"I just need someone to talk to, I don't need any of that hippie stuff." I must have said that dozens of times. The problem was that talking wasn't helping. It hadn't helped for the last few doctors, in reality, it only pushed me away. It delayed treatment. Every time a doctor tried talking to … Continue reading Not every doctor is for you!
Fear & Shame If I was physically injured saving someone from a fire everyone would see me as a hero. What if I was mentally injured saving someone? Would everyone still see me as a hero? Would you have any hesitation reporting a mental injury over a physical injury? I think many of us would. … Continue reading Silence is deadly
Brett is another man that I'm proud to call a brother. He had overcome so much in life and on the job. Below is a message I received from him tonight about a proud moment in his day. Remember that you are never alone, and as always, if you need anything, or just want to … Continue reading Brett faces his bad times head on!
Joe Kovalski is a brother of mine. Not because we have the same parents, but because we share a common story. We are both Firefighters, we both love Pipe and Drum music, and we both could have very easily not been here to tell our stories. What follows is an article that has appeared … Continue reading Angry Joe
Anxiety... we all experience some form from time to time. Sometimes it's about a promotion, or a mortgage. This kind of anxiety is usually easy to manage. You are anxious about a promotional exam? You study harder. Anxious about your mortgage? Talk to a financial professional. These are normal situations that cause us to worry, … Continue reading When anxiety builds
We are soldiers, we are medics, we are firemen, we are police officers, and guess what? YOU'RE ALSO HUMAN! I would be worried if you didn't have an emotional response over some of the events we are called to. Like it or not, it's part of life. The good news is you are not alone. … Continue reading Congratulations on being human!
What follows is something I rarely talk about. But I believe it's necessary in order to heal. I also believe that if this story helps just one person come forward and want to seek help, then it's all worth it. It was June 26th of 2010. I was in medic school and had been a … Continue reading My demons