A foundation supporting first responders who live with PTSD.
Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation. Episode 19: Matt Ross
Matt Ross, ill health retired Victoria Police veteran joins us to talk about his alcohol addiction. Matt is very open about his addiction journey and details ups and downs throughout this process.
Trigger warning, there are parts of this pod that can be confronting.
Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation. Episode 18: Ron Fenton
Ron Fenton. Victoria Police veteran who on 22 November 1984 was shot in the back of the head. Doctors gave him no chance to live, but those that know Ron will attest to the fact that you do not tell Ron these sort of things. He not only survived but got back to operational policing for near on two decades. He rolls around with 37 fragments of that bullet lodged in his head. Ron is now living with terminal cancer however that has not stopped him at all. His bucket list is being ticked off one by one and is completely at peace and has not been this happy for a long time. He is one remarkable person.
Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation. Episode 17: Phil Rooney
In this episode, Phil talks about his experiences of discovering that he was gay. From being at an all boys Catholic School in Ireland where he was surrounded by alpha boys, to being in San Francisco on a gap year, to telling his mum that he was gay, and everything in between.
The concept behind this episode is to show that like those that live with mental health conditions, those that are having their sexuality challenged, you are not alone. You will never be alone.
Phil's words on how he got through that period and the advice he would give a 13, 16 and 19 year old Phil are awesome.
Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation. Episode 16: Brent Macintyre.
Sergeant Brent Macintyre has been a police officer for 23 years both in Ottawa and Niagara. Brent has been the face of the Ottawa Wellness Unit since it first commenced operating in 2017 and he is the Peer Support Coordinator. In this podcast he talks about what wellbeing support was available to Ottawa Police officers before this, what he has learnt about the Ottawa Police Service and officer wellness, his views on why mental health wellness has come a long way in Ottawa over the past 3 years and what the hardest part of his role has been. He also talks about how he is currently taking some proactive psychological time-off after dealing with a recent officer suicide.
Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation. Episode 14: Nick Turkovich
Nick was a police officer for 25 years with the Anitoch Police Department in California. For 17 of those years he worked night shift in a town that was well known for its high crime rate, drugs and gang violence. Nick was exposed surely to the worst possible critical incident possible when he had to shoot his own brother who was threatening to kill his parents. He was responsible for establishing Anitoch PD's first ever peer support unit. Nick is now the peer support director at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat that provides a one week residential program for first responders struggling with PTSD.
Conversations with The Code 9 Foundation. Episode 13: Stuart Charlesworth
Sergeant Stuart Charlesworth is a sergeant with the Greater Manchester police and in 2012 was exposed to one of the worst critical incidents a police officer could attend. He was a supervising sergeant on the 18th September 2012 when two of his constables were ambushed and murdered. It took Stuart 4 years to seek help for his mental health and he tells us his story along with how stigma contributed to this delay in help-seeking and the importance of early intervention. He is also a Churchill Fellow and is waiting to come to Victoria Police as part of his research.
Listening to these podcasts are very helpful, for those people looking for help to cope as you are never alone.
Outstanding podcast and a tribute to Mark Thomas’ dedication to such an important challenge.