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The Mental Health of our Veterans | Duane France

Duane France is a retired Army non-commissioned officer. During his military service, he participated in 5 combat deployments. Now, as a mental health therapist, he finds that his unique blend of experiences and trainings have led to him being a successful mentor, advocate, and counselor to an underserved population in our country, his fellow veterans.

For more, visit and be on the lookout for my new book, “You Don’t Have To Swallow Your Gun.”

ret Fire Captain Tim Grutzius – Super Anger to Peace and PTSD

Tim Grutzius is a 25+ year fire service veteran and a team member of the Illinois Firefighter Peer Support . He understands the detrimental effect stress can have on the overall wellbeing of our mind, body, and spirit. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach, he has a diploma in Holistic Health Practice, a certificate in Wellness Consulting and is a certified Usui Reiki Master Practitioner. Tim was diagnosed with PTSD and had a tough struggle out of it, but he is out of it. Now he works to help all those first responders who are struggling.
Twitter: @holisticff
Illinois Firefighter Peer Support

135:You Start Monday

On this episode, I discuss and elaborate on the stigma that people on the spectrum cannot get a job or have a career. I also give tips and tricks on how a person on the spectrum should act in the workplace and why this may not come so easy to everyone. In turn, I give advice to employers what to consider and what to think about when hiring someone on the spectrum. Wait though there is more! I also go into detail on why doing hard work and obtaining job skills can teach some one on the spectrum the way of life, in out of the workplace.




Surrendering To Life & Your Superpowers | Ben Harris

Ben Harris is a fear mentor and intuitive guide. Rooted in his superpower, is his belief in himself and others. Ben is a testament to what possibilities arise when you conquer fear and trust your inner being. Like many, Ben Harris has experiences highs and lows in his life, including a financial investment into bitcoin before losing it all.

That’s when he learned the lesson of totally surrendering to his life.

For more, visit and be on the lookout for my new book, “You Don’t Have To Swallow Your Gun.”

Lt. Tom Dunn (ret), Working in the Middle of Nowhere, Alaska

Tom and Tessa Dunn sit down with the firefighter deconstructed and talk about what it’s like to work as a resident police officer in the middle of nowhere in Alaska. Tom Dunn is the founder of RESET Training and Consulting. He is a recently retired Lieutenant for the Alaska State Troopers (May 2020) who served the citizens of Alaska for over 25 years and is an FBI National Academy graduate of session 253. During his career, he worked in many communities with rural and urban community diversity. He is a certified instructor in several law enforcement disciplines and is a current Mental Health First Aid instructor who has provided instruction at the Alaska State Trooper Training Academy and all over the State of Alaska. Tessa Dunn is the co-founder of RESET Training and Consulting. The mission is to teach first responders and their families, new ways to cope with trauma and exhaustion in the workplace. RESET also partners with staff and families of special needs children. Tessa’s role in RESET will be co-teaching the workshops for spouses of first responders and educators. She is the event organizer and the biggest smile in the room.
RESET Training and Consulting offers training in Resiliency, Engaging and Empowering Communities, Soul Care, Employee Retention and mental health Training.
Tom & Tessa Dunn

Dennis Gillan

Dennis is the Executive Director of the Half of Sorrow Foundation.
Text HOPELINE to 741741 for free text based emotional support
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OWWW! You need a paper and pencil for this one everyone! If you follow my instructions, you could win a gift card, a t-shirt, or car decals. I really had to do that because today we are talking about funk music and how it relates to autism. There is more to funk then just dancing along with the fun beats. To me, it is a fun way to describe how someone on the autism spectrum works and how they function. This one is a fun episode with singing, getting funky, and of course, talking about autism. 

Note: Instead of publishing every 16 days, I am now doing it every 13 days due to multiple sponsorships.

15-Time Law Author & Mental Health Advocate | Frank Ramos

Frank Ramos is a partner at the Clarke Silvergate Law firm, he is regarded as one of the best lawyers in the country. Ramos has written 15 books for lawyers and serves as a mentor for young lawyers. In 2013, Frank was in a deep depression that consumed all of his relationships, tasks, thoughts, and projects.

Frank shares that those 2 years were the darkest of his life. Since then, he has become devoted to helping others. Listen as Frank shares his story.

For more, visit and be on the lookout for my new book, “You Don’t Have To Swallow Your Gun.”

Sgt Eric Weaver ret. Has Lived, Walked, and Talks Mental Health

Eric Weaver is a retired sergeant with the Rochester, NY Police Dept., where he served for twenty years from 1985-2005. He was a police sergeant for the RPD for the last 13 years of his highly decorated career. Prior to his employment with the RPD, he served as a Corrections Officer from 1983-1985 with the Ontario County, NY Sheriff’s Department. While with the RPD, he served in numerous positions within the Department, including numerous patrol assignments, the Tactical Unit, the SWAT team, and Internal Affairs. Eric’s last assignment for the Rochester Police Department was as Mental Health Coordinator, and was the creator, developer, and Commanding Officer of the first Crisis Intervention Team in NYS. The CIT is a specialized unit within the RPD that responds to calls within the Rochester community for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis. He continues to serve as a consultant with numerous police departments and their respective communities in NYS in the creation, development, training, and implementation of similar Crisis Intervention Teams, and has served as a leading consultant for the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services and NYS Office of Mental Health in developing CIT training throughout New York State. Eric is a consultant with the National Council for Behavioral Health, and serves as a National Trainer for the internationally recognized Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid programs. Eric served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer Consortium of New York, was a Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance’s (DBSA) group facilitator and a member of the DBSA National Speaker’s Bureau, and is currently a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-NYS Consumer Affairs Committee. He also serves as a Peer Review consultant for SpecPro Management Services, LLC regarding police mental health training on a state and federal level. Eric is also former pastor and served for several years as the Executive and Counseling Pastor of Crosswinds Wesleyan Church in Canandaigua, NY. Eric holds a certificate in Biblical Counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselors.



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