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PAX West Mash up!

PAX West was at the start of September and we are proudly able to be in the Diversity Lounge talking about mental health and suicide prevention. I took a morning to talk with several different people about what games helped and is continuing helping them through COVID and also got to hear stories from their lives.

 

https://www.paxsite.com/

 

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Website: https://centerforsuicideawareness.org/

Text HOPELINE to 741741 for free text based emotional support

Podcast: https://centerforsuicideawareness.podbean.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CenterForSuicideAwareness

Twitter: @Cntr4Suicide 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cntr4suicide/

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/centerforsuicideawareness

Discord: https://discord.gg/VAv2qCF

https://www.mentalhealthnewsradionetwork.com/

Alitu Referral: https://alitu.com?fp_ref=centerawareness

 

Retired Officer Albert Veldstra, How 30 years as a cop and an Officer Involved Shooting affected him and his family

Albert Veldstra, who has 30 years as a police officer in Stanislas County in the California central valley, sits down with the FF deconstructed and tells his story of how 30 years on the job and an officer involved shooting affected him and his family. He talks about how he recovered and now helps struggling first responders heal and find hope. You are going to love this guy.

Former Dispatcher Ricardo Martinez, #iam911

Founder of the #Iam911 movement, former 911 dispatcher Ricardo Martinez sits down and shares his story on this episode. Ricardo is the host of the Within the Trenches podcast and is about to release episode 400. He is doing amazing work for dispatchers throughout the country. His passion is sharing the stories of dispatchers and helping them process the trauma they experience on the job. He has started his own media company, hosts and participates in conferences, all dedicated to dispatchers. I really can’t say enough about this guy. You just gotta listen.

https://www.withinthetrenches.net/bizcard

Dr. Rachel Kowert

Dr. Rachel Kowert is the Research Director for the Non-Profit Take This and is the Science Content Creator of Psychgeist on Youtube.

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Website: https://centerforsuicideawareness.org/

Text HOPELINE to 741741 for free text based emotional support

Podcast: https://centerforsuicideawareness.podbean.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CenterForSuicideAwareness

Twitter: @Cntr4Suicide 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cntr4suicide/

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/centerforsuicideawareness

Discord: https://discord.gg/VAv2qCF

https://www.mentalhealthnewsradionetwork.com/

Alitu Referral: https://alitu.com?fp_ref=centerawareness

 

Ellen Kirschman PhD, How to Love a Firefighter

Ellen Kirschman, known as the Cop Doc, is a clinical psychologist that specializes in treating first responders and has been for doing for years and years and years. She is the author of “I Love a Cop” and the recently released second edition of “I Love a Firefighter”. Ellen talks about the specific mental health issues that Wildland firefighters and their families face. We also talk about the importance of seeing a culturally competent therapist and the reasons why. Ellen is a invaluable resource of knowledge and experience in taking care of first responders and our mental health. She is no nonsense and says, “The stigma is stupid!” Ellen also writes fiction and is a clinician at WCPR.

Former Firefighter Josh Johnson Wandered Lost Until He Asked For Help

The amazing Josh Johnson, former firefighter, shares his story of getting PTSD and the agony of not knowing where to turn to for help. The point came where Josh’s only answer he could find was almost killing himself with alcohol. He went to work to ask for help and ended up getting fired. Josh truly is an inspiration as he went from trying to kill himself to the incredible attitude and viewpoint that he has now. His focus now is passing this message on to others so they don’t end up suffering a lone as he did for so long. Josh articulates his story very well. I have a good feeling we will hear from him again on this show.

www.3forthelove.com
joshrjohnson81@yahoo.com

Tessa Dunn – Rockstar Wife That Held a First Responder's Family Together

Tessa Dunn is on the show! Tessa is the wife of Tom Dunn, who was on the show a few months ago. She stood by Tom’s side as he worked as a Alaska State Trooper. She raised a couple of kids and took care of the family out in the middle of nowhere. When Tom became a State Trooper little did they know That Tessa would became part of the job and experience her own trauma plus helping Tom deal with his trauma. Her and Tom have started Reset Training and Consulting where they help first responders with stress on the job through training in Resiliency, Engaging and Empowering Communities, Soul Care, Employee Retention and Training. Tess is a positive force to be reckoned with! You can’t help but feel good after listening to Tess talk and share her story.

www.resettrainingandconsulting.com

Conrad Weaver, Producer of the Film, PTSD911

The Firefighter Deconstructed sits down with Conrad Weaver, an award winning filmmaker, producer and president of Conjo studios. Conrad is making a documentary film about us, about what first responders go through on the job and the price we pay for doing what we do. The film i scalled 911PTSD. He is traveling all over the united states recording our stories. His goal of the film is to create awareness and help smash the stigma around mental health for first responders. Near the end of the podcast Conrad and I talk about how he had to change careers and find a new purpose. He talks about how he did this and keeps his eyes on his purpose every day. I found it very inspiring.

Where to find Conrad and film info:

https://conjostudios.com/
linktr.ee/ptsd911movie
https://ptsd911movie.com/
To Donate to the film: https://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/fiscalsponsorship/projects/ptsd911
https://conjostudios.com/
https://twitter.com/PTSD911Movie
https://www.facebook.com/ptsd911movie

The Similarities of a TBI and PTSD, ret CHP Sgt Paula Siddens

Paula Siddens is a retired Sergeant with the California Highway Patrol with 30 years of service. Paula sustained a serious Traumatic Brain Injury while riding her bike down Mt. Diablo. She was lucky to even survive the accident. Paula and I have also been friends for quite some time but it’s been a long time since we have seen each other.. We recently met up at a training session for the support dog training program, First Response K9. We started talking about my PTSD and her Traumatic Brain Injury. We found that so many of our symptoms were the same. Similar family issues and collateral damage also came up. On this episode we talk about Paula’s accident and the similarities of our journeys. This episode helps to demonstrate how PTSD/PTSI is a true physiological brain injury, not just some emotional problem.

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