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Beyond the 1st Response

 

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A podcast that brings first responders, families, and mindset together for serious and humorous conversations on mental health.

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Robyn Mikel, the assistant program director for Red H.E.L.P. and Christy Lister, the Illinois State Reprepresntative for Blue H.E.L.P. have teamed up to share the First H.E.L.P. story.  They are doing this through conversations with our team members, first responders, family members, and corporate partners.  They are working to help listeners build a toolkit of resources.

Christy Lister

Christy Lister

Co-Host

Robyn Mikel

Robyn Mikel

Co-Host

EP 16: Matt Thornton – And Then..There Was A Sign #BT1R

In this episode of Beyond the 1st Response, Robyn and Christy have a discussion with Zion, IL Police Officer Matt Thornton. He talks about what it’s like to be working the very same streets on which he grew up. Thornton went from a cop in crisis to a cop in Christ,...

EP 15: Chris Moore – The Mental Bucket Trap #BT1R

EP 15: Chris Moore – The Mental Bucket Trap #BT1R

In this episode of Beyond the 1st Response, Robyn and Christy have a discussion with Chesapeake, VA Fire Captain Chris Moore about your mental bucket overflowing into a dark place. Chris opens up about his “mental bucket” overflowing and how he overcame this with the...

EP 14: Robyn Mikel – I Had No Idea How Any Of This Works #BT1R

EP 14: Robyn Mikel – I Had No Idea How Any Of This Works #BT1R

In this episode of Beyond the 1st Response, Robyn and Christy discuss what it looks like after you have a first responder suicide affect your home, the process of what goes through your head, and working to honor her husband with a line of duty death. Robyn who is the...

EP 13: Tiffany Vanyo- The Kids, The Love, The Struggle #BT1R

EP 13: Tiffany Vanyo- The Kids, The Love, The Struggle #BT1R

On this episode of Beyond the 1st Response, Robyn and Christy discuss the families left behind in the wake of a first responder parent’s suicide and how the kids can take the brunt of the trauma. Tiffany and her son Kyle lost Officer John Scollo to suicide on May...

EP 11: Nate Fisher – Firearm Malfunction #BT1R

Rolling Up on the Scene On this episode of Beyond the 1st Response, Robyn and Christy discuss what surviving a suicide attempt taught Nate Fisher, a retired police officer, active U.S National Guardsmen, and host of Surviving the Streets. Nate’s childhood dream was to...

EP 9: Ernie Stevens – Breathing Again #BT1R

EP 9: Ernie Stevens – Breathing Again #BT1R

On this episode of Beyond the 1st Response Robyn and Christy discuss the acronym G.E.B.Y. with Ernie Stevens from Crisis Cops. G.E.B.Y. is a mindfulness practice that helps first responders transition after retirement. Ernie Stevens is one of the now retired San...

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