounding sexual assault. And while we had this interview scheduled long before some of the recent events unfolded, the timing couldn't be more important for her story to be told.
We are extending our deep-dive series on suicide prevention for veterans, and today I am honored to talk to Jalitza Cardona. She is a Veteran and a mental health advocate after surviving sexual assault and is now making it her mission to impress upon others that they are not alone…and that help is waiting for them.
Sexual assault is discussed but the specific acts or details of assault are not.