87 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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 81 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.

    87. Training Your Brain To Withstand Almost Any Trauma with Brian Slade

    87. Training Your Brain To Withstand Almost Any Trauma with Brian Slade

    Welcome to episode 87 of Warriors Unmasked! Today Chuck sits down with Mr. Brian Slate!
    Brian will take a deep dive into his journey of being deployed to Afghanistan, thinking he was getting a light deployment to his plane being hit twice by enemy forces on his first mission. His powerful story is nothing short of heroic.
    This episode is bound to take you from intrigue, and wonder to hope, understanding, and complete empowerment. Hit play to hear how his time in the Armed Forces equipped him with the mental framework and practical healing techniques anyone can use in their journey of overcoming trauma and PTSD. 
    Whether you are a veteran yourself or if you have never seen a day of combat, Brian's story is one we can all relate to. 5 months before he was deployed to Afghanistan, Brian married his first wife. It didn’t take long for their relationship to go south as Brian started to identify unhealthy mental health issues with his new bride. 
    Not even the traumatic time he spent in active war could have prepared him for the pain and trauma that awaited him during their impending separation and divorce. Relationship wounds are something we all deal with from a young age, but how we respond is what matters most. 
    During our conversation, Brian shares the “chair flying” technique and how you can use it to prepare for tough situations and avoid adding any potential or additional pain and trauma in your life and relationships. This one tip can start making the world a better place for everyone! 
    You’ll also hear our thoughts on the importance of gratitude, how to become a more empowered person, how Brian used strategic compartmentalization and so much more! To learn more about Brian, or any of the guests we have on the podcast, follow the links below! If you enjoy this conversation, send this episode to a friend that you think would benefit from it. 
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    Brian Slade’s second string deployment to Afghanistan Brian’s exact thoughts during a near-death experience  The Art of a Teflon Mind and posttraumatic stress How do you focus on the enemy at hand? Life with a spouse with mental health issues  The importance of ​​meditation and visualization The importance of strengthening your mental fortitude Do you ever feel like there was a bigger purpose to your life? And much more!  
    GUEST LINKS:
    CLEARED HOT LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    3:00 Get to know Brian Slade 8:20 Brian’s time in combat in Afghanistan 13:30 How Brian responded to a near-death experience  16:50 Healing PTSD techniques Brian Discovered  21:30 Pain and trauma can happen to all of us 24:28 Prepping for trauma and strategic compartmentalization  29:31 How to use the chair flying technique 40:00 Stress inoculation and how to use it 45:04 How to stay in an empowered state 53:14 The importance of gratitude

    • 58 min
    86. A Guide To Self-Care and Self-Love with Happiness expert Rita Farruggia

    86. A Guide To Self-Care and Self-Love with Happiness expert Rita Farruggia

    Welcome to episode 86 of Warriors Unmasked! In 2022, it’s clear to most people that self-care and finding ways to de-stress should be more of a priority for all of us.
    But where do you even start? This is a question many of our listeners and people we coach ask us on a regular basis. That’s why we wanted to take a full episode to find an answer! 
    Of course, we didn’t want to have such an important conversation alone, we had to go to the expert…the happiness expert! Hit play to meet the lover of life and CEO and founder of Happy Being Well,  Rita Farruggia!
    She is a self-care and happiness expert and mental health advocate. During our conversation, you’ll hear about her journey from growing up an innately spiritual kid with parents who struggled with PTSD and functional alcoholism, and how that led to her involvement in toxic relationships in her adult years. 
    Learn the practical steps she took to completely cleanse her life from toxic relationships, bad energy, negative soul patterns, and habits plus more. This episode is bound to take you from deep interest and curiosity to enlightenment, self-love, hope, and complete empowerment.
    You’ll also learn about how you can start meditating longer, tips and tricks for adding positive habits to things you’re already doing, an easy way to have less stress and anxiety plus so much more! Whether you feel like a self-development pro, or if all of this is totally uncharted territory for you, this episode is packed full of simple advice that can help transform your life! 
    If you enjoy this conversation, spread the good vibes! Send this episode to a friend that you think would benefit from it and follow the links below to reach out to us and connect more. 
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    We can’t always just be all about our spiritual journey. Tolerating toxic relationships and normalizing it How to better navigate the world and culture  How to start enjoying spending time alone The benefits of self-care and self-love Rita’s #1 tips on how to have better mental health The effects of living with anxiety and confusion  The mental health crisis on our hands  Chuck’s journey with meditation And much more!  
    GUEST LINKS:
     
    happybeingwell.com Meditation Made Easy E-Guide Resources LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 A look into today’s episode   1:37 Thank you to today’s sponsors  3:04 Get to know Rita Farruggia 8:04 What life was life for Rita growing up 16:00 How to cleanse from toxic people 20:04 The importance of being in silence 27:20 How to get better at meditation 30:16 The positive results of self-care 36:45 How Rita added positive habits to her day 37:37 How to grow in higher levels of consciousness 

    • 45 min
    85. The Healing Power of Laughter and Comedy with Mike Cotayo

    85. The Healing Power of Laughter and Comedy with Mike Cotayo

    They say the darkest of stories can have a silver (and hilarious) lining if the right comedian gets their hands on it…we think today’s guest would agree! 
    Welcome to episode 85 of Warriors Unmasked! Today we sat down with the one and only Mike Cotayo. Mike has been captivating audiences for over 20 years through his stand-up routines that are heavily centered around his own personal pain and story. 
    To this day, he struggles to use the left side of his body and, like many a suffering artist, has a voice textured by years of succumbing to the struggles of drug addiction, alcoholism, and an uncompromising diagnosis of HIV. He says that comedy and tragedy often go hand-in-hand so why not use his story to bring joy to others!
    Mike will take a deep dive into his journey from being in a car accident at 18 months and being diagnosed with cerebral palsy to winning the Apollo in New York City. You’ll also hear how contracting HIV at age 24 sent him into being a full-blown addict at age 25 to ultimately turning his life around one laugh at a time. 
    This episode features the ups and downs of addiction and how anyone can get sober if they are determined enough to make it happen. His style is the perfect blend of high-energy, quick wit, and genuine encouragement.
    We hope this show brings you joy and lifts your spirits. Mike has a beautiful way of allowing others to laugh at even the deepest pains or toughest moments in their lives. If this conversation brings you a new level of healing we would love to hear about it! Reach out to us or our guests via the links below. 


    More Of What’s Inside:
    How Mike became a stand up comedian  Mike’s struggles with depression and anxiety. Mike’s first relapse in 2002 Incorporating mental health/illness into stand up  How anger is a secondary emotion, not a core emotion. Mike’s tips for managing anger Mike’s tips for managing anxiety Why we all need more laughter in 2022 And much more!  
    GUEST LINKS:
    Website - Home | Funny Man Mike Twitter - https://twitter.com/FunnyManMike76 Facebook - Mike Cotayo-Comedy at its Crippling Best Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/funnymanmike76 Tiktok - Visit TikTok to discover profiles! LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 A look into today’s episode   1:25 Thank you to today’s sponsors  2:18 Get to know Mike Cotayo 5:44 Everyone needs a little more laughter 9:00 A look into Mike’s stand-up comedy journey  14:29 What made Mike get sober  21:35 Turning your personal pain into healthy comedy 25:11 What typically triggers relapses  29:00 Mike’s tips for staying mentally healthy 37:16 The power of taking a deep breath  42:48 Final thoughts and advice from Mike

    • 44 min
    84. Overcoming Breast Cancer and Finding Purpose with Marva Bailer

    84. Overcoming Breast Cancer and Finding Purpose with Marva Bailer

    Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Fair warning, this episode could have gone on for at least four more hours. It feels like 40+ minutes is just scratching the surface of what today’s guest has to offer. When you’re left wanting more, don’t say we didn’t warn you! Be sure to check out the links below to find more ways to connect with anyone from our podcast episodes. 
    Today we welcome breast cancer survivor, successful Tech Executive, Technology Association of George's Leader of The Year for large enterprise, author, and mother, Marva Baylor Marvel! This episode will take you from sadness, heartbreak, compassion, and empathy to being transformed by hope, awareness, happiness, and complete empowerment.
    Marva infuses positive energy with her recent, real-world perspective gained through her career as a sales and marketing leader, from startups to blue chip brands, including IBM, Amazon, and Splunk. Currently, in her role at Twilio, Marva serves as vice president of revenue for the social impact company.
    She is a true professional and has wisdom everyone can learn from. However, what makes her journey even more inspiring is how she overcame breast cancer and is helping others find hope and real solutions who may find themselves in a similar situation.
    We can all agree that no one ever wants to hear the “C word” - Cancer. However, for Marva, this topic came with several past traumatic events. After losing her Mother, Father and many other loved ones to Cancer the diagnosis hit her hard. 
    Hear how she rose to the occasion, educated herself about treatment and options, and used her skill of asking great questions, and her gut feeling to find her best path for healing. Hit play to hear the full story! 



    More Of What’s Inside:
    How cancer changed every for Marva What it’s like to have radiation A look into Marva’s professional history  Why it’s so important to take the spotlight off yourself Mental health during the 45 days of radiation. Marva’s renewed purpose and risk profile Healing from past pain and trauma  The importance of your existence  Why the world needs YOU! And much more!  
    GUEST LINKS:
    Be Unexpected | Debut Book from Marva Bailer | DEI Coach & Speaker https://www.linkedin.com/in/marvabailer Marva Bailer  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 A look into today’s episode   1:35 Thank you to today’s sponsor 4:35 When Marva got the diagnoses  16:16 What makes cancer so complex  22:00 Marva’s treatment journey  29:47 Clairvoyant experience with radiation 34:00 Life after healing for Marva  43:33 It’s time to take off your mask

    • 49 min
    83. The Facebook Narcissist: Understanding The Effects of Social Media with Lena Derhally

    83. The Facebook Narcissist: Understanding The Effects of Social Media with Lena Derhally

    In 2022, it’s no secret that social media may not be all it’s cracked up to be…
    Today we are going to take a little bit of a different approach. Typically we highlight stories of people that have battled through mental health issues and come out the other side by great perseverance and courage. In this episode we're going to talk about some of the things in today's society as it relates to social media and the effects it has on our kids, young adults and even older generations. 
    We couldn’t imagine tackling such an important topic without the one and only Lena Derhally. Lena is a licensed psychotherapist certified in Imago Relationship Therapy and the author of the book “The Facebook Narcissist” where she takes a deep dive into narcissism and the role of social media and the decline in global mental health. 
    This episode is bound to take you from frustration, sadness and anger to feeling hope, a little more educated, completely aware, and totally empowered. If you have kids or know someone who is a parent, we invite you to share this episode with them! By the end of our conversation, you’ll see why we need to help spread the word to protect and serve the younger generations. 
    Even though there is a dark underbelly to social media, that doesn’t mean that using technology to connect with people is a bad thing. We are so thankful to have a podcast like this! We aren’t kidding when we say it’s a true honor to spend time with you each and every week. If you want to connect more, we would love to hear from you. Reach out to us or Lena via the links below! 
    More Of What’s Inside:
    Important conversations you need to have with your kids  What has changed most in the last 100 years Likes and comments have nothing to do with your personal worth  Life is more than just what you look like physically The definition of narcissism and how it shows up in culture The exodus of social media from the most secure and grounded adults How social media relate to people in their 40s and 50s And much more!  
     
    GUEST LINKS:
    www.lenaderhally.com The Facebook Narcissist https://www.instagram.com/therapywithlena https://www.facebook.com/LenaDerhallybooks  
    LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 What’s inside this powerful conversation 1:26 Thank you to today’s sponsors  3:16 Get to know Lena Derhally 4:36 Why Lena started studying narcissism  10:15 Everyone wants to be loved  14:22 The unstable standard of beauty in 2022 21:40 How to navigate social media with your kids  27:55 The true effects of social media  43:00 Life is all about connection and relationships

    • 48 min
    82. From Tragedy To Testimony: Turner Syndrome Awareness with April Fore

    82. From Tragedy To Testimony: Turner Syndrome Awareness with April Fore

    Trigger warning: In this episode, our guest shares her journey with the loss of her unborn daughter. If you or someone you love has recently experienced a miscarriage or the tragic loss of a child, please feel free to skip this episode during your healing process. We have 80+ other powerful conversations to enjoy at www.warriorsunmasked.com 
    Welcome back to another episode of Warriors Unmasked! Today while Clint is out changing the world, Chuck sits down with author, mother, and woman of extraordinary faith, April Fore. April will take a deep dive into her journey from living a fun life as a nanny to finding out she was expecting a child of her own.
    It wasn’t long after the exciting news that April found herself at the Doctors office for a routine checkup where she would learn her future daughter had Turner Syndrome. (A Chromosomal disorder in which a female is partially or completely missing an X chromosome) 
    This devastating diagnosis would ultimately result in the loss of her unborn daughter…
    However, the story does not end there. Through the power of prayer, her faith in God the creator, and the understanding that all things, even the deepest pain of losing a child could result in a beautiful testimony if she did not give up and stay in her pain and depression. 
    Hit play to hear the exact steps April took to turn her tragedy into a testimony, how you can help spread awareness of Turner Syndrome, practical ways to heal and build your faith and so much more! To learn more about April, and how her daughter's legacy is changing lives all over the world, or to connect with us follow the links below! 
     
    More Of What’s Inside:
    How April managed her anger with God Finding the good in any situation The true power of prayer  Pain can have a beautiful purpose  We are all God’s children  Turner Syndrome Awareness Letting others have their own healing journey A look into April’s next book  Have faith even if it looks bad And much more!  
    GUEST LINKS:
    https://www.instagram.com/theeggstories http://facebook.com/theadventuresofegg What Is Turner Syndrome? - Turner Syndrome Foundation LINKS:
    malarchuk.com/book  malarchuk.com  www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com  Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube My Community Contact  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 A look into today’s episode   1:28 Thank you to today’s sponsors   2:24 Get to know April Fore 5:26 When April heard the diagnosis  12:23 The importance of staying active  21:00 Handling life after the loss of a  child  26:16 Overcoming depression and bad coping habits  33:00 We are all perfect just the way we are 37:33 How April learned to love after loss  44:55 The importance of feeling your feelings

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Shh Moms Reading ,

Loved episode 79 off to listen to the Mitlin Money Mindset

I loved episode 79 with Larry Sprung so much I am off to listen to his podcast the Mitlin Money Mindset.

Thank you for working to make a difference

Larry Sprung ,

Great show about an important topic!

This is a great show about the important topic of mental health. Take a listen and you will be sure to learn a lot!

bsbigshot29 ,

A really important show

I love what hosts Chuck and Clint are doing with “Warriors Unmasked.” Having honest conversations about mental health is something the world needs so desperately right now.

The openness and honesty of their conversations is what makes this show so great. And the fact that they’re willing to be vulnerable about their past experiences turns this pod into a very relatable one.

I think the show is especially important for men and athletes. In society, we men are often told to “tough it out” and push our emotions down. But that rarely works, long term. Through this show, Chuck and Clint help folks take off the literal and metaphorical masks and have candid discussions about what said “pushing down” strategies have led to over time.

It’s an insightful and empathetic show and one that I think many people will enjoy. I certainly recommend giving it a listen.

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