Today’s show is all about PTSD in the first responder world and how Sean Conohan, former EMS tech and fellow podcaster, overcame his challenges and is now helping change lives of those that are suffering from mental health issues through his work.
Sean is currently the director of business developement and community outreatch at WGM psychological services but his journey to his “dream job” went through the dirty, grimy shit that anyone suffering from PTSD has to go through before they begin to overcome it.
Sean was “crushing” it at work, home and life in general – or so he thought. He had recently taken a new position as a dispatcher and was now handling mass casualty scenarios and people calling in the midst of a life or death moment. This didn’t bother him until one of his calls involved a young child. He shrugged it off as a matter of fact. But something wasn’t quite right. Months of denial and “carrying on” lead to deeper darker moods and days sitting in the basement going through his mental check list of who would be better with him out of the picture.
Now unemployed after he was fired from his job, Sean went into a tail spin and needed to find a way to provide for his family and try to cope with PTSD without any money to pay for counselling. He came up with the ingenious idea to start a podcast based upon mental health issues so that he could interview top psychologist and therapist and use their answers and insights as a form of free counselling.
The UPTALK Podcast is Sean’s baby and has a truly global reach. He has since carved himself and his podcast out as one of the leading voices in the PTSD and mental health space, here in Canada and I’m proud to have been a guest on his show too.
Check out his UpTalk Podcast here
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Dave is a retired infantry officer and Afghanistan war veteran. He’s the creator of the HRD2KILL training program that was built on the principles that got him from not being able to get out of bed to competing in the Crossfit Open, Spartan Races and the Montreal Gaelic Athletics Association. You can find more mobility based exercises in his new book, “The Nimble Warrior”, now available on Apple Books and Amazon or read his new HRD2KILL Blog