Mental Health - Real Stories - Real People
This podcast is about mental health and PTSI. Admitting you have struggled with mental health is probably one of the hardest things to do, listen, share and help us end the stigma surrounding mental health.
The Downtown Eastside
A Paramedic that feels it is an honour to serve the citizens who are struggling on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Even though he battles depression himself, he loves what he does and feels like he is contributing to society by helping others.
Canada is supposed to be a civilized country and an extremely wealthy country. But there are thousands of stories from people who have lost their way and have ended up homeless in Vancouver.
85 percent of people on the street have mental health issues, and drugs and alcohol complicate the situation.
Research shows that you need to start with a roof over your head and have support before you can even begin to address the other issues.
Dedicated first responders and support workers are the foot soldiers, savings dozens of lives each and every day on the eastside of Vancouver, and they never stop, working 24/7.
Through the eyes of a Millennial
A 24-year-old school teacher speaks about the experiences of his generation. From the understated effects of flipping through emotions on social media and the pressures involved in secondary and post-secondary education, to the importance of travel and athletics in mainting mental wellness and stability.
Fire Department Chronicles
Funny man Jason Patton, takes a very unique approach to bringing awareness to mental health - he uses comedy.
In this episode, Jason talks about the best way to treat firefighters when they are exposed to trauma and the thought process around getting help. He also talks about his personal views on what needs to change and what is already being done.
Mental health providers face an uphill battle when treating firefighters. One of the biggest challenges within the fire service when seeking help is the stigma. Firefighters do not trust that mental health providers are able to understand their problems and therefore resist going into treatment.
Firefighters like Jason Patton can speak the language and help get other firefighters into treatment by explaining the process and reducing the anxiety around the unknown. Having someone who has been there, telling you what to expect, is very powerful and extremely helpful for that person to take the first step.
No PTSD for me
Many people wrongly assume that Post Traumatic Stress is inevitable for anyone exposed to trauma, this guest states that for him personally, it is clearly not the case. He speaks openly about how he has endured trauma both at home and on the front lines as a Firefighter but has never suffered from PTSI. In fact he believes that the majority of firefighters are not affected by trauma and live mentally healthy lives.
Working in one of the busiest fire departments will definitely affect you and perhaps your family, but this 31-year veteran believes that he has retired from his career completely unaffected.
Steve and this guest have worked together for over 30 years, they have a very special relationship, only one struggled and the other did not.
Listen to them talk about their different perspectives on mental health in fire service.
Tactical Breathing - Fight-or-Flight - Anxiety Management
Breathing is one the most effective tools for Special Forces and Emergency Response Teams and now departments are realizing every first responder must understand how to control their breathing to be able to manage their fight-or-flight response. This training is being delivered across North America to reduce Post Traumatic Stress Injuries. Mindfulness is an effective and empowering solution for helping First Responders perform at their peak and more importantly recover after being exposed to trauma. Mindfulness is a tool used to enhance alertness, effectiveness and compassion and it has been used for thousands of years to relive stress and anxiety.
Meet the host
Meet Steve, the idea behind muscularmentalhealth.com and host of the podcasts. Dedicated to uncovering the challenges of coming forward with mental health concerns, and unscripted ways to break through the stigmas, fears and challenges.