Mental Health News Radio Network Podcast Rescue the Rescuer Tackles Addiction and Mental Illness in the First Responder Community

Rescue the Rescuer podcast hosted by Stephen Kavalkovich

Former New Jersey paramedic Steven Kavalkovich nearly died from a heroin overdose before finding recovery from drug addiction and mental illness. This journey led to his current role as host of Mental Health News Radio Network podcast Rescue the Rescuer. Rescue the Rescuer sheds light on the mental and emotional stresses faced by police officers, firefighters, soldiers, EMS providers and other first responders - stresses which can lead to mental illnesses such as PTSD and addiction problems.

Rescue the Rescuer aims to reduce shame and stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction among first responders and find solutions to these problems through open dialogue and advocacy.

I knew first responders needed a voice to talk about this and podcasting made the most sense in 2017.

Stephen Kavalkovich, Podcast host and MHNRN Director of Network Development

Kavalkovich said, “I always knew that I was good at expressing ideas and thoughts. I’d been writing for many blogs but I wasn’t getting the reach I wanted. Being a former paramedic who lost it all to mental health issues and heroin, I knew first responders needed a voice to talk about this and podcasting made the most sense in 2017.”

Rescue the Rescuer airs weekly. Recent episode topics include Gangbanging, Tattoos and Paying it Forward, Join the paramedic who saved me from a heroin overdose and PTSD does not define me.

In addition to hosting Rescue the Rescuer, Steven Kavalkovich will be speaking at the Recovered Purpose event in Connecticut on Oct. 14. He is Mental Health News Radio Network’s director of network development.

Rescue the Rescuers is sponsored by Stepstone Connect and Rescued Consulting LLC. It is one of 35 podcasts hosted by Mental Health News Radio Network and shares the network’s mission to combat stigma surrounding mental health through education, advocacy and dialogue.

About Mental Health News Radio

Mental Health News Radio Network hosts over 30 podcasts covering all aspects of mental and behavioral health and well-being. Its mission is to combat mental health stigma through advocacy, education and dialogue. MHNR Network podcasters run the gamut from leading mental health professionals and coaches to peer specialists and addiction recovery advocates. To date, MHNR Network has aired over 1,000 episodes and has listeners in over 170 countries. It is the world’s largest podcast network dedicated solely to mental health and well-being content.


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