What happens when Veterans transition from military life to civilian life with limited or no support, or access to resources? They may find themselves in financial distress, experience family problems, and can even slip into depression...or worse, take their own lives. In this episode, we sit down with CEO and Founder of Victor Tech Gregory Jumes to explore how his app Victor can help thousands of Veterans in the Chicago area live their best lives.
Victor Tech, Inc.: https://www.victorapp.io/
Did you know that there are organizations out there that offer holistic healing treatments for Veterans who are suffering from physical as well as mental health challenges? In this episode, we talk to Eva M. Belanger, a decorated captain of the U.S. Air Force, with over nine years of service and wartime deployment. She currently serves as a fully licensed marriage and family therapist out of her own private practice in San Diego and is the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit Warriors Live On.
Warriors Live On: https://warriorsliveon.org/
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute: https://traumahealing.org/
Organic Intelligence: https://organicintelligence.org/
San Diego Veterans Coalition: http://sdvetscoalition.org/
San Diego Woman Veterans Network: https://sdwvn.org/
Some people find themselves drawn to a life of public service after being exposed to an emergency situation in their personal lives. In this episode, we talk to new EMT Andrew Gross and discuss how Andrew is channeling his traumatic experience as a patient at a young age into his love for treating others in emergency medical situations.
Sabrina Barella is using her experience as a former military wife to be an active voice in many military non-profits. She is also making it her mission to help end Veteran suicide by using her personal time and her business to help Veterans and their families. In this episode, Sabrina explains how anyone (civilians included) can help be a safe ear to Veterans and maybe help save a life in the process.
Understand Men and Women: http://understandmenandwomen.com/
Alison Armstrong - UnderstandMen.com: http://www.understandmen.com/
The Saluting Marine: https://thesalutingmarine.com/foundation
Veterans For Child Rescue: https://vets4childrescue.org/
The Victor App: https://www.victorapp.io/ (look for our podcast with the Victor App Founder in February 2019!)
Irreverent Warriors: https://www.irreverentwarriors.com/
Vet TV: https://www.veterantv.tv/
Did you know there are clinicians that specifically specialize in studying suicide and how to prevent it? I didn't! In this episode, I sit down with Suicidologist Dr. Blaire Schembari to learn more about her unique profession and some of the amazing studies and efforts underway to help prevent this epidemic.
National Crisis Hotline
1-800-273-8255 (Veterans press 1 at the menu)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
American Association of Suicidology: https://www.suicidology.org/
Make the Connection: https://maketheconnection.net/
New Year, New You? If you are ready to set some health and wellness goals, listen up! In this episode, we are super excited to chat with the one and only Officer Ashley Smith! Not only is she a badass female police officer, but she is also a health and fitness dynamo and works every day to help others...whether it's on the beat or in everyday life fitness.
We also talk about the stigma surrounding being a social media queen as well as the challenges she has endured working her way up through a male-dominated profession. You will love hearing her authentic and direct words of wisdom...and she is pretty hilarious too.
Are you struggling a bit dealing with the holidays? Is the stress too much to handle this season? And really, what is up with New Year's resolutions! Today, we meet back up with psychologist Dr. Kimberly Miller to explore ways to deal with family, cope with holiday stress, and other people's poop. Yes, poop. You won't want to miss it!
"Compassion fatigue" is a term that is becoming more widely known among people in the helping professions. But what is it? And how do we get out of it once we realize we are experiencing it? In this episode, we chat with psychologist Dr. Kimberly Miller who answers these questions and more!
There are many new emerging modalities for treating mental health challenges being discovered every day. Did you know that researchers are making breakthroughs in treating people with PTSD and depression with psychoactive substances? In this episode, we talk with Psychologist Dr. Ryan Stevenson and unpack a whole lot of topics relating to mental health treatment, survivors of sexual assault and abuse, veteran and student mental health, as well as the difference between PTSD and trauma.
Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0147516374/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U__YkkeCbMDTNPDE
Ecstasy: The Complete Guide: A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0892818573/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U__sckeCbZ4F6VGW
Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062429663/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U__cmkeCbXM1V9JC
MAPS involvement in research:
Other Treatment Options: https://heffter.org/
Did you know that clutter in your home can affect your mental health? While I always thought it was a just a pain in the butt, I never realized it can affect your mood and your outlook on life! In this episode, we chat with Clutter Queen Melisa Celikel, owner of Let's Get You Organized! about the steps you need to take to de-clutter your space and take back your mental health!
The Nation is celebrating Veterans this week, and we are honored to continue our conversations with Veterans who are making a difference by sharing their stories of courage surrounding mental health.
Today, we meet back up with Green Beret Special Forces Operator/Delta Force Medic Veteran Joe Hudak to go more in depth about what happened when he came home, his two suicide attempts, and what he did gain resilience, heal, and learn how to live his best life possible. And if you ever wanted to ask a Veteran a question, you now have the opportunity to ask Joe what you would love to know...yes, he is taking questions from our audience!
If you missed the first part of Joe's story, make sure you listen to it by clicking here: https://www.youroxygenmaskfirst.com/powerofastory-veteransuicide#joes-story
Bill Protzmann is a man of many hats. Not only has he been a successful businessman and an award-winning musician, but he has discovered how to use music to help heal those who have been affected by trauma by using music for self-care.
In 2011, he launched Music Care Inc, a for-profit corporation dedicated to providing education in music as adjunct treatment for post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety. In this episode, Bill talks about how music saved his life and how he is now helping others by showing them the power of music care.
Bill Protzmann Home: http://www.billprotzmann.com/
Practical Heart Skills: http://www.practicalheartskills.com/
San Diego Veterans Coalition: http://sdvetscoalition.org/
There is a very important conversation happening in America right now surrounding sexual assault. And while we had this interview scheduled long before some of the recent events unfolded, the timing couldn't be more important for her story to be told.
We are extending our deep-dive series on suicide prevention for veterans, and today I am honored to talk to Jalitza Cardona. She is a Veteran and a mental health advocate after surviving sexual assault and is now making it her mission to impress upon others that they are not alone…and that help is waiting for them.
Sexual assault is discussed but the specific acts or details of assault are not.
Warriors Live On Project: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Wounded Warrior Project: https://warriorsliveon.org/
In this episode, we talk with Stephen Padilla about how entrenching himself in the Veteran community has not only been beneficial for his wellbeing; but also shows that through therapy and community, there was a way out of a vicious circle of traumas. Steven a US Army OIF veteran who looked for IED's (roadside bombs) as well as aided in training the 12th Iraqi FER (Field Engineer Regiment) in 2009. He is also a Former Field Coordinator for the Western Region for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and is currently working to improve mental health care for veterans at the Get Headstrong Organization. Using his struggles as a motivator, he has had dinners with celebrities such as Kate Mara, Courtney Jai and has been invited to the Afghan Embassy and the White House to watch President Obama sign a Veterans Suicide bill into law.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): http://iava.org/
IAVA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IAVA.org/
Sometimes, regular talk-therapy isn't enough for Veterans to manage their mental health challenges. And sometimes, the spiritual injury from the things they have seen and done in wartime is too much to bear. That is why the incredible organization The Mighty Oaks Foundation exists.
In this episode, we sit down with Mighty Oaks Foundation Executive Director, and USMC Infantry Officer and Iraq Veteran Jeremy Stahlnecker to discuss "out of the box" solutions for Veterans suffering spiritually, dealing with additions, family difficulties, and the challenges they face transitioning back to civilian life...that are free.
Might Oaks Warrior Programs: http://www.mightyoaksprograms.org/
Learn more out their book "March or Die": https://mighty-oaks-store.myshopify.com/
Shad Meshad is a voice that encourages empathy for Veterans because he witnessed so much in Vietnam, as well as the shock of coming home to (at times) a hostile and dangerous homecoming from Americans.
Not only is Shad a soldier; he is also a mental health clinician and expert in PTSD. In this episode, we get to hear Shad's insight and stories of wartime; as well as what things Veterans need to survive and thrive after coming home.
CALL Life Line for Vets: 888.777.4443
National Veterans Foundation: https://nvf.org/
Blog on the Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com/author/shad-meshad
Book: Captain for dark mornings: A true story amzn.to/2x92vH2
Military Veterans face a whole new reality and set of challenges when they transition to civilian life. Imagine being a young adult who is just starting out in life being thrown into a life that is full of trauma, death, structure, and brother/sisterhood only to come home and be paralyzed by simple tasks like making decisions at the grocery store? How do you integrate back into a world that has not seen the horrors you have seen or understand what you have gone through? Today, Joe shares his raw story of how he was able to claw his way out of the darkness to living a life of compassion and how is he now educating others by sharing his own experience. And his wife Julie graciously shares what reality is like for their family supporting Joe through his challenges...and his mission.
The Meditation Initiative: https://www.meditationinitiative.org/
Warriors Live On: https://warriorsliveon.org/
Military OneSource: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/
Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about. And because of the stigma surrounding suicide, many survivors of suicide may feel shunned, guilty, and alone. But this needs to change to help end the vicious cycle. In this episode, we talk with Joyce Bruggeman, the Executive Director of the amazing organization Survivors of Suicide Loss in San Diego to discuss why sharing our stories of suicide is so important for not only healing, but to also help prevent others from taking their own lives. Joyce is joined by Floyd Strayer, a Veteran who is dedicating his time to share his own stories of how he has been affected by suicide.
Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL): https://www.soslsd.org/
SOSL’s 3rd Annual Ride for Life & After Party: https://www.soslsd.org/get-involved/sosls-3rd-annual-ride-for-life-after-party/
SOSL’s Walk in Remembrance With Hope: https://walkinginhopesd.rallybound.org/
In our first episode of The Power of the Story: Conversations Around Veteran Suicide, we sit down with William Felty and Sara Correll. Both William and Sara are integral members of the San Diego Veteran community and are working tirelessly to reach out to those Veterans and families that may be struggling. Learn why the current state of mental health help for Veterans is frustrating William and fueling his passion to ensure not another Veteran dies by their own hand.
William Felty email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Correll email: email@example.com
Battle Buddies: The 22 Push-up Challenge: https://www.youroxygenmaskfirst.com/powerofastory-veteransuicide#battle-buddies-22-push-up-a-day-challenge
Do you or someone you know need assistance in getting a psychiatric service animal? It can be daunting to jump through the hoops or even ask for help. In this episode, we sit down with Stephanie L. Taylor to discuss her journey to getting a service animal (even as a mental health clinician herself!) and her new book (Animals That Heal: The Role of Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals in Mental Health Treatment) aimed at helping others navigate this experience.
Animals That Heals: https://amzn.to/2BOc97h
Are you feeling burnt out? Are you ready to change your outlook on your helping profession but not sure how? Today, we talk to former 9-1-1 Dispatcher Ryan Dedmon of Kim Turner LLC and the 911 Training Institute to help answer these questions and why he says we should "be like a redwood tree."
Do you have kids? Do you struggle to understand them and how to connect with them? In this episode, Kristi Finney will explain to us how intuitive parenting helped her change her relationship with her kids for the better and how it also improved how she looks at herself.
Cell Phone: (775) 771-3497
Suicide rates for first responders are climbing. Today, we talk to suicide survivor and Project Code9 Ambassador Wendy Mcilwraith about her mission to take away the stigma around suicide and PTSD, and how she is changing the narrative through training and telling her story.
Code 9 Project:
"Code 9: Officer Need Assistance" Documentary: https://amzn.to/2NC3lCv
Bound By The Shield:
24-hour Crisis Call referral service for First Responders
https://www.safecallnow.org/ or Call: 206-459-3020
What does it mean to be “joyfully divorced?” Those are not two words you hear together very often! Today, we chat with Diane McDermott who is making it her mission to get rid of the stigma around talking about divorce and connecting those who are going through that transition. Find out what she has learned from her own personal experience and why she is using this opportunity to talk to us for her own healing!
Diane’s Blog https://cbbuyersagent.com/
Diane’s Book: The Badass Chicks Guide to Home Buying
Rising Strong – Brene Brown
She’s baaaaack! Amy Turner, the "No B.S. Sweetheart" and the founder of No B.S. Therapy is back for Round 2 on the Your Oxygen Mask First Podcast. Today, we are diving into Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) which is a special type of therapy (and her specialty) that combines aspects of traditional therapy with hypnosis to get those who are suffering to feel better and make breakthroughs in a fraction of the time of conventional therapy. Join us to find out how this can benefit you and why having support is SO important!
Find a RTT Therapist: https://findatherapist.marisapeer.com
What does practicing abundance and mindfulness have to do with your profession as a “helper”? Today we are joined by Alex and Sarah Dumas, owners and creators of Abundance Daily, who share with us some tips on how to bring wealth and prosperity to your real job or side-hustle.
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle: https://amzn.to/2KDCCI3
Outwitting the Devil – Napolean Hill: https://amzn.to/2lPfKHE
Have you ever wondered how to fit in work, attend to your family, obligations, and fit in time for fitness and wellness? Today we chat with Shelby Foster, the "Fitness Kook" to learn more about holistic fitness and why paying attention to your mind can help your fitness gains.
Connect and follow Shelby on the following social media:
Suicide rates among people in the helping profession are high right now, and we are seeing an overall rise in people taking their own lives across the country. Today, Erin shares a personal story and asks the question, “what can we do differently?”
*Warning: discussion of suicide but no graphic details*
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
"The Cure for an Anxious, Sucky Life, in Less than 550 Words": https://besomebody.com/advice/2018/06/17/cure-anxious-sucky-life-less-550-words/
Police Suicide Studies 2017: http://www.policesuicidestudy.com/id63.html
What does baking, bourbon, hobbies, and compassion fatigue have to do with your wellness as a “helper?” Today we sit down with Kory Linn, an 18-year veteran 9-1-1 dispatcher to discuss why there is more to you than just your job!
Baking and Bourbon: http://www.bakingandbourbon.com/
Compassion Fatigue: https://www.stress.org/military/for-practitionersleaders/compassion-fatigue/
Baking For Others: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/baking-for-others-psychology_us_58dd0b85e4b0e6ac7092aaf8
Imagine going from happy to sad, elated to defeated, exhilarated to exhausted all in the same hour! That is the real life of a 9-1-1 Dispatcher/Telecommunicator. Today, we sit down with 26-year 9-1-1 dispatch veteran Gabriela Jackson to hear about her unique experiences and challenges through her noble career.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this and all episodes of Your Oxygen Mask First are our own and do not reflect those of the agencies/cities/or municipalities we serve.
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be weightless? To float in water, completely supported and relaxed? In this episode, we sit down with Vee Carpenter, owner of True REST Float Spa in Chico, California to find out why float or “sensory deprivation tanks” are so beneficial to our well being, inside and out!
Check out her spa at:
Here are some of the other resources Vee provided to us that may be beneficial in your journey.
The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea by Michael Hutchinson: https://amzn.to/2xjGoRs
The Float Tank Cure: Free Yourself From Stress, Anxiety, and Pain the Natural Way by Shane Stott: https://amzn.to/2kwuMRX
Letters from the Void by Float ON: https://amzn.to/2IUmf5Q
How do you know when it is time to talk to a professional about mental health issues? How do you even go about finding someone who is a good fit for you? In this episode, we will chat with the "No B.S. Sweetheart" Amy Turner.
Amy Turner, MA, LMFT, LAADC has a degree in Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has well over seven years of providing healing for her clients and she will give us some amazing tips for understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health stress and tell us why finding a professional is like dating...whaaat?