Former New Jersey paramedic Stephen Kavalkovich nearly died from a heroin overdose before finding recovery from drug addiction and mental illness. This journey led to his current role as host of Mental Health News Radio Network podcast Rescue the Rescuer. Rescue the Rescuer sheds light on the mental and emotional stresses faced by police officers, fire fighters, soldiers, EMS providers and other first responders, stresses which can lead to mental illnesses such as PTSD and addiction problems.
Rescue the Rescuer aims to reduce shame and stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction among first responders and find solutions to these problems through open dialogue and advocacy.
Kavalkovich said, “I always knew that I was good at expressing ideas and thoughts. I’d been writing for many blogs but I wasn’t getting the reach I wanted. Being a former paramedic who lost it all to mental health issues and heroin, I knew first responders needed a voice to talk about this and podcasting made the most sense in 2017”.
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Mental Health News Radio hosts podcast about first responder mental health
Mental Health News Radio Network, the world’s largest podcast network dedicated exclusively to mental health content, is now hosting TemaTalks, formerly UpTalk, with veteran paramedic, volunteer firefighter and mental health advocate Sean Conohan. TemaTalks focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, first responder mental illness and health. It aims to provide hope, inclusion and resources to first responders experiencing mental health problems. TemaTalks also raises awareness about the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, Canada’s leading provider of peer support, family assistance, education and training for emergency services, public safety, military personnel, and their families.
Gabor Maté, M.D. joins us after his presentations at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Take a journey as Dr. Maté and our host, Kristin Walker, discuss the need for meaningful human connection and the enormity of changing the structures in which we treat and comprehend addiction.
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Helaina Hovitz is an editor, journalist, author, storyteller, creative strategist and native New Yorker who has always had the unreasonable notion that she can help change the world! Her greatest passion is writing inspiring stories about charities, social good, nonprofits, social issues, animal rescue, mental health, and recovery, though I also write about the lighter things in life, like food, wellness, and culture.
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Do You Ever Feel Like Everything Is Going Up In Flames? Fire fighters, police officers, military, EMS providers, and all first responders are under immense pressure and stress, day in and day out. This can lead to incredible challenges both at work and at home. Steve’s mission is to put a spotlight on these problems and help find solutions with the Rescue the Rescuers podcast and blog.
Join Steve and our host, Kristin Walker, as they discuss his mission and how his podcast is already changing lives.
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