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(R) Sergeant Kristi Tausinga kicks PTSD, Addiction and Dept Betrayal's Ass

Kristi Tausinga sits down with the firefighter deconstructed and talks about being a female cop, getting addicted and then unaddicted to painkillers. This woman is one strong lady! She was diagnosed with PTSD and survived a suicide attempt. And on top of all that, she was totally abandoned by her administration. She was sexually assaulted at work by a supervisor and then was written up for engaging in sexual activities while at work. Her passion now is to reach out to those who are suffering and to spread the word that there is help and to smash the stigma – it’s actually courageous to ask for help!!

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133:Into The Octagon With The Southpaw And G-Money

Today, meet Serena “Southpaw” DeJesus and Garrett “G-Money” Hoelve, two MMA fighters that do just that, fight in the Octagon by pursuing their dreams, regardless of autism and down-syndrome. G-Money’s dad, Mitch, joins us too. What inspirational people that are moving mountains like me. DeJesus is breaking down barriers for those in the autism world and G-Money doesn’t worry about any labels: he simply wants to be a fighter. This time, join my mom, Gina, and me as we talk about MMA, abilities, and building a world without judgment and stigma.

MMA, Mental Health & Love | Mavrick & Gwen

A pioneer in MMA, Mavrick is also an entrepreneur. Mavrick also has a background as a movie and TV personality. Mavrick’s career took off after becoming the bodyguard for Janet Jackson.

Mavrick launched a successful MMA career with 32 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw, including 5 World Titles.

Mavrick still wanted more. He went on a spiritual journey before eventually finding his wife Gwen, who has her own impressive resume.

Listen as the two discuss their lives along with their own perspective on the issues of mental health & addiction.

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

Delta Force CSM Tom Satterly & His Hero, Jen Satterly

THE Tom Satterly and his wife Jen sit down with the Firefighter Deconstructed. Who are these people? Well Tom spent 20 years in Delta Force, the most elite special forces unit there is. Tom is a legend even among other Tier One special operators. He was in the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down) and the capturing of Saddam Hussein. He survived incredible feats of war but he almost didn’t survive PTS. Who is Jen? The woman who stood by Tom and went through tough times helping Tom get to the other side. Now they both work non stop to help their brothers and sisters in the military and first responders who have PTS.
Jen Satterly spent three years as Director of Film and Photography with an elite military company and was fully embedded in Special Operation training missions. She is the Co-Founder and Chief of Programs of their nonprofit, All Secure Foundation, and speaking alongside Tom about the challenges that spouses and families deal with both during deployment and coming home.
All Secure by Tom Satterly
Arsenal of Hope: Tactics for Taking on PTSD, Together by Jen Satterly

Emotional Healing & Fulfillment | Eric Almeida

Eric is an emotional healer whose focus is on helping others. Eric has a passion for helping his clients embrace their true selves. Founder of Eric EFT, dedicated to self-fulfillment, Eric has the ability to help others remove the emotional weight from their past to embrace their inner strength, passion and dignity.

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

Police Officer Scott Medlin, Addiction, Recover, and Staying Healthy

Super kind and fun Scott Medlin sits down with The Firefighter Deconstructed and talks about the toll the job takes and strategies to get and be healthy. Scott has 17 years of experience in the military and law enforcement. Scott shares his own struggles with mental health and addiction from trauma experienced while in combat in Iraq and on the job as a police officer. He has authored two books about health in law enforcement. He has a passion to help others and help stop the stigma and stop first responder suicides.

NEW to MHNR Network!!  Safe Haven Space: Focusing on the Mental Health & Well-Being of Refugee & Immigrant Students, Families, and Communities


Safe Haven Space, a podcast hosted by Egette Indelele, dedicated to learning through the stories of refugees and immigrants, amplifying their voices so that we may work to create a global community that is a Safe Haven Space.

“It’s really important that we hear directly from the source, that we ask and listen to their stories, their experiences, and how they would like to be supported, and the things they’d like to see.  It’s imperative that we center them and learn from them.” – Egette Indelele 

Egette Indelele, CEO & Founder of the non-profit organization, Safe Haven Space brings her personal experiences as a refugee, her professional experiences as a registered behavioral technician together with the stories of other refugees and immigrants to provide a safe place to discuss how to help the mental health and mental wellness within this often ignored community.  Many having had to deal with true hardships and loss before even arriving, combined with the struggles of a new life of transition and immense change when simply surviving is often the first priority, must now learn how to flourish.  Within this population, many have little understanding regarding mental health and mental well-being, and Safe Haven Space aims to help.

Safe Haven Space aims to not only provide a stage for those struggling to share their stories, but also for those listening, a place to feel a little less alone. Egette is also utilizing it as a platform to learn how to better serve the refugee and immigrant community.  As Safe Haven Space began their journey into podcasting their aim was not only to provide help to listeners in their episodes but to also use it as a place to learn, as an organization, how to better present effective interventions for those that they help through their organization.


About Mental Health News Radio Network

Mental Health News Radio Network hosts over 90 podcasts dedicated to all aspects of mental health. It is the world’s first and largest podcast network dedicated to all things mental health. Its Speakers’ Bureau and filmed series such as Mixed Nuts: Comedians and Mental Health allow it to further its mission to reach as many people in as many places as possible to encourage dialogue about mental health.

About Egette Indelele, Founder & CEO of Safe Haven Space

Egette Indelele was born and raised in a refugee camp in Tanzania. She is the oldest of five children and a first-generation honor college student at George Mason University. She is studying Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive and Behavior Neuroscience in hopes of opening her own practice in Burundi and emphasizing the importance of mental health while serving children with the hope of healing their traumatic life events. Egette’s work with Safe Haven was inspired by her experience as a refugee. She founded Safe Haven to help refugee students resettle in a new world while having access to mental health services. With a passion to help children, she became the President of a UNICEF club at George Mason University. The club gave her the opportunity to advocate for children’s rights and educate her university community on the importance of helping the younger generation. She extended her passion and is now serving on the United Nation International Children Emergency Funds USA National Council. She also manages a program where members and volunteers mentor and tutor elementary-aged children at a local community center that serves refugees transitioning to life in America.

About Safe Haven Space

Safe Haven Space is an organization centered around educating and providing programs for immigrant and refugee students and families on the importance of well-being and mental health as well as providing mental health services to assist students in becoming self-confident so they can integrate into American society successfully. They help students, parents, and families learn about mental health with hopes of breaking the stigma and creating a support base. By educating students as well as parents about mental health Safe Haven Space hopes to lessen the stigma around mental health and create a sense of support for students and families. They do this by teaching students what psychological well-being looks like, the different ways it can affect the human body, and the consequences when young people do not get the mental health care they need. They work with students’ families to break the stigma that is commonly held in immigrant and refugee households, encouraging unity within the family by offering them ways to practice and incorporate a variety of psychological fitness exercises.

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132:The Rest Is History By Jason McElwain

Join me as we talk to Jason McElwain. On February 15, 2006, his life changed because he made 20 points in a single basketball game. Fifteen years later, he has met Peyton Manning, George W. Bush, and has been a longtime basketball coach. He has also written a book called “The Game of My Life” and a film is being made about his life called “The Magic of J-Mac.” Jason has autism, but as you listen today, you will know that having autism has not held him down.




When Your Mind Feels Like A Prison | Johnny Crowder

Johnny Crowder began exhibiting symptoms of mental illness at the ripe young age of 3, and it didn’t let up for a decade or two. His abuse-ridden adolescence was sprinkled with suicidal thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and some pretty eye-catching acne. In short, it wasn’t pretty—and neither was he. Crowder pursued a degree in psychology from UCF—that is, until his band, Dark Sermon, got signed and he left campus to tour the universe. Although he finished his degree on the road, he learned more about the human psyche through his travels than he ever could in a classroom. After years of intense therapy and heavy medication, Crowder is now functioning healthily without the use of either. In their place, he’s developed effective strategies that allow him to maintain a sound mind and body throughout his journeys with his new band, Prison, whose music addresses his difficult past and encourages others to persevere.

Kaia Downing's Story of Husband Brad Downing's PTSD

Kaia Downing is married to Brad Downing, who was on last week. Kaia was a police officer for ten years and is now a parole officer. Kaia shares her story of being married to someone with PTSD. We discuss what it’s like raising children when your spouse is angry, irrational, and detached. Kaia has the unique understanding of what it’s like to be a police officer and be the spouse of one. This discussion is a very good one and I am sure many many spouses and families out there will relate and find that they are not alone.
Movie: The Female Brain


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