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Societal Perceptions WIth The EMS Siren

11/9/2018
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Join the well respected Blogger, Educator, and EMS Provider Amy Eisenhauer and I as we discuss the societal perceptions of substance abuse and mental health in the EMS world. Amy Eisenhauer is a dynamic presenter at Emergency Medical Services (EMS) conferences nationwide, raising awareness on topics such as provider suicide, response to hoarding events, and career development for EMS professionals. As a Certified Emergency Medical Technician, she has served the New Jersey Emergency Medical...

Duration:00:41:12

Wellness - First Responder Conferences

10/26/2018
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Join married Sheriff Deputies Shawn and Jeff Thomas and I as we discuss mental health, peer support, and wellness amongst first responders. They created First Responder Conferences and have been gaining momentum since its inception in 2016. Shawn Thomas has been a deputy for the King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle, WA for 21 years. She is married to a deputy and has two teenage boys. She currently is an explosive detection K9 handler and is a team leader for her peer support team. Shawn...

Duration:00:42:20

Brandon Dreiman- Firefighter, Mental Health Advocate

10/16/2018
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Join Indianapolis firefighter Bandon Dreiman and and I as we discuss the state of mental health for first responders and all of the work being done to break down the walls of stigma.Brandon Dreiman, JD, EMT-P, is a 17-year veteran of the Indianapolis Fire Department where he serves as the Coordinator for the IFD Peer Support Program. He is also an IAFF Peer Support Master Instructor and travels the United States and Canada lecturing on behavioral health topics and assisting fire departments...

Duration:00:34:28

The Psychology of Super Heroes

10/4/2018
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Join the leaders at this show's sponsor, Stepstone Connect, as we discuss the psychology of super heroes. Such a deep and fascinating conversation about the parallels between fictional super heoes like Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk and real life heroes such as fireman and cops. These two professionals certainly left me with a deeper understanidng of mental illness, coping mechanisms, and treatment of trauma. You don't wanna miss this one!!!

Duration:00:36:43

Hot Topic- Narcissism

9/27/2018
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Join Kristin Walker, CEO of The Mental Health News Radio Network, and I as we discuss the topic of narcissism. Every day my social media news feed is filled with articles and content related to this topic so I figured we would change it up and discuss this buzz worthy term and explore its meaning and origins.

Duration:00:40:10

Survive First

9/13/2018
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Join Doug and Karen Monda as we discuss their story and the foundation they created, Survive First.Doug is the Founder of Survive First, Inc. and has a long standing history in law enforcement. He retired from law enforcement as an undercover narcotics agent with the Cocoa Police Department, a city in Brevard County, Florida in 2017. He began his career in public safety in 2001. In his second year of service, Doug joined the S.W.A.T. team, and subsequently attended Marine Scout Sniper...

Duration:00:22:05

Atlee James, Film Maker - Heroes Rescue Documentary

9/6/2018
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Join the award winning film makers Atlee James and I as we discuss his upcoming project, Heroes Rescue. have a passion for what I do and believe it shows through in my work. I’m gratified by delivering final products to clients and witnessing the result. Described as energetic, positive and a pleasure to work with, I know that my clients appreciate my collaborative approach. This includes asking the challenging questions, fully understanding your intended target audience and knowing what...

Duration:00:46:51

Zak Williams- Life After Loss

8/28/2018
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Join Zak Williams, the son of the late Robin Williams, and I as we discuss some tough topics. We talked about having a famous father, the tragic loss to suicide, and life after such a loss. Zak is compassionate and sweet soul who I really enjoyed talking to. The advice he gave to suicide survivors is priceless and needed.

Duration:00:46:22

Netflix's Recovery Boys and the founder of Jacob's Ladder, Dr. Kevin Blankenship

8/16/2018
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Join Dr. Kevin Blankenship, the subject of the hot Netflix Documentary Recovery Boys, as we discuss the unique recovery program he created called Jacob's Ladder. evin Blankenship, MD Founder & Medical Director ​The son of a coal miner, Kevin grew up in a small town in southern West Virginia. After graduating from high school, Kevin joined the U.S. Army to serve his country. After military service, Dr. Blankenship earned degrees in pharmacy and medicine and went on to complete his emergency...

Duration:00:41:06

Dr Samantha Dutton, Dean @ Phoenix University and I discuss PTSD and First Responders

8/10/2018
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Join Dr. Samantha Dutton, Dean @ Phoenix University and I discuss PTSD and First Responders. The study that they put together truly had some eye opening information and we really had a great conversation about these important and necessary topics. Dr. Samantha Dutton is currently a Program Dean and the Director of the Social Work Program in the College of Humanities & Sciences, where she is creating the Bachelor of Science Social Work program. The program is currently in the accreditation...

Duration:00:39:10

Epsiode 45- Stepstone Connect

8/1/2018
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Joe Gorton CMHC is an empathetic, effective, and motivated therapist. He is experienced with a broad range of mental and behavioral disorders specifically with addiction. Joe has seen first hand the destructive nature of those affected by the opioid crisis and trauma. He has worked in many levels in the social work field and has been the Clinical Director at some of Utah's most prestigious recovery treatment centers. He is the CEO of Stepstone Connect which provides online counseling to...

Duration:00:40:59

Episode 44- First Eyes Proactive Family Mental Health Program

7/24/2018
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Join My Friend to the North in Canada, Dan Bowers and I as we discuss the unique program he created for families of first responders. A retired Detective Sergeant, Dan spent over 30 years with the Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.). His resume includes; Criminal Investigator, Communications Centre/911 Supervisor, Intelligence Officer and O.P.P. Liaison to Interpol International Fugitive Investigations Section. Prior to his career in policing, Dan spent 4 years as a proud member of the Royal...

Duration:00:41:57

Episode 43- 911 Buddy Check

7/17/2018
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Join Alabama Flight Medic Daniel Mills and I discuss his very personal and raw battle with mental health and substances. He has recovered and come out on the other side and is doing a lot to help others not only as a prehospial provider but as a major advocate for mental health. Daniel M. Mills is a seasoned 16-year veteran in fire and EMS in Alabama. He is married to his best friend and a father of 2, Brynleigh and Aaron. Daniel was a professional firefighter for over 12 years before...

Duration:00:48:48

Episode 43- 911 Buddy Check

7/17/2018
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Join Alabama Flight Medic Daniel Mills and I discuss his very personal and raw battle with mental health and substances. He has recovered and come out on the other side and is doing a lot to help others not only as a prehospial provider but as a major advocate for mental health. Daniel M. Mills is a seasoned 16-year veteran in fire and EMS in Alabama. He is married to his best friend and a father of 2, Brynleigh and Aaron. Daniel was a professional firefighter for over 12 years before...

Duration:00:47:17

Episode 43- Keeping the Peace

7/11/2018
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Join Award Winnig filmaker Jim Ellis , Former Undercover Agent Victor Resendez, and I as we discuss the documentary they are creating that highlights what it really is like to be a police officer. They go deep into the life of a cop and the very real toll it takes on them in every way. The name of the film is Keeping the Peace. Victor Resendez Victor Resendez of La Mesa, California spent 33 years in law enforcement including time as a deputy sheriff in Tulare County, an undercover agent in...

Duration:00:40:18

Episode 42- PTSD Does Not Define Me

7/7/2018
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Join Former Chicago FD Paramedic Leah Siwinski and I discuss her journey from darkenss and innto the light. I began my EMS career in 2005 and later joined the Chicago Fire Department. My role as a paramedic and my desire to help others has always been more than just a job for me, it was a calling, it’s who I am. I have been called to many tragic scenes and have been on many stressful calls, but being a responding paramedic to a fatal call involving one of my own changed me. I was diagnosed...

Duration:00:41:45

Epsidoe 41- Comprehensive Emotional Memory Assessment

6/26/2018
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Join clinician Travis Gray of Agape Wellness Centers share about the groundbreaking tool he created to help people more effiiciently with amazing resutts. Agape Wlelness Centers is a sponsor of the Rescue the Rescuer show. Mr. Travis Gray graduated in 2011 from Trinity International University in South Florida. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Internationally Credited Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC) and a Qualified Supervisor (QS). Mr....

Duration:00:47:34

Episode 40- James Boomhower- It's Ok To Not Be Ok

6/19/2018
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Join James and I as we discuss his passion for helping people in the acute emergency, but also how he was a pioneer in his agency regardng it " being ok to not be ok.' James Boomhower, BS, FP-C, NR-P, C-NPT has been involved in EMS for nearly 15 years in a variety of health systems throughout New England. He currently functions in the role of Critical Care Transport Specialist-Paramedic and Peer Support Director with Boston Medflight of Bedford, Massachusetts. James is also a Peer Supporter...

Duration:00:40:23

Episode 39- Safe Injection Sites- Highly Controversial but Very Effective

6/12/2018
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Join the author and I discuss the effectiveness of this tool in the arensal of weapons used to fight the opiate epdiemic. Travis Lupick is an award-winning journalist based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the author of Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction. He works as a staff reporter for the Georgia Straight newspaper and has also written about drug addiction, harm reduction, and mental health for the Toronto Star. lupick.com...

Duration:00:37:05

Episode 38- Anonymous Cop Tells His Story From Treatment

6/6/2018
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Join "Dan,' a cop who is currently in treatment tell his story. HIs real name has been kept confidential to protect his privacy. He talks candidly about using alocohol to self medicate, the realization that his career as he knows it is over, and how the word brotherhood has lost all meaning Strap in for this really powerful conversation!

Duration:00:51:02