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Operation Tango Romeo, the Trauma Recovery Podcast

Operation Tango Romeo, the Trauma Recovery Podcast

By Mark Meincke
The Trauma Recovery Podcast for Military, Veterans, First Responders, and their families.

This podcast provides support whenever you need it, at your own pace. You will not be re-traumatized from listening, you won't hear "war-porn" on this show. This is all about connection, peer support, and recovery.

Listen at your own pace, on your own terms.

OP TR provides resources and tools for your recovery, but it's up to you to use these resources and tools.

If you can...try to Recovery Out Loud! When people see you recovering, it gives them the courage to recover also.
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EP#49. Therapist, Matthew Miller

Operation Tango Romeo, the Trauma Recovery Podcast

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EP# 72. Therapeutic entrainment music to start/end your day
Well being takes effort. When you wake up in the morning, instead of hitting the snooze button, and instead of checking your phone for emails and social media updates, ...take a moment for self care.  You deserve it.  And...your family deserves the best version of you, ...every day.  Please use headphones for the full effect.  Take at least 10 deep breaths in the beginning, and repeat as you wish.  First thing in the morning, sets your day up for success. Last thing before bed, helps to put your busy mind at rest.  Try 10 days in a row, and see how you feel.  You'll thank me for it. :)  Go to https://www.metamedicalsolutions.com/ for your free 7 day trial, and discover relief for nightmares, find a great night's sleep, reduce anxiety, and much more.  Go to your app store and download "MMS: Mobile Wellness" to find relief today
10:10
November 19, 2020
Ep# 71. Meta Medical Solutions, Dr. Pat O'Leary & Matthew Widmer
Do you suffer from a lack of sleep?  Do you have frequent nightmares like I do? Mine are EVERY night.   How about anxiety?  Do you wish you could find a non-chemical way to reduce anxiety? If meditation isn't for you, there may be a solution with Meta Medical Solutions.  All you need is a set of headphones or earbuds , and you can play this scientifically created music to find instant relief.  Go to https://www.metamedicalsolutions.com/ for a free 7 day trial. Or, check out "MMS: Mobile Wellness" on your app store.  #trauma, #recovery, #healing, 
27:15
November 17, 2020
EP. #70 You're not Broken....You're under construction
The tougher life is, the tougher you are.  Hard times makes for hard people.  Sometimes we feel broken...but if you're still breathing, you're not broken.  You're a survivor.  You're under repair.  Not everyone has made it this far...but YOU DID.  You're still here, and that's because YOU ARE STRONG.  You ARE a champion. 
06:21
November 12, 2020
EP# 69 Self Care for the week leading up to Remembrance Day/Veterans Day
My Grandfather, a WW2 Vet died on Remembrance day in 1996.  It's a tough day for many of us, and a tough week.  My wife started noticing I was edgy 2 weeks ago, as I was focused on Remembrance day 2020.  The other stressors of the US Election, and COVID are extra bricks in the ruck sack this year.  Here are some ideas of how to stay vigilant, and put extra effort into your self care this week.  #lestweforget
06:49
November 8, 2020
EP# 68. Intersex US Army Veteran: Morgan B.
Morgan and her fiancée Logan are an interesting couple.   Morgan is intersex, and Logan is a trans-man, two-spirit, and Metis.  I really did think that there were only 2 genders, but WOW was I wrong.  I know understand the how and why of a gender spectrum, and I'm so glad I've been enlightened.  Morgan suffers from PTSD as a result of her service, and has found great relief from Peer Support.  She has also found great relief, connection and learning from OP TR, which was wonderful to hear. 
43:40
November 5, 2020
October 31, 2020
00:53
October 31, 2020
Ep #67 Guided Meditation: how to find your calm, and instantly reduce your anxiety/anger
This is a 3 part strategy which I use, and it works for me.  When an anxiety attack hits, here are the 3 simple steps I use to over-come them.  1.  Acknowledge & Accept      Accept that you are feeling anxiety, and that it's unpleasant.  Accept that it's OK, and it's natural.   Anxiety happens, and it's just your turn right now.  Don't pretend it's not happening, and accept that it is not a sign of weakness.  It's OK, to not be OK.  2.  BREATH.  Take 3, slow, deep breaths, without thinking about technique.         Then, place your hands over the top of your belly, and keep breathing, feeling your belly expand on the inhale.  Breath at least 5-8 more times like this.  3.  Find any line to trace with your eyes.  Roof tops, fence lines, the outline of a tree, outline of a cloud.   Trace the outline from right, to left, SLOWLY.  Deep Breathing all the time.      If you don't have access to an outdoor view, then pick any object in a room.  Try to find the joint where the wall and the ceiling meet, and start there.   Slowly trace the line from right to left.   Take your time, and continue deep breathing while you do it. 
07:36
October 29, 2020
Ep. #66 Kurtis Sanheim on Christianity & Healing
Kurtis is an Army Veteran & former Movie star.  You can see him standing next to Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall in the movie, Open Range.  Today he owns a painting company, Veteran Painting (VP). Kurtis volunteers as a Christian outreach minister, and has dedicated a large portion of his life to helping others.  In doing so, he has also helped himself.  Selfless acts of kindness are the norm for Kurtis, and it is these acts which help Kurtis heal from trauma he as endured in his life. 
1:02:18
October 27, 2020
Ep #65. Dr. Sam Mills on MST, (military sexual trauma)
Dr. Sam (Sandra) specializes in Trauma, PTSD, TBI's etc.  She does a great deal of work with Military Sexual Trauma's.  Rape, sexual exploitation, sexual assault and sexual harassment are all trauma's which Dr. Mills helps people recover from.  This was a difficult episode, as I shared my own experience of being assaulted while in Basic Training.  It can happen to anyone.  This tends to be a Hot-Potato topic which is often avoided.  I'm happy to finally cover this topic on OP TR.  operationtraumarecovery.org for the full show list
40:57
October 26, 2020
EP# 64. John Senior on Peer Support VIA Zoom Calls
There are Pro's and Cons to both "in person", and "virtual" peer support meetings.   
48:38
October 23, 2020
EP# 63. John Senior shares the story of "The Fence"
I've heard the story more than a dozen times, but my understanding of it deepens every time.  ***Have Kleenex ready***
15:32
October 22, 2020
EP# 60. Why We Remember
This is a spoken-word piece I wrote last year.  It was narrated by Mayors across the country, and published in numerous papers, including the Toronto Star.  If you wish to read this at your school, or your remembrance day ceremony, please go ahead.  If you could pop me a note to let me know, that would be appreciated.  Why we remember To remember not only the fallen, but the sacrifices made by the living who have experienced horrors which are simply beyond the comprehension of the unindoctrinated. To acknowledge the sacrifice made by the families  of the fallen, and of all those who have served and who are still serving. Because nobody ever truly comes home from War. Only a version of yourself returns. A haunted version, whose very soul has been irreversibly stained by the realization that Satan is in fact real, and he does indeed cajole decent people into doing awful things. It’s the understanding of how unspeakably horrible one person can be to another. War forever taints’ you. Witnessing a flagrant disregard for the sanctity of life is not something you can unsee. It is this stain which affects every aspect of your civilian life, often for the rest of your life. We remember our soldiers because they bear a terrible burden, so that others will never have to carry the painful weight of freedom. To acknowledge the privilege we enjoy, of living in a peaceful country where our children can safely walk to school without the fear of their school being bombed. We remember, because we acknowledge that we can’t ever fully appreciate the sacrifices, so we remember in lieu of understanding. We remember, because it’s the best we can do, and the least we should do to honor our Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen both past and present. We remember, because they likely know the unforgettable smell of burning human flesh, and the sound of the screams of the burning. We remember them, because they can not forget. We remember, because the survivors often struggle from debilitating depression, relentless nightmares,  and uncontrollable anger. We remember because Veterans are at a much higher risk of suicide. We remember them, because many of them can never find peace. We remember them, because we don’t carry the burden of becoming them. On November the 11th, we will remove our hats,  stand for our two minutes of silence, and we will remember them.
04:04
October 22, 2020
EP# 62. What is Stolen Valour, and why does it happen?
Stolen Valor is NOT a victimless crime.  It diminishes the service of those who have earned their credentials through blood, sweat, and tears. 
15:24
October 21, 2020
EP# 61. The Rule of Five
Greg S. Reid Is a multi-best selling self-help author who first introduced me to the Rule of 5.  Following this rule is one of the single most important things you can do for your mental health, and success. 
10:34
October 20, 2020
Ep# 59 Dave Howard, Homes 4 Heroes, and Canadian Legacy Project
https://homesforheroesfoundation.ca/ https://www.canadianlegacy.org/ Dave Howard and his family, along with some amazing sponsors have created meaningful resources for Canadian Veterans.  It was a privilege to have him as a guest.
55:25
October 13, 2020
EP# 58. Philosophy matters
Stoicism, Momento Mori, Nihlism, Karma, an eternal game of Snakes & Ladders
17:25
October 9, 2020
EP#57. The Mask
The cover artwork is called "(De)Facing PTSD" and is used with the permission of the artist.   I call this "The Mask" . This is an amazing piece of art work by Danny Quirk.  This is my best attempt at explaining what "The Mask" means to me. 
06:13
October 5, 2020
EP# 56. Sherise Schlaht, Addictions therapist and Military Spouse
Substance Use And Support Services (S.E.U.S.S.) Contact Sherise Schlaht: sherise.schlaht@gmail.com or call her at: (403) 715-8888 She is available by ZOOM call, or in person at her office in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. 
34:51
September 30, 2020
EP# 55. Paul Glennie, R.C.M.P.
Paul Glennie is a current serving member of the RCMP.  He's also a former board member of the National Police Federation, which is the newly formed RCMP union.  Paul shares his story of PTSD, and recovery.
36:16
September 24, 2020
EP# 54. Ed Owens, "The Grief Recovery Method"
The Grief Recovery Method can be learned by the lay-person.  Ed Owens is a trainer, and practitioner, and shares the do's  and don'ts of supporting someone who is suffering through grief. 
28:06
September 24, 2020
EP# 53. Dennis Berry, Addictions Coach
Host of the Funky Brain Podcast, and Addictions Coach, Dennis Berry.
30:08
September 23, 2020
EP# 52. TV Star, and Veteran, Dr. Mike Simpson
From the History Channels hit show, "Hunting Hitler" Dr. Mike Simpson joins us to talk about the link between physical health, and mental health. https://drmikesimpson.com/ #history channel
44:39
September 23, 2020
EP# 51 PTSD and Social Media Apps
One of the most harmful aspects of PTSD is that it disconnects you from other people.  Social Media isn't social...it FURTHER disconnects you from other people, which AMPLIFIES the negative symptoms of PTSD.  I've deleted ALL of the SM apps from my phone, including...and especially Youtube.  It's super difficult, but it will get easier in time.  I challenge you to delete all the apps from your phone for 7 days.  It's WAY tougher than you think. 
09:28
September 21, 2020
EP#50. Me being a guest on "The Funky Brain" podcast
Dennis Barry is the host of "The Funky Brain" podcast.   His show focusses on addiction recovery, which is tends to be hand in hand with Trauma recovery.  This is a great conversation, and Dennis was a wonderful host. 
51:21
September 18, 2020
EP#49. Therapist, Matthew Miller
Veterans and First Responders are different ducks.  They don't think like, talk like, act like everyone else.  Matthew Miller has taken the time to better understand our community, so that he can do a better job of helping us.  Click HERE to visit his website, and contact him.  Please let him know you learned about him from this podcast.  
42:00
September 18, 2020
EP# 48. Cops need our support right now
Being a cop has always been a thankless job. But in our current climate, Police would be happy for the bygone days of a thankless community, compared to what they are currently enduring. Never before in modern history have Police officers been accused of being the worst of society.  Today, the reputation of Cops is constantly under attack by the media. And fringe groups who purport to have a noble agenda are paradoxically allowed by our Governments to wreak havoc on our cities without consequence. Entire city blocks have been burned, children have been murdered, and yet the Media all but ignores the backlash of the problem which they themselves are largely responsible for inciting. Well intended people have been duped into believing that roughly half of society are devout white supremists, and that visible minorities are being hunted and killed by the police.  The media bolsters this false narrative daily, which has created an incredibly unstable and explosive environment. When a group of people believes that they are in danger of being killed by the police, it’s only natural for a member of that group to be afraid, and resist arrest.  When you resist arrest, you are making a safe situation dangerous by escalating the force required to arrest you. If you comply with the orders of the Police officer, you are almost ALWAYS safe.  It is extremely rare that a compliant arrestee is harmed or killed as a result of the arrest. In those rare instances, the Police Officers are likely at fault, and deserve to be charged. Only improved training and selection practices can reduce these rare instances. A part of Policing which very few average people are willing to engage in,  is combat.  Most people have never been in a dangerous fist fight, but for Cops, getting into scraps is a common occurrence.  Some of these fights involve armed bad guys who are high on crystal meth, and who are nearly impossible to control.  When a crazed meth head charges at you with a knife, the only realistic response is to pull out your pistol and fire a few rounds into the center of the target.  The pollyantic fools who cry, “you should have shot them in the leg!” have no concept of the reality of combat.  There isn’t a Police Officer alive who has the training and skill to reliably make a “leg shot” against a crazed charging assailant.  And no, a Taser is not reliable enough to deploy in this situation either. Armchair critics are quick to judge and condemn the use of violent force, without having the faintest idea of the reality of a combat environment.  Many will recoil at the word “Combat”, by saying, “Combat is for a battle field, not for our streets! Our Cops are not soldiers!”   And, they would be wrong.  Combat is a violent “must win” altercation.  When someone is violently resisting arrest...that absolutely qualifies as Combat.  It’s not the police who initiate the Combat...it’s the person being arrested who creates the Combat situation, which the Police have no choice but to respond to with force. Listen to this podcast for the rest..and some ideas on how to muscle through this time. 
22:22
September 16, 2020
EP# 47. Me being interviewed on the Uptalk Podcast
Hollywood star, Kristen Bell was a guest on this podcast...now it's my turn?  Okee dokee!   The Uptalk Podcast is available on several platforms.  Apple, Spotify, Google, whichever floats your boat. Sean is a great host, and we had a great chat.  Shout outs to: Devon Larratt, Matt Mask, John Senior, Tracey McKinnon, Theo Fleury, Jessica Van der Hoek, The Rolling Barrage, Military Minds, Dr. Jody Carrington, Scott Casey, Veterans Association Food Bank, ....all of whom were mentioned in this Podcast.
1:23:38
September 15, 2020
EP#46. Dr. Robb Kelly, the #1 Global expert on addictions
Dr. Robb is the #1 expert in the world on addiction recovery.  He shares his findings on the link between PTSD and addictions, and SO MUCH MORE! He's been featured on CBS's "The Doctors", and several other international TV shows.  Dr. Robb Kelly has also been a guest on numerous radio shows across North America. To listen to his own podcast, click HERE Watch this episode on Youtube HERE
36:49
September 15, 2020
EP# 45 It's OK to not be OK
Thank you Theo Fleury for reminding me that it's OK to not be OK.  Also, thank you for reminding me how important it is to recover out loud. To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
12:45
September 10, 2020
EP# 44. Lisa Sabatini, former Military Spouse
Formerly a spouse of a Military member, Lisa shares her struggle, her injuries, and her recovery.  Now, she is helping others recover from secondary trauma.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
33:34
September 9, 2020
EP# 43. How to answer the question, "Have you ever killed anyone?"
This is a very sensitive topic...I get it.  Please forgive me if this triggers you.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
08:34
September 6, 2020
EP# 42. The #1. barrier to transitioning to civilian life
Transition to civilian life is hard, and for many people, the struggle never ends.  Understanding the difference between who you are, and what you do, or used to do, is a vital component for successful transition.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
16:29
September 6, 2020
EP# 41. D.I.S.C. The four Personality types
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuTSbiwFqOo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PquFBAskYjs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDwcDD2Cio4 To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
21:57
September 4, 2020
EP #40 Dave Bona, Mefloquine Poisoning / Quinism
Agent Orange, Mefloquine, PCB's, ... Soldiers are often exposed to toxic, and even lethal substances with the full knowledge of their superiors.  This puts the Government on the hook, and they cover their ass every single time.  Deny, Deny, Deny.... Here is how to know if you have Mefloquine poisoning, and what to do about it.  Mefloquine is also known as Lariam, Tafenoquine, Krintafel, and Arakoda. Dr. Remington Nevin,  https://remingtonnevin.com/index.html https://atip-aiprp.apps.gc.ca/atip/welcome.do The Quinism Foundation https://quinism.org/ https://foothillsintegrative.com/ https://innergycomprehensive.ca/ http://www.drzukiwski.com/ http://neurofield.org/provider-directory/ http://www.kipn.org/ https://brockpsychologicalservices.com/our-team/ https://veteranshouse.ca/ Symptoms of mefloquine poisoning The term “quinism” may seem new, but the symptoms of poisoning by mefloquine (previously marketed as Lariam®), tafenoquine (marketed as Krintafel® and Arakoda™), chloroquine (marketed as Aralen®), and related quinoline drugs are all too familiar: Tinnitus. Dizziness. Vertigo. Paresthesias. Visual disturbances. Gastroesophageal and intestinal problems. Nightmares. Insomnia. Sleep apnea. Anxiety. Agoraphobia. Paranoia. Cognitive dysfunction. Depression. Personality change. Suicidal thoughts. These symptoms are not “side effects”. They are symptoms of poisoning by a class of drug that is neurotoxic and that injures the brain and brainstem. This poisoning causes a disease, and this disease has a name: Chronic quinoline encephalopathy — also known as quinism. If you have any American vets asking about mefloquine poisoning share with them Bill Manofsky’s contact https://www.facebook.com/bill.mnnnnnn  
37:27
August 29, 2020
EP# 39 Recover Out Loud
There is only ONE way to reduce the stigma, and that's to Recover Out Loud. Every time you are open about the fact that you are injured by Trauma, you are signalling to others, that it's OK to talk about it.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
16:56
August 28, 2020
EP# 38, Doctoral Candidate, Danae Laut on Military Family Resilience.
Secondary trauma affects our children, and our spouses.  Danae is now doing a research project to better understand what those impacts are, and how to minimize them.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
20:32
August 4, 2020
EP# 37 Bruno Guevremont, North Pole Explorer, The Vets Brigade
Bruno  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
39:25
June 18, 2020
EP# 36, Colette & Gary Benoit
EP# 36, Colette & Gary Benoit Benoit Wellness Consulting  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
30:45
June 18, 2020
EP# 35, Scott Casey, President of Military Minds, and founder of The Rolling Barrage
EP# 35, Scott Casey, President of Military Minds, and founder of The Rolling Barrage To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE #therollingbarrage #militaryminds
45:20
June 18, 2020
EP# 34. Ultra Marathoner and sexual assault survivor, Laura Townsend
"ME TOO", the two most powerful words you can utter to start your journey of recovery.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
36:18
June 14, 2020
EP# 33, the 4 stages of PTSD Recovery
1. Unconscious Incompetence 2. Conscious Incompetence 3. Conscious Competence 4. Unconscious Competence To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
19:32
June 11, 2020
EP# 32. What it's like to live with an OSI / PTSD
It doesn't matter what the source of your trauma was, the effects on your life are predictable.   Life is hard, and PTSD makes it harder.  In this episode I talk about how PTSD has affected me directly.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
23:58
June 1, 2020
EP# 31. How to have a conversation about Suicide, with the Suicide Prevention Pledge Card
It's natural to avoid tough conversations, and talking about Suicide is certainly a tough one to have.  The Suicide Prevention Pledge Card provides you with a powerful tool to make the conversation a whole lot easier.  Having the card in my wallet has helped me brush the thoughts of suicide away more easily.  The card has also allowed me to intervene when others are in crisis.  My family members are also relieved to know that I carry the card as a symbol of my commitment to NEVER die by suicide.  If you would like me to speak to your department about how to use this card, just let me know.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
11:21
May 19, 2020
EP#30. Dr. Jody Carrington, Canadian Best Selling Author of "Kids These Days", on Trauma Recovery
Dr. Jody Carrington specializes in Trauma, and Trauma recovery.  She is a spectacular and entertaining speaker who has dedicated her life to supporting the healing and health of others.  This is an episode you won't want to miss, and you might want to share. :) To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
50:11
April 29, 2020
EP# 29. Embrace the Suck! With Vince Fowler
To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE Vince Fowler , a master business coach, and Army Veteran shares the importance of embracing the suck. 
47:19
April 11, 2020
EP #28. COVID19 related stress, and how to lessen it
The Zombie Apocalypse is fun as long as it's on TV, but now that we are heading in that direction in real life...it's a little less fun. COVID19 is causing extra stress for everyone, but those who are in Trauma Recovery are more susceptible to being overwhelmed.  Tune in, and share this episode to learn some practical skills in dealing with this pandemic, as it relates to your mental health.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
15:33
March 19, 2020
EP# 27 Terrance Kosikar PHD. PTSD survivor, and founder of Camp My Way
Camp My Way Terrance shares his unreal story or recovery. From a Traumatic Child hood, to being homeless, and a substance abuser, Terrance transformed himself into being a force for good.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
45:27
February 21, 2020
EP# 26 QOV, Quilts of Valour, after surprising 2 Veterans with Quilts
https://www.quiltsofvalour.ca/ To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
13:04
February 19, 2020
EP# 25 Kim Barthel, Co-Author of Conversations with a Rattlesnake
To visit Kim's website, click HERE You can also visit her on Facebook HERE Or visit Kim & Theo on Facebook HERE  Kimberly Barthel is the co-author of Conversations with a Rattlesnake, with NHL Super-star, Theoren Fleury.  She is also a world-renowned speaker and therapist in the area of Trauma.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
38:19
February 18, 2020
EP# 24 What types of jobs / businesses suit PTSD survivors?
Until you've made the journey to recovery, your symptoms may restrict the type of work you do.   Being in a self-employment situation is helpful, or a job which provides you with a lot of independence.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
08:16
February 13, 2020
EP#23 NHL superstar, Theo Fleury on Mental Health and Trauma Recovery
Theo Fleury was an NHL superstar, and now he is a mental health advocacy super star.  He shares incredible insight in this conversation.  To watch on youtube, click here Thank you to #14 for making the time to join us, and for sharing your story.  Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
1:32:30
February 13, 2020
EP #22 Dr. Robert Perkins
Expert on treating PTSD without medication.  Dr. Perkins has 2 PHD's, and is a world renowned expert.  He is also an expert in CISD.  Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
27:36
February 12, 2020
EP #21 Dharma, the power of knowing and following your purpose
Inspired by the book, Why not Me? Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
13:19
January 28, 2020
EP #20, Liz Duerholt, founder of Redefin'd Calgary
https://www.redefindcalgary.org/ Trauma, is Trauma, is Trauma.   The end result is the same for Veterans and First Responders, as it is for anyone else.  The effects of trauma disconnect you from the rest of society, and can result in addiction, and homelessness.  Peer Support done right has been clinically proven to aid in trauma recovery. Support OP TR by donating HERE
39:55
January 27, 2020
EP#19 The #1 Barrier to Healing & how to overcome it.
EP#19 The #1 Barrier to Healing & how to overcome it The meat and potatoes of this episode comes from Key#13 of the book, "Why not Me? the keys to unlock your power and release your potential. Personal development is for everyone, but the more you are injured by Trauma, the more you need to take your personal development seriously.  If you don't...you will suffer from your choice to remain the same.  To purchase a copy of "Why not Me?", click HERE Support OP TR by donating HERE
21:41
January 22, 2020
Ep# 18 How to prevent suicide for yourself, and others ***course language...because fuck suicide***
ENOUGH!!!  Enough of the BS.  John Senior and Mark Meincke get REAL about suicide, what causes it, how to spot someone who is suicidal, how to prevent it, and how to be effective at suicide intervention.  Learn the tools you need to save a life.  Learn how to save your own life.  And ffs...share this episode.   Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566 Available 27/7/365          Or text "start" to 45645 between 4pm-midnight ET Veterans Affairs Canada Crisis Line: 1-800-268-7708 for Canadian Veterans, spouses of Veterans, and children of Veterans up to the age of 21.  This line also includes free counselling for Veterans and their families.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
42:39
December 4, 2019
EP# 17 How to start the healing process
In this episode, we provide the listener with permission to heal.  Self respect, and self love are not easy...so here are some tools to build yourself.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
28:14
November 19, 2019
EP#16 Choosing anger VS healing ***some course language***
#offended Why we get more angry than other people, and how to not.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
30:19
November 19, 2019
EP# 15 ****some course language*** The power of Choice, and knowing when to STOP
STOP Stop Take a breath Observe Proceed On this episode we discuss the biggest "douchebag" comment ever.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
29:53
October 29, 2019
EP# 14 with Jessica van der Hoek on DMT, Ayahuasca, and Equine Assisted Therapy
Also available on Youtube, on the Meincke Show Podcast channel.  #dmt, #ayahuasca,  Support OP TR by donating HERE
27:24
October 26, 2019
EP# 13 Active listening, the MOST powerful skill you can have as a peer supporter
The #1 Human Emotional Need is Affirmation.  The #1 way to give the gift of affirmation is to be a skilled active listener.  Active listening is the skillful act of affirming another person, while investigating their feelings with care and compassion.  Using an investigative communications model known as the Pain Funnel, you can be a world class listener. ***the pain funnel is a TM intellectual property of Sandler Training*** I hope they don't mind that I've adapted it for this purpose.  Please don't sue me! Support OP TR by donating HERE
22:54
October 3, 2019
EP #12 Shelagh Cox from the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC)
MFRC Veteran Family Program Coordinator  https://www.cafconnection.ca/ Support OP TR by donating HERE
28:47
September 23, 2019
EP #11, Overcoming depression with the power of purpose.
Places to Volunteer: Local Food Bank, homeless shelter, teaching Adult Literacy, teaching child literacy, walking shelter dogs, ... Activities  better than TV, or social media: Any course, cooking, auto-repair, another language, the gym, .... Support OP TR by donating HERE
08:42
September 21, 2019
EP #10, How to start the process of recovery ****course language****
When do you know you need help? How do you start the process? Support OP TR by donating HERE
24:04
September 11, 2019
EP #9 Healing happens....but there is no silver bullet ***course language***
This is a long hard road....it's a good road, but it is not an easy one.  It takes you to a good place, but not without a whole lot of effort.  Trauma recovery is about the journey...there isn't a destination of "cured"  Support OP TR by donating HERE
21:51
September 11, 2019
EP #8. THANK YOU!!! to QOV, Quilts of Valour
N, Christie created the "Sunshine Quilt", which was gifted to me in May of 2017.  I'm incredibly blessed and grateful to receive such an amazing gift.  Thank you to all the Quilt of Valour Quilters for the amazing love, effort, and care you put into every stitch of each quilt.  Your love is felt.  #quiltofvalour,  https://www.quiltsofvalour.ca/ Support OP TR by donating HERE
06:16
September 10, 2019
EP: #7, the tendency to minimize our service, or the service of others
Douche-baggery is running amok, and OP TR is providing a counterbalance.  What is a Veteran? Who is the toughest first responder? What trade is the toughest? Support OP TR by donating HERE 
26:20
September 10, 2019
EP#6 How to NOT wreck your camping trip **course language***
Peer Support facilitator John Senior joins the podcast to talk about how NOT to be an asshole.  - practical tools on how NOT to wreck the camping trip - re-framing Support OP TR by donating HERE
22:12
September 3, 2019
EP# 5. Trauma has an Echo, part 2
****warning course language**** Peer support facilitator John Senior joins the show to drill deeper on "Trauma has an echo" Support OP TR by donating HERE
22:31
September 3, 2019
EP#4. Coping VS Healing
Coping makes room for healing, but it can also create a dangerous trap.  If all you ever do is cope, you will not heal.  There must be a balance, and you must include Healing into your recovery plans.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
12:25
August 28, 2019
EP3: Trauma has an Echo
Secondary trauma is what happens when the signs and symptoms of PTSD affect the people around you.  Support OP TR by donating HERE 
10:50
August 28, 2019
EP# 2. What is PTSD / OSI, what causes it, and what are some symptoms?
Operational stress INJURY, is a term I prefer to PTSD, because it is more accurate.  It is an injury, not a sickness.  You are not alone.  Listen to this episode, and see if you can relate.  Please leave comments, and share a link to this show on social media, or text it directly to someone who may benefit.  ***Discaimer*** In this episode, I used the acronym TBI as interchangeable with PTSD.  This isn't accurate.  The effects are similar, but not the same, and the modality of injury is not exactly the same.  Oopsy!  Remember, I am NOT a clinition.  I'm working hard to get the details right, but will miss the occasional tid-bit like this one.  The message however is the same. Bottom line on this episode....and OSI / PTSD, is an INJURY, not a sickness, or disorder.   Support OP TR by donating HERE
24:11
August 26, 2019
Episode #1. What is Operation Tango Romeo? + Do's and Don't of Peer Support
Are you recovering from Trauma?  Do you want to help someone who wants to recover from Trauma?  Subscribe, and share this show right now, and take the first step. Share the link to this Podcast on Social Media, and/or text it directly to someone you know  Join the Operation, and help to save lives, and relieve suffering.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
14:02
August 22, 2019