An honest and comprehensive discussion about guns and mental health. Two highly stigmatized cultures that have long stood across from each other, refusing to collaborate whenever tragedy strikes. That trend ends now. For firearms owners, clinicians, and the curious public. Enjoy a new podcast every Thursday! For this season, we will be mixing in traditional interviews and mental health conversations with our team of clinicians. The mental health podcast episodes will have green cover art, and the interviews will have blue background episode cover art.
Episode 97: An Exploration of Psychedelics with Janine De Mesa
Janine De Mesa, doctoral student and psychedelic substance researcher, joins the show to discuss the benefits (and possible detriments) of substances such as psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine, ayahuasca, and others. The clinicians share their varying views and opinions, along with plenty of live audience chat commentary on their applications, uses, misunderstandings, triumphs, and personal recovery stories.
Book: How to Change Your Mind
Episode 96: The 5 Stages of Grief
In this episode, Brandon teaches about the stages of grief that many of us experience when dealing with the pain of loss.
While we don't necessarily experience all of them (and certainly not necessarily in order), understanding that it's normal to feel this stuff can be quite liberating for those are.
Book: Elizabeth Kubler-Ross - On Death and Dying
Episode 95: MAN Therapy with Eric Jones
In this episode, we sit down with Eric Jones, the Director of Man Therapy Partnerships, to explore the intricacies of mental health. Man Therapy stands out for its innovative, comprehensive approach, designed to engage men effectively by meeting them right where they are in their mental health journey. Eric sheds light on the organization's mission and unique strategies for promoting mental wellness among men. Additionally, Eric opens up about his own mental health experiences, offering a personal perspective that adds depth and relatability to our discussion.
Mentioned in this episode:
Grit Digital Health
The Head Strong Project
Episode 94: How Proper Journalism Covers Firearms with John Diedrich
John is a reporter for the Milwuakee Journal-Sentinel who covered gun deaths, specifically focusing on gun suicides.
discusses the need to use language carefully and avoid catchphrases that may be misunderstood or divisive. The conversation also touches on the reception and backlash to the coverage, highlighting the importance of understanding different perspectives. John emphasizes the complexity of the issue and the need for nuanced solutions rather than relying on quick and easy legislative measures. The role of politicians in addressing gun deaths is also discussed, with a recognition of the challenges and limitations they face.
The changing landscape of journalism and the financial challenges news organizations face are discussed, along with John sharing his journey with firearms and the role of mental health, therapy, and God in his life.
We have a renewed hope for journalism and the potential for positive change through connection, unity, and seeing each other's humanity.
Read the article series here.
Episode 93: Liberty, Competitve Shooting, and Mental Acuity with Gabby Franco
Olympic shooter, freedom champion, 2A advocate, mom, and military wife Gabby Franco joins the show to share her thoughts, opinions, and insights on a variety of topics. A native Venezuelan, Gabby understands very well the need to protect rights in the face of those who would rather oppress and control.
This conversation also spends a great deal of time on a different mental angle, that of performance and competition. Having been a competitive shooter since childhood, Gabby's insights can help anyone with their ability to focus, control emotions, and execute strategy regardless of the application or use.
Find out more through her website or purchase her marskmanship book on Amazon.
Episode 92: Mental Health in the (Gun) Workplace
Holly Schneider and Andrew Nett join us to talk about their work within and around Delta Defense, the parent company of USCCA.
Leadership at both organizations has prioritized mental health in the workplace, employing Holly and Andrew full-time and making them available for therapy during office hours for all 600+ employees.
The clinical team talks about this process, how it began, how it was integrated, and how it has been received (spoiler alert: it's gone smashingly!), as well as the broader topic of firearm owners' mental health.
During this episode, we plug Holly's Book and highly recommend reading it and sharing it around.
Thank you for the varied, and passionate stories and observations.
Im trying to catch up and listen to all the past episodes
An honest and comprehensive discussion about guns and mental health. Two highly stigmatized cultures that have long stood across from each other, refusing to collaborate whenever tragedy strikes. That trend ends now. For firearms owners, clinicians, and the curious public.
Get your head on straight
Perspective and context are everything. WTTA brings so many voices to the table that it has sharpened my thinking.