The Cumulative Effects of Trauma And How To Begin To Heal (w/ Conrad Weaver) – Episode 122

The Cumulative Effects of Trauma And How To Begin To Heal (w/ Conrad Weaver) – Episode 122

Conrad Weaver has made it his mission in life to tell stories that matter. After graduating with a psychology degree and spending several years as a youth pastor, he realized storytelling was his gift. As he says on his website, “My responsibility in the world is to leave it a better place than when I arrived. If the films I produce can play a role in that, then I’ve been successful.”

Currently, Conrad is working on a documentary called PTSD911, which focuses on first responders and their exposure and experiences with trauma. Today, he’ll tell us about some of the things he’s seen and what the first responder community is doing to address the issue of mental health for their team members.

While many of us don’t have experience as first responders, we’ve likely all experienced trauma. As you listen today, my prayer is that you’ll realize that there’s no shame in asking for help. We’re in this together. Reach out to us at 95Network today if you have questions or want to get connected.


Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 2.42.59 PMApple-95Network-Podcastspotify-95-podcast 

Links to Resources Mentioned or Related

Key Takeaways

1) Historically, the response to trauma in the first responder community has been a “suck it up buttercup” mentality. Because of the lack of support for mental health, issues like alcoholism and suicidal thoughts are rampant.

2) Slowly, people are becoming more receptive to talking about trauma. Today, trauma is the number one topic at first responder conferences. Some leaders in the field are starting to take note of mental health issues and address them.

3) Addressing the issue of trauma has to start from the top. It’s vital for leaders to say yes to getting help themselves. They also need training on how to deal with issues within their departments. There’s no shame in getting help.

4) We need to acknowledge that we’re all broken. As John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” We’re responsible for being honest with ourselves and with others. Honesty brings freedom. Who can you tell today?

Subscribe (and Leave a Review!)

Be sure to subscribe to The 95 Podcast on whatever platform you prefer! You can also keep up with the latest podcasts, articles, and resources by using the form below:

Your rating also helps more pastors of small and mid-size churches find this resource, especially on Apple Podcasts. Would you take a moment to share your thoughts? Just open the podcast on Apple Podcasts on your phone or computer and share your thoughts. We really appreciate it!

Support the Podcast

The 95 Podcast is a ministry of 95Network. As a nonprofit, we rely on the support of those who believe in our mission to resource small and mid-size churches and support pastors. If you have been impacted by this podcast or our ministry, would you consider supporting us?

Share Your Thoughts on Social Media

Let’s keep the conversation going! We use #smallchurches on Twitter, and you can keep up with the latest by following us on Twitter (@95Network)Facebook, or Instagram.

Post & Podcast Categories

Posts & Podcasts by Month