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1. Veteran Mental Health w/ Jeff Widenhofer
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1. Veteran Mental Health w/ Jeff Widenhofer

Navy pilot turned licensed psychotherapist

Whether you like it or not, I’ve officially joined the legions of podcasters out there… I’m launching the RARE SENSE Podcast this month with Episode 1 instead of writing an article. That’s primarily because of the work that went into getting things off the ground. I didn’t have the time to draft a post as well. However, I hope to add the podcast to the mix moving forward. So, while I may be publishing an article or an episode each month for the foreseeable future, eventually, I’d like to provide both monthly, along with my book recommendation.

There are several reasons I decided to take the podcast plunge:

  • Friends have recommended that I do it.

  • Many prefer consuming media aurally at times (myself included).

  • I’ve had some discussions in recent months about mind fitness that I wish had been recorded.

  • I want to provide insight and perspectives on mind fitness from people other than myself.

  • Conversations themselves are more free-flowing and open-ended than articles.

Like my blog posts, the podcast is free and should be available on most major streaming platforms soon, if not already. I’m sure there will be a few unanticipated kinks with this first episode, so please excuse whatever those end up being. I’ll figure it out as I go along.

I plan to interview guests but may also provide audio versions of posts at times. I’m not 100% sure about its direction, and I’d love to get your feedback. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or other thoughts by responding to this email.

For this first episode, I’m speaking with Jeff Widenhofer. “Weed” is a friend and classmate from the Naval Academy, retired helicopter pilot, and former Broadway musician. He is studying for a Master in Social Work from the University of Denver to become a licensed psychotherapist. Part of his training involves working with inpatients at a local hospital and speaking with combat veterans at a VA counseling center. As a veteran and someone working with veterans in the mental health space, I thought he would be a perfect guest to kick things off.

Lastly, if you want something to read this month and are new to my Substack, I recommend checking out The RARE SENSE Manifesto and The 5 W’s of You. I’ll be back next month with a new article.

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  • Subscribe to the RARE SENSE podcast on any major streaming platform and leave a five-star review if you love it.

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  • Take the RARE SENSE Challenge.

  • Connect with me on all major social media platforms @thischrisirwin.

  • Invite me to speak about mind fitness to your organization by filling out the RARE SENSE contact form.

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DISCLAIMER: RARE SENSE content is not medical advice. Nor does it represent the official position or opinions of any other organization or person. If you require diagnosis or treatment for a mental or physical issue or illness, please seek it from a licensed professional.

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RARE SENSE
RARE SENSE | Mind Fitness
RARE SENSE aims to openly talk about all aspects of mental health, including difficult discussions with practitioners, sufferers, and others. Join us as we explore the landscape of mental treatment and training, all in the uncommon pursuit of mind fitness.
The podcast is hosted by Chris Irwin, a Navy SEAL veteran who struggled for over a decade with chronic mental and physical illness after serving in the military. Chris utilizes the expertise he gained during that journey to dive deep into tough topics while being completely vulnerable and open about his own experiences and struggles. These are the conversations about mental health we must have in the modern age.
DISCLAIMER: RARE SENSE content is not medical advice. Nor does it represent the official position or opinions of any other organization or person. If you require diagnosis or treatment for a mental or physical issue or illness, please seek it from a licensed professional.