A series of discussions with front line responders about trauma and mental health.
Episode 19: Its Our Job To Do Hard Things
I speak with Megan Backofen LCSW, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist about her work with child sexual abuse victims, identifying and treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and effective tools for releasing accumulated trauma and changing negative cognitive narratives. We discuss the imperatives of first acknowledging that we are struggling and then applying daily self care practices to manage that inevitable mental stress.
Episode 18: Phoenix Rising
I speak with Dr. Brad Nichol, general surgeon and colleague, about his many years of surgical work in a rural hospital. He recounts the cummulative burden of sleepless nights on call, tragic cases, occasional adverse outcomes and patient loss that threatened his physical and mental health. Dr. Nichol unweighted himself at a point of crisis of the impossible expectations of his career, and by reprioritizing family, rest, diet and self-forgiveness, as a phoenix rising, he became renewed.
Episode 17: The Kitchen Table
I speak with Cody Lister, veteran EMT and firefighter about his experiences starting at the age of 16 in a small rural volunteer EMS agency, battling years of accumulated strain and seeking solace and at the fire station kitchen table.
Episode 16: It's Just Us
I speak with Nicole Rippy, veteran ER technician, about burnout, difficult patients, the therapy of laughter, haircuts in the nursing station, and lifting each other up in crisis because ultimately, it's just us.
Episode 15: It is OK to not be OK
I speak with Julia Lehmann, Emergency Department nurse about the many challenges impacting young nurses entering the field. We discuss improving strategies for debriefing traumatic events, increasing awareness of the increasing physical violence facing those on the front lines, and the importance of admitting to ourselves that it is OK to not be OK.
Episode 14: Slow It Down
I speak with Jennifer Hills, 20-year ER nurse about her insights caring for patients in the emergency department, her own father at home, balancing the chaos with gentle self care, a career change and slowing everything down.
Heroes but human
Ben brings together real people and their real experiences to deal with the stress and anxieties in medicine and how it translates into their daily lives. These topics need to be said and they are discussed in a way that are genuine and not for the sake of likes/downloads/followers.
FINALLY!! Talking about emergency medicine mental health
This podcast covers it all. The array of guests Dr. Peery chats with, and their personal experiences, really lend a hand to addressing the state of mental as a whole in medicine. I LOVE THIS PODCAST!! I’m addicted to Thursdays now! 💗🤘🏻