Your Oxygen Mask First

45 EpisodesProduced by Unicorn Wellness

On a plane, the flight attendants tell you to put on YOUR oxygen mask first before you help others; because you CAN’T help anyone unless you help yourself first! This podcast is for public safety professionals or anyone who cares for others in high-stress environments. We are focused on helping us a… read more

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45 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Athena Ives - Healing From Sexual Assault Through Helping Others

July 8th, 2019


Warning: this episode contains discussion surrounding sexual assault and does go into some detail on the specific acts. Also, adult language and …

Michelle Dutro | Inner North Star a Non-profit offering PTSD Retreats for Veterans and First Responders

June 14th, 2019


Our mantra is "you can't help others until you help yourself".  And that is exactly what our guest Michelle Dutro is teaching those with PTSD at her retreat for Veterans and First Responders called Inner North Star.  

Kevin Briggs | Guardian of the Golden Gate

June 3rd, 2019


Since it was erected in 1937, more than 1700 people are estimated to have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and just 25 are known to have survived, …

Scott Mann - Power of a Story

May 27th, 2019


There are many different ways to treat trauma floating around out there.   There is talk therapy, EMDR, exposure therapy, etc.  But did you know that storytelling is also an effective treatment for trauma and  PTS/PTSD?

Katie St. Pierre - POAS Military Recovery

May 13th, 2019


Motherhood is tough enough, but imagine trying to navigate motherhood AND addiction at the same time.   The shame, the guilt...sometimes it can be …

"Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel" by Dr. Stephanie Conn

May 6th, 2019


May is Mental Health Awareness month and today we are excited to talk about first responder mental health with Dr. Stephanie Conn.  Stephanie has …

Over 120,000 homeless Veterans in America | Kimberly Mitchell with VVSD (Veterans Village San Diego)

April 29th, 2019


Did you know there is over 120,000 homeless Veterans in America right now?  There are many organizations that are trying to help and get these military members the help they need, but we still have a long way to go.

National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week & Ricardo Martinez of #IAM911 and 9-1-1 SAVES Acts

April 15th, 2019


"Imagine listening...your worst day is my everyday."  Not only is this the reality of a 9-1-1 or emergency dispatcher, but it is also the theme of a project former 9-1-1 dispatcher and public safety advocate Ricardo …

The Mighty Oaks Foundation - Healing Veterans and Marriages

April 2nd, 2019


Marriage can be challenging but imagine having to try to keep a marriage together when one partner is suffering from PTSD.  Today, we talk to the Mighty Oaks Foundation founders Chad and Kathy Robichaux about how they …

Resilient 911 with John Marshall and Sara Gilman

March 25th, 2019


The life of a 9-1-1 dispatcher is filled with the highest of highs...and the lowest of lows.  99% of the people a dispatcher deals with are not having the best day; maybe even having the worst day of their lives.  And …

YOMF035: Michael Johnson - Battling Homelessness

February 27th, 2019


No one ever pictures themselves becoming homeless, but that is a reality many Veterans are facing.  Help is out there but can be hard to get if you don't know where to look.  In this episode, we sit down with Michael …

YOMF034: Gregory Jumes and the Victor App

February 11th, 2019


What happens when Veterans transition from military life to civilian life with limited or no support, or access to resources?  They may find themselves in financial distress, experience family problems, and can even …

YOMF033: Eva Belanger - Alternative Treatments for Veteran Mental Health

February 4th, 2019


Did you know that there are organizations out there that offer holistic healing treatments for Veterans who are suffering from physical as well as …

YOMF032: Andrew Gross - EMT

January 29th, 2019


Some people find themselves drawn to a life of public service after being exposed to an emergency situation in their personal lives.  In this episode, we talk to new EMT Andrew Gross and discuss how Andrew is channeling …

YOMF031: Sabrina Barella - Relationships With Military Members

January 21st, 2019


Sabrina Barella is using her experience as a former military wife to be an active voice in many military non-profits.  She is also making it her mission to help end Veteran suicide by using her personal time and her …

YOMF030: Discussions with a Suicidologist - Dr. Blaire Schembari

January 7th, 2019


Did you know there are clinicians that specifically specialize in studying suicide and how to prevent it?  I didn't!  In this episode, I sit down …

YOMF029: Fitness, Health, and Wellness with Officer Ashley Smith

December 31st, 2018


New Year, New You?  If you are ready to set some health and wellness goals, listen up!  In this episode, we are super excited to chat with the one …

YOMF028: Dr. Kimberly Miller - Stress Management

December 24th, 2018


Are you struggling a bit dealing with the holidays? Is the stress too much to handle this season?  And really, what is up with New Year's …

YOMF027: Dr. Kimberly Miller - Compassion Fatigue

December 18th, 2018


"Compassion fatigue" is a term that is becoming more widely known among people in the helping professions. But what is it? And how do we get out of it once we realize we are experiencing it? In this episode, we chat …

YOMF026: Ryan Stevenson - MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD

December 12th, 2018


There are many new emerging modalities for treating mental health challenges being discovered every day. Did you know that researchers are making breakthroughs in treating people with PTSD and depression with …

YOMF025: Melisa Celikel - Let’s Get You Organized!

November 28th, 2018


Did you know that clutter in your home can affect your mental health? While I always thought it was a just a pain in the butt, I never realized it can affect your mood and your outlook on life! In this episode, we chat …

YOMF024: Joe Hudak - Part 2 Vet Series

November 12th, 2018


The Nation is celebrating Veterans this week, and we are honored to continue our conversations with Veterans who are making a difference by sharing their stories of courage surrounding mental health.

Today, we meet back …

YOMF023: Bill Protzmann: Music Care - Alternative Healing

October 8th, 2018


Bill Protzmann is a man of many hats. Not only has he been a successful businessman and an award-winning musician, but he has discovered how to use …

YOMF022: Healing from Trauma - Sexual Assault and the Veteran

October 1st, 2018


There is a very important conversation happening in America right now surrounding sexual assault. And while we had this interview scheduled long …

YOMF021: Steven Padilla: From The Depths of Despair to Capital Hill

September 24th, 2018


In this episode, we talk with Stephen Padilla about how entrenching himself in the Veteran community has not only been beneficial for his wellbeing; but also shows that through therapy and community, there was a way out …

YOMF020: Jeremy Stahlnecker: When Regular Therapy Isn't Enough

September 17th, 2018


Sometimes, regular talk-therapy isn't enough for Veterans to manage their mental health challenges. And sometimes, the spiritual injury from the …

YOMF019: Shad Meshad: Pioneering PSTD Research in Veterans

September 13th, 2018


Shad Meshad is a voice that encourages empathy for Veterans because he witnessed so much in Vietnam, as well as the shock of coming home to (at times) a hostile and dangerous homecoming from Americans.

Not only is Shad …

YOMF018: The Reality of Being a Veteran: Joe's Story with Julie & Joe Hudak

September 10th, 2018


Military Veterans face a whole new reality and set of challenges when they transition to civilian life. Imagine being a young adult who is just …

YOMF017: Survivors of Suicide: You Are Not Alone with Joyce Bruggeman & Floyd Strayer

September 6th, 2018


Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about. And because of the stigma surrounding suicide, many survivors of suicide may feel shunned, guilty, and alone. But this needs to change to help end the vicious cycle. In this …

YOMF016: Veteran Crisis Outreach Initiative with William Felty and Sara Correll

September 3rd, 2018


In our first episode of The Power of the Story: Conversations Around Veteran Suicide, we sit down with William Felty and Sara Correll. Both William and Sara are integral members of the San Diego Veteran community and …

YOMF015: Therapy Dogs with Stephanie

August 27th, 2018


Do you or someone you know need assistance in getting a psychiatric service animal? It can be daunting to jump through the hoops or even ask for help. In this episode, we sit down with Stephanie L. Taylor to discuss her …

YOMF014: Ryan Dedmon - Be Like a Redwood Tree

August 20th, 2018


Are you feeling burnt out? Are you ready to change your outlook on your helping profession but not sure how? Today, we talk to former 9-1-1 Dispatcher Ryan Dedmon of Kim Turner LLC and the 911 Training Institute to …

YOMF013: APCO 2018 Recap and a Look Ahead

August 14th, 2018


Recap of APCO 2018; why I have been slacking lately and a look ahead to some exciting things!


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YOMF012: Intuitive Parenting with Kristi Finney

August 6th, 2018


Do you have kids? Do you struggle to understand them and how to connect with them? In this episode, Kristi Finney will explain to us how intuitive parenting helped her change her relationship with her kids for the …

YOMF011: Wendy Mcilwraith a Suicide Survivor & Code9 Project Ambassador

July 23rd, 2018


Suicide rates for first responders are climbing. Today, we talk to suicide survivor and Project Code9 Ambassador Wendy Mcilwraith about her mission to take away the stigma around suicide and PTSD, and how she is …

YOMF010: Joyfully Divorced with Diane McDermott

July 16th, 2018


What does it mean to be “joyfully divorced?”  Those are not two words you hear together very often!  Today, we chat with Diane McDermott who is …

YOMF009: Rapid Transformational Therapy with Amy Turner

July 9th, 2018


She’s baaaaack!  Amy Turner, the "No B.S. Sweetheart" and the founder of No B.S. Therapy is back for Round 2 on the Your Oxygen Mask First Podcast.  Today, we are diving into Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) which …

YOMF008: Abundance Daily

July 2nd, 2018


What does practicing abundance and mindfulness have to do with your profession as a “helper”? Today we are joined by Alex and Sarah Dumas, owners and …

YOMF007: Holistic Fitness With Shelby Foster

June 25th, 2018


Have you ever wondered how to fit in work, attend to your family, obligations, and fit in time for fitness and wellness? Today we chat with Shelby …

YOMF006: Shauna's Story

June 18th, 2018


Suicide rates among people in the helping profession are high right now, and we are seeing an overall rise in people taking their own lives across the country. Today, Erin shares a personal story and asks the question, …

YOMF005: You are Not Your Job - Kory and Baking

June 11th, 2018


What does baking, bourbon, hobbies, and compassion fatigue have to do with your wellness as a “helper?”  Today we sit down with Kory Linn, an 18-year veteran 9-1-1 dispatcher to discuss why there is more to you than …

YOMF004: Gabriela a 911 Dispatcher

June 4th, 2018


Imagine going from happy to sad, elated to defeated, exhilarated to exhausted all in the same hour! That is the real life of a 9-1-1 Dispatcher/Telecommunicator. Today, we sit down with 26-year 9-1-1 dispatch veteran …

YOMF003: True REST Float Spa - Chico

May 28th, 2018


Have you ever wondered what it was like to be weightless?  To float in water, completely supported and relaxed?  In this episode, we sit down with Vee Carpenter, owner of True REST Float Spa in Chico, California to find …

YOMF002: No B.S. Therapy

May 21st, 2018


How do you know when it is time to talk to a professional about mental health issues? How do you even go about finding someone who is a good fit for you? In this episode, we will chat with the "No B.S. Sweetheart" Amy …

YOMF001: Your Oxygen Mask First Introduction

May 11th, 2018


You CAN’T help anyone unless you help yourself first; what Your Oxygen Mask First podcast is all about.


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