30 episodes

Warriors Unmasked is a show that will take a deep dive into the life journeys of athletes, both professional and amateur, coaches, military personnel as well as first responders and the people next door. You will hear many stories of tremendous courage and perseverance. Some of these stories will also have an element of dealing with mental illness while overcoming the odds. Your hosts and mental health advocates, Clint Malarchuk and Chuck Thuss, will incorporate their own personal journeys/ experiences as they speak to their guests on a very intimate level.

Warriors Unmasked Clint Malarchuk and Chuck Thuss

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    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

Warriors Unmasked is a show that will take a deep dive into the life journeys of athletes, both professional and amateur, coaches, military personnel as well as first responders and the people next door. You will hear many stories of tremendous courage and perseverance. Some of these stories will also have an element of dealing with mental illness while overcoming the odds. Your hosts and mental health advocates, Clint Malarchuk and Chuck Thuss, will incorporate their own personal journeys/ experiences as they speak to their guests on a very intimate level.

    30. Life After An Alcoholic Spouse, A Journey Of Healing and Joy with Tanya Pluckrose

    30. Life After An Alcoholic Spouse, A Journey Of Healing and Joy with Tanya Pluckrose

    What happens when your dream life falls apart? This is the crucial question we tackle in today’s episode, and you may find that the biggest thing holding you back may not be your situation, it’s your perspective. 
    Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! In this week’s episode, we talk with Australian-born thought leader, and client experience consultant, Tanya Pluckrose. Tanya speaks about her journey of coming to the U.S., marrying the man of her dreams, and how she went from happily married to starting over at rock bottom. You’ll hear how Tanya reevaluated her life and made the commitment to change it for the better no matter what. 
    Listen in as we talk about how Tanya found the courage to walk away, the biggest threat to your future, and how sometimes the best thing to do is to let it go. You’ll learn about the power of thoughts and how they shape how we view the world around us. Tanya talks about her “aha!” moment where she realized that her current situation was a product of her past and present thoughts and how she was able to turn that around and create a life that was truly designed for her. There’s greatness within all of us, and if we take the time to stop and listen, it will show us which way to go. 
    Hit play and enjoy this fantastic episode filled with hope, courage, and maybe even a new perspective on life.
    To connect with Tanya or for more resources, check out the links below! 
    Always in your corner, 
    Chuck and Clint
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    How Tanya came to the U.S.  Listening to your hunches Confronting alcoholism in a loved one Finding the courage to walk away The number one cause for relapse Changing your mindset and your future Finding miracles in surrender An interesting life VS an extraordinary life You chance at living your dream life Being engineered to be successful And much more!  
     
    GUEST LINKS:
    Email: Tanya@tanyapluckrose.com  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
     
    2:13 - Tanya’s story 6:50 - Clipping her wings 12:37 - The Godshot 16:27 - The disease of alcoholism 20:25 - Starting a new journey 24:37 - Dealing with resentment 28:40 - What Tanya does today 32:44 - Being built for success 37:19 - How to get in touch with Tanya 40:52 - Tanya’s parting advice

    • 42 min
    29. A Journey Of Forgiveness: Finding Peace After Trauma with Tyler Pelke

    29. A Journey Of Forgiveness: Finding Peace After Trauma with Tyler Pelke

    “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boese
    Trigger Warning: This shares minor graphic details of violent traumatic events. If this is overwhelming or hits a little too close to home for you, we encourage you to check out another episode and come back when you’re ready!
    Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! If you’ve been listening since the beginning then today’s guest may be familiar. Tyler Pelke is the Deputy Chief of Operations, Training & Logistics with Red Deer Emergency Services in Alberta, Canada. In this week’s episode, we talk about forgiveness and how Tyler’s journey with forgiveness brought him face to face with the man who tried to kill him. He talks about the importance of forgiveness, and how crucial it is, not for the offender but for you to forgive and live a life free from your past. 
    Listen in as we walk through Tyler’s process of forgiveness and how he stepped into a life that was fearless, compassionate, and happy. You’ll learn about that fateful day in Canada, dealing with survivor’s guilt, and Tyler’s “aha” moment on knowing that forgiveness was the best route for him to heal. We discuss the struggle people have with injustice and how it can hinder us from making real headway in forgiving those who have wronged us. As well as understanding that forgiveness does not care about the size of the offense, the importance of support, and how you can stay out of the “why” and take action towards a better life. 
    We are so honored to hear and learn from someone like Tyler and know you will find so much value in this conversation. 
    PS: To hear more of Tyler’s story, go back to episode 3 wherever you are listening and dive in!
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
     
    The importance of forgiveness Why forgiveness is for you, not the other person Overcoming trauma and forgiving Dealing with survivor’s guilt The correlation of offense and forgiveness Working with a missing puzzle piece How Tyler worked through the process of forgiveness Why you should stop asking why  The power of purpose and faith Avoiding the victim loop by practicing gratitude And much more!  



    GUEST LINKS:
    Website: https://www.tylerpelke.com  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    1:46 - Tyler’s second introduction 5:04 - A traumatic experience 10:10 - Finding your purpose 14:24 - Facing his attacker 18:06 - The struggle with injustice 22:50 - Learning forgiveness from others 27:01 - How faith played a role in Tyler’s journey 31:51 - Tyler’s impact 35:54 - The trouble with a victim mindset 40:22 - Where you can find Tyler  42:26 - Tyler’s advice on forgiveness

    • 43 min
    28. Nothing Is Permanent (That includes the bad) with Anthony Kelsey

    28. Nothing Is Permanent (That includes the bad) with Anthony Kelsey

    Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Have you ever had a dream that almost seemed impossible? Or maybe you feel as you missed your one shot? Maybe these are true...or maybe the story isn’t over yet.
    When you hit play, you’ll join us as we have an open conversation with Anthony (Tony) Kelsey. Anthony is a retired army veteran, defense foreign language institute graduate, Target operations manager, husband, and father of two. We dive into Anthony’s journey from collegiate hockey to the rigorous training of army Major and how he managed to persevere through the challenges and disappointments of life. You’ll gain new tools to help you overcome the challenges of your life and push you towards your goals no matter what. 
    Listen in as Anthony talks about his time in college, the mistakes that cost him his dream, and how a new passion formed when he joined the army. You’ll learn how Anthony dealt with the pressure of leading, how he survived the most difficult time in his life, and what it took for him to rise through the ranks and make his dream a reality. Anthony has some crucial advice on how to persevere and take the good with the bad so that you can stay strong and cross that finish line.
    Scouts honor! This show will leave you with new levels of empowerment and determination. Sit back and join us in this fantastic conversation with Anthony Kelsey. 
    PS: You can now subscribe to us on YouTube! Find our channel link and other resources below. 



    More Of What’s Inside:
    How Anthony decided to join the army  Dealing with disappointment The importance of your support system Pushing through the demand of ranger school Persevering despite all odds Having a vision that keeps you motivated Taking the good with the bad The mental rigors of language school Becoming an army major Relying on your support system And much more!  
     
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube


    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:03 - Here’s what we cover 3:25 - From hockey to the military 8:35 - Heading back to college 12:29 - Missing the shot to become a major 17:04 - Getting through the toughest times in life 21:52 - The phases of ranger school 26:33 - Finding the motivation to keep going 30:07 - Life after the military 34:54 - The homestretch of becoming a major 39:14 - Tony’s advice for perseverance 40:55 - How you can get a hold of us

    • 41 min
    27. Living Proof That Recovery Is Possible with Nicole DePalma-Carson

    27. Living Proof That Recovery Is Possible with Nicole DePalma-Carson

    Welcome back to Worries Unmasked! Wow, are you in for a power-packed episode today.
    As soon as you hit play, we want to introduce you to a woman whose journey is unfortunately all too common in the world today...a story of how childhood sexual abuse led to a young life of self-medication, addiction, lies, and isolation. 
    However, the story doesn’t end there. 
    In this episode, get to know our guest Nicole DePalma-Carson! Nicole is a recovering addict, sexual assault survivor, wife, and mother of two boys, and community recovery specialist at Dream Life Recovery.
    Hear Nicole’s incredible journey of going from a blur of drugs and drinking anything to numb the pain, to a life of service, gratitude and helping others get free. This episode will leave you with goosebumps from head to toe and the hope you need to get through any dark day on your journey. 
    If you know someone who has a similar journey to Nicole or anyone who needs to hear this story, please share this episode with them and be sure to check out the links below!
    Always in your corner, 
    Chuck and Clint
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    The results of growing up too fast  Numbing yourself from the good and the bad Breaking free from the shame Healing after sexual abuse What happens when you choose self-forgiveness  Beating the inner voices and self chatter The time commitment of sobriety The importance of self-check ins Getting to know yourself after addiction  And much more!  
    GUEST LINKS:
    DreamLife Recovery - Pittsburgh, PA | Drug & Alcohol Rehab | DreamLife Recovery DreamLife Recovery DreamLifePA https://www.linkedin.com/company/dreamlife-recovery-pa https://www.instagram.com/dreamlifepa DreamLife Recovery Cell: 412-609-9727  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  Compassionate Connection www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 What to expect today  2:12 Conversation starts: Get to know Nicole  12:12 When Nicole had her first son 14:41 The journey of losing yourself  17:48 Why Nicole found it important to forgive 22:08 Winning the battle of your mind 28:47 What withdraws are actually like 31:23 When Nicole knew it was time to make a change 44:21 How to connect with Nicole  48:00 Finding your hobbies

    • 54 min
    26. Stopping The Stigma: Working Towards Better Mental Healthcare with Jennifer Christman

    26. Stopping The Stigma: Working Towards Better Mental Healthcare with Jennifer Christman

    Welcome back! If you’ve been listening, you know mental health is a pillar of what we here at Warriors Unmasked believe is crucial. But, to this day, there is still a negative stigma around mental illness, leading many people who struggle to feel isolated. 
    So how can we, as friends and family help?
    Our guest today is President of Three Wire Systems and mental health professional Jennifer Christman. Jennifer is working to improve access to reintegration services in wellness, behavioral health, navigational advocacy, financial and career transition coaching. Having served in the military, Jennifer has witnessed the stressors and hardships of not only being a veteran but also everyday life. 
    Listen in as we discuss the stigma of mental illness and how Jennifer is working to eliminate barriers for those who would not have access to mental healthcare otherwise. She talks about the importance of dropping the stigma within your own life and even how you can best support those who are struggling. You’ll learn the best tips and tricks to keep your own mental health steady and how making your health, a priority will only strengthen those around you as well. 
    This episode is such a great reminder of how important our connection with each other is and how if you just reach out and ask, there is always help for you. 
    For more resources or to get in touch with Jennifer, check out the links below!
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    The importance of reducing isolation for those reintegrating into society Working against the stigma of mental illness How you can start dropping the stigma mental health Healing from the isolation of a pandemic Working with military and veterans The 5 areas that can help stop stigmatizing Working with family who have been in the military Tips on how you can take care of your mental health Why you should put your own health first Upgrading the crucial skill of self-awareness And much more!  
    GUEST LINKS:
    Website: http://www.threewiresys.com/myadvisor Email: info@threewiresys.com Phone: 814-241-9328  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube


    Episode Minute By Minute:
    3:23 - How Jennifer got started in mental health care 5:26 - Eliminating barriers that keep those from mental healthcare 10:00 - How you can best support those who are struggling 12:46 - Dealing with the mental effects after the pandemic 17:45 - Jennifer’s time in the military 21:17 - The five key areas Jennifer starts with to create a connection 25:50 - How Jennifer keeps her own mental health strong 33:03 - Tips on how to care of your mental health 37:30 - How you can transition after working remotely 40:53 - Taking care of yourself so you can give more 42:17 - How to connect with Jennifer 45:21 - Jennifer’s parting advice for listeners

    • 46 min
    25. Healing Through Your Passion with Brad Dempsey

    25. Healing Through Your Passion with Brad Dempsey

    Sometimes the best action is to take a step back and realign. Can you relate?
    Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today’s guest is a former principal, former athletic director, founder of Mindset Sports, and proud father of three Brad Dempsey. Brad has a passion for coaching athletes of all ages and establishing a healthy balance in their Mind, Body & Spirit by empowering them to become the best version of themselves through their sport. You’ll hear about Brad’s personal journey with mental illness after surviving a horrific car crash leaving him a significant brain injury in 1995. 
    Listen in as Brad openly shares about his struggle with depression and anxiety as a teenager and how he came to the realization that good health was more internal than he thought. We have an honest discussion about the trouble of mental pain as a teenager and only being treated for physical injuries. You’ll hear the moment Brad connected the importance of mental and physical health, escaping overmedication, and why he never thinks of his failures as holding him back. Brad talks about what he does now to combat mental illness and how faith in God has given him the confidence to keep moving forward. 
    We hope this episode gives you hope and understanding for the different kinds of trauma and the healing that can happen when you are brave enough to reach out and take a hand. 
    For more resources or to Connect with Brad, check out the links below!  
    Always in your corner, 
    Chuck and Clint
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    How a brain injury changed Brad’s life Dealing with depression as a teenager The cost of pushing down your feelings The moment Brad realized he needed to change for the better How Brad handles his mental health now The dangers of overmedication The importance of living life with gratefulness  How you can “fail forward”  Why following your passion can change your life Finding the balance of mental health and sports And much more!


    GUEST LINKS:
    https://www.mindsetsports.life/’ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/mindset-sports/about/?viewAsMember=true Insta: https://www.instagram.com/mindsetsports_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MindsetSportsLife/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2n4_Sn0_A68RIQgfLMAuxg Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindsetsports_  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com  www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 What to expect today 1:40 Welcome Brad 4:03 When everything was great but it didn’t feel like it 7:35 How Brad handled his inner wounds as a teenager  10:25 Brad’s pill addiction and recovery  16:04 The spiritual side of Brad’s journey 19:54 When Brad said “enough is enough” 22:16 How Brad brad keeps a heart of gratitude 27:28 Finding out what you really want in life 38:02 How to connect with Brand and Mindset Sports 40:49 Finding someone you trust

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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50 Ratings

Lamster21 ,

Great

Courageous stories on this podcast show the excruciating battle with mental health and the different ways of overcoming it. This podcast shows that human beings can overcome anything. It also inspires the audience with its heartfelt stories from Chuck, Clint, and guests.

WYOAree ,

Raw and relevant!

Wonderfully honest and raw looks behind the masks we all put on. Chuck and Clint bring much needed conversations to the surface. Thanks for sharing the stories!

Jcook47 ,

Amazing Listen

I can only say that I appreciate the time that Chuck and Clint put into this. Their guest and the topics are so relevant to my life’s journey that each episode has me looking forward to listening.

As an old athlete, these stories take me back to a place that I didn’t even know I was in, and has helped me figure out in some cases why I am and have struggled with certain aspects of my adult journey. It’s so helpful to know that when we were younger that we were all going through similar things. It’s incredible to look back and think about how being open and honest with someone would have made things so much easier.

Thank you Chuck and Clint for showing old and young people a truly inspirational path to communication.

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