EPISODES
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Missing my Team

    Hey there F.I.N.E. Family and welcome to another episode of the 172nd most listened to mental health podcast in Cambodia! 


    On today's episode we talk about something that many veterans miss after leaving service: camaraderie. We explain what it is and why it is so important in military culture, why it tends to be lacking in the civilian world, the scientific benefits and impact camaraderie has on the body and mind, how veterans can stay connected to their peers after they leave service, and a lot more! We also share some resources on some of the organizations that have helped us regain that sense of belonginging.


    And THANK YOU to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more by calling them at 708-235-3352 or visit them at:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    1h 9m | Feb 19, 2024
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Battling the Elements

    Welcome back FINE Family! After a brief hiatus the boys are back with a new episode about how the weather impacts our Mental Health. 


    Eric and Brad talk about the personal and scientific perspectives on the connection between weather and our mood, how weather can impact veteran mental health specifically, the impact that being outside has on your mental health, and how you can get yourself in a better mood when the weather gets you down. 


    And THANK YOU to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more by calling them at 708-235-3352 or visit them at:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    59m | Feb 5, 2024
  • Mental Health Mondays with Melanie McCummiskey - Grief

    In this episode of Mental Health Mondays, host Melanie McCummiskey delves into the profound and complex topic of grief. As she opens the discussion, Melanie defines grief as the process of accepting and navigating through the array of emotions that accompany loss, whether it's the loss of a loved one, a job, or an opportunity.


    Throughout the episode, Melanie explores the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—providing insights into what each stage entails. She emphasizes the normalcy of feeling anger during the grieving process and discusses the phase of bargaining, where individuals may find themselves making deals with a higher power in an attempt to bring back what has been lost.


    Melanie skillfully guides us through the stages of depression, highlighting the deep sadness that often accompanies the realization of loss. Finally, she touches on the ultimate stage of grief: acceptance. Here, individuals reach a point of equilibrium, having traversed the emotional rollercoaster and fully embraced the reality of the changed circumstances.


    In the latter part of the episode, Melanie offers practical advice on managing grief, tailoring her recommendations based on age. For children aged 12 and under, she recommends two insightful books— "When Someone Dies" by Andrea Dawn and "The Memory Book," a grief journal for parents and kids. For adults navigating grief, Melanie suggests two highly recommended books: "Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces" by Paul Coleman and "The Long Grief Journey" by Pam Blair.

    6m | Jan 29, 2024
  • Mental Health Mondays with Melanie McCumiskey - Parentification

    In this episode of Mental Health Mondays with Melanie McCummiskey, the topic of discussion is parental vacation, also known as parentification. Melanie explores the concept of parentification, which refers to the responsibilities placed on a child that should be carried out by their caregivers. She provides examples such as watching siblings, providing emotional support, and taking over adult responsibilities like paying bills. Melanie highlights the potential issues and consequences of parentification, including confusion and power struggles for the child. She offers suggestions to prevent parentification, such as introducing age-appropriate chores, focusing on nurturing and parenting, and being aware of motivations behind assigning responsibilities to children. Tune in to gain insights into this important aspect of mental health and parenting.

    5m | Jan 22, 2024
  • Mental Health Mondays with Melanie McCummiskey - Parenting Preteens and Teens

    Mental Health Mondays with Melanie are back on The I'm F.I.N.E. Podcast!


    On this episode, Melanie dives into parenting preteens and teens.


    When parenting preteens and teens, it is important to remember that their brains are still developing and they are going through a delicate time. Social media and phone use can be challenging, so monitoring and setting boundaries is crucial. Bullying and social pressure are also concerns, and it is important to have open conversations with kids about managing stressors. Ultimately, parents should make decisions based on their child's emotional maturity and safety, rather than societal norms.


    Don't forget to subscribe for future Mental Health Monday episodes!

    7m | Jan 15, 2024
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Starting Over

    Happy 2024 FINE Family and welcome to our first episode of the year where we talk about something that instills fear in many this time of the year and beyond - starting over. 


    Whether it's transitioning out of the military, sticking to a New Years Resolution, or finding yourself at a crossroad in your life that could lead you down a completely new path, starting over can be incredibly intimidating. But on today's episode we talk about why it doesn't have to be, and we do so with our friend, Marine, and Co-Owner of Wild Harts Farm and Beacon Training Group, Craig Zelhart. 


    Craig and the boys discuss times in their lives where they have started over, what they believe the issues veterans have in starting over, why starting over can be so beneficial for your growth as a person, and how you can start over if you have been thinking about it yourself.


    And THANK YOU to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more by calling them at 708-235-3352 or visit them at:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc


    Find out more about all of the incredible things Craig is doing at:


    https://www.wildhartsfarm.org/


    https://beacontraininggroup.com/

    1h 44m | Jan 8, 2024
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with BEING SANTA CLAUS

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


    It's been a long year, and we've covered a lot of topics, so for this episode we wanted to take a moment to spread a little Christmas cheer. To do that, we called in a few favors and were actually able to get Santa Claus into the I'm F.I.N.E. studio for some milk, cookies, and conversation. 


    We tackle some of the hard-to-ask questions like what Santa's favorite Christmas movie is, his favorite cookie, and also what his self-care routine is like. The boys also learn about the best and the hardest gifts Santa has ever been asked to deliver, and a lot more. 


    We hope you and your loved ones enjoy this special holiday episode, and have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!


    And THANK YOU to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more by calling them at 708-235-3352 or visit them at:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    1h 3m | Dec 23, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Being Stressed Out

    Get ready for a laughter-infused ride as Eric Peterson and Brad Stosiek open the door to stress-free living on the latest I'm F.I.N.E. Podcast episode! Explore the unexpected therapeutic power of family dinners and bedtime chats, with Eric sharing heartwarming moments from his nightly routine with his daughters. Discover how laughter becomes medicine in Brad's life, especially through the zen of cooking and how is mom finds doing the dishes surprisingly relaxing.


    Delve into the wisdom of saying 'no' to added responsibilities, Tim Allen-style neighbor vibes, and the joy of embracing one's authentic self within a supportive community. Don't miss Brad's amusing tattoo shop revelation and the transformative effect of a well-planned meal on his stress levels.


    Tune in for a rollercoaster of insights, personal stories, and genuine camaraderie that will leave you not just informed but uplifted.


    THANK YOU to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more by calling them at 708-235-3352 or visit them at:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    1h 5m | Dec 5, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Giving Until It Hurts (with Special Guest Mike Murphy from Let's Ketchup)

    Happy Thanksgiving Fine Fam!!!


    For today's episode we wanted to shift our focus back to the reason for the season, and that is giving to others. For an episode like this, we could not think of a better person to discuss this topic with than our friend and CEO of another amazing nonprofit organization, Mike Murphy from Let's Ketchup. 


    Mike shares his backstory and what caused him to create Let's Ketchup with his best friends, and what they do. The boys and Mike then discuss the benefits of giving for your mental health all the way down to the brain chemicals, why giving feels so good, what over-giving could mean, and how you can start giving more if you are searching for a little more worth.


    Find out more about Let's Ketchup and their mission to eliminate student lunch debt at:


    https://www.letsketchup.org/


    And a huge Thanksgiving THANK YOU to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more by calling them at 708-235-3352 or visit them at:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    1h 13m | Nov 20, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Secretly Hating Myself (With Special Guest John Haberkamp)

    Hey there Fine Fam and Happy Monday!


    On today's episode, Brad and Eric invite Navy Veteran and owner of Guardian Concepts John Haberkamp, to talk about something these three have dealt with, both with themselves and others: hating themselves.


    The idea of hating yourself openly or I'm secret is much more common than one would think. The boys talk about some of the signs you may be showing if you hate yourself in secret, why people hate themselves, and some constructive ways that may help you go a little easier on yourself if you've ever felt like you too have hated yourself.


    Thank you to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more by calling them at 708-235-3352 or visit them at:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    1h 16m | Nov 6, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Non-Stop Arguing

    Happy Monday FINE Family!!


    On today's episode, Brad and Eric talk about arguing.


    They discuss the relationship between arguing and one's mental health, how the arguing of parents can affect children, popular argument fighting styles, the positive side of arguing. And how to argue constructively.


    As you know, with certain topics we do our best to bring in professionals, and we come through with flying colors on today's episode with the World Champion of arguing, Eric's wife, the beautiful Ashley Peterson. 


    Thank you to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more by calling them at 708-235-3352 or visit them at:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    1h 22m | Oct 23, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Spooky Spirituality

    Hey there FINE Family! As we move into the spooky season the boys wanted to take an episode to talk about something that has helped them both on their journey to a better understanding of their own mental health: Spirituality. 


    Eric and Brad talk about what spirituality is, the difference between religion and spirituality, the significant role spirituality has played in their lives, and then in honor of the season, the boys share a few of their favorite ghost stories to get themselves in the Halloween spirit!


    Thank you to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Learn more by calling 708-235-3353 or visit:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    1h 20m | Oct 9, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Being Open About Veteran Suicide

    Happy Monday FINE Family!!


    Today the boys tackle one of the toughest topics they've had to discuss to date: veteran suicide. To help them dive into this, they enlist the help of their friend and member of the Project Headspace and Timing Family, Connor Chwaszczewski (pronounced ashj-kdnrbt-kdhrbni-dkrbke-ski). 


    Our hosts join Connor in sharing their personal experiences with veteran suicide, some of the more alarming statistics out there (some of which may surprise you), and why they think that veteran suicide continues to be such an issue while making light through the use of their brand of humor in the process.


    If you are a veteran that is struggling with the thoughts of suicide, please dial the Veteran Crisis Line. It is 24/7, confidential crisis support for Veterans and their loved ones. To contact the Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988 then Press 1, chat online, or text 838255.


    Thank you to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more by calling them at 708-235-3353 or visit them at:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc


    And shoutout to our friend, veteran Tim Allsteadt at Elite Impressions & Engraving for hooking up Eric with a fitting birthday present! Check out his store and promo he is running for Project Headspace and Timing at:


    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61550733008787&mibextid=ZbWKwL

    1h 28m | Sep 25, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Laughing Through Pain

    Happy Fall FINE Family!!


    If it hasn't been clear from the very beginning, a sense of humor has been an integral part of why our hosts have been able to make it through, and talk about, some of the traumatic experiences in their lives. So for today's episode they take on an age-old question: is laughter really the best medicine? 


    The boys also share personal stories of how having a sense of humor has helped them, why they think many service men and women have darker senses of humor, and some tips and tricks on improving your own sense of humor.


    Thank you to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more below:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    1h 4m | Sep 11, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Finally Being Accepted

    Happy Monday FINE Family! 


    Have you ever felt like an outcast amongst any group of people, or even to yourself?


    On todays episode, the boys discuss the different ways that they have learned to deal with acceptance both internally and externally, how they have been forced to accept difficult situations in their lives, tips and tricks to accept difficult situations in your own life, and why they think acceptance is so important for veterans transitioning out of military service. 


    Thank you to our partner on this episode, TRIO! Find out more below:


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    1h 20m | Aug 28, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Severe Depression (With Special Guest Kristen Rubio)

    Happy Monday FINE Family! On today's episode we are going to discuss: Depression! Yaaaaay!


    The boys are joined by retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant Kristen Rubio to talk about depression symptoms, causes, how they deal with it, and much more. The crew discuss the impact their time in service has had on their own depression, and finish up the episode by sharing a heartfelt message from a listener.


    Thank you to our sponsors for this episode, Smart Local 265, and our partner, TRIO! Find out more below:


    www.smart265.org 


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc


    Keep in touch with Kristen on TikTok at @krubio37 or email her at kmrubio.86@gmail.com for information on how you can utilize her personal training services!

    1h 40m | Aug 7, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Crippling Anxiety (With Special Guest Ty Watson)

    If your palms are sweaty, knees weak and arms are heavy you could either be Marshall Mathers, or have experience with the topic for today's episode: ANXIETY.


    Anxiety is characterized by several symptoms and is listed in 11 different diagnoses in the DSM 5, and is an experience we feel many are familiar with. So on today's episode, Eric and Brad dive into what anxiety is, the symptoms, their experiences with it, where they think it comes from, and how to deal with it. The boys are joined in conversation by their friend, 14-year Navy Corpsman and P.H.A.T. Family member, Ty Watson.


    Thank you to our sponsors for this episode, Smart Local 265, Cas Cauliflower Pizzas, and our partner, TRIO! Find out more below:


    www.Smart265.org


    www.cascauliflowerpizza.com - Enter "Fine Family" before your name in the shipping address and get a free pizza with your first order!


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc


    And check out our guest's hilarious viral videos on TikTok at .the_doc

    1h 24m | Jul 25, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Finally Asking for Help

    Happy Monday FINE Family!


    After covering an array of topics from the stages of grief to toxic workplaces the boys wanted to cover one common aspect of many of the episodes discussed this far: how to ask for help.


    They discuss times in their lives where they've asked for help, why they think it is so hard for men and for veterans to ask for help, and what you can do if you are having a hard time asking for help.


    Thank you to our wonderful sponsors of this episode, Smart Local 265, Cas Cauliflower Pizzas, Sergeant Stickers, and TRIO! Find out more below:


    www.Smart265.org


    www.cascauliflowerpizza.com - Enter "Fine Family" before your name in the shipping address and get a free pizza with your first order!


    www.sergeantstickers.com


    www.govst.edu/trioeoc

    48m | Jul 10, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with Failing as a Parent

    On today's episode, Eric and Brad break in the new microphones and cover what it feels like to fail as a parent. They talk about the different parenting styles, how they were parented in comparison to how they parent their children, and what someone can do when they feel like they have failed as a parent. To close out the episode, the boys read advice submitted by our listeners and other members of the Fine Family, to give some grace to others that have ever felt like they have failed as a parent.


    Thank you to our sponsors for this episode, Smart Local 265, Cas Cauliflower Pizzas, and Sergeant Stickers! Find out more below:


    www.Smart265.org


    www.cascauliflowerpizza.com - Enter "Fine Family" before your name in the shipping address and get a free pizza with your first order!


    www.sergeantstickers.com

    1h 36m | Jun 26, 2023
  • I'm F.I.N.E. with the Great Outdoors!

    The FINE Family gets together with Chris James, local veteran, artist, outdoorsman and employee of our sponsor, SMART Local 265, to talk about the significant impact being outdoors has on mental health. The boys share their mutual experiences with how being outdoors has been incredibly beneficial to each of them, and they finish up talking about the upcoming festival, Heroes, Hogs, and Hot Rods.


    And a huge THANK YOU to our sponsor of this episode Smart Local 265!


    Please check them out at:


    www.smart265.org.

    1h 31m | Jun 5, 2023
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