About Today’s Guest:
Shawn is a 14-year veteran with the Kansas City, Missouri Police department. She is a Missouri Dole Caregiver Fellow alumna for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Since May of 2013 Shawn has been a caregiver for her husband who is a 23-year Army veteran. She has a passion for supporting and advocating for military and veteran family caregivers. Shawn has earned her Bachelor degree in Social Psychology and is in her last year of her Master’s degree in social work. She was awarded the Field Education Student of the Year for 2018-19 with Park University.
Shawn is the President of the Phi Alpha Rho Epsilon Honor Society at Park University. She is a certified Peer Mentor and Facilitator with the Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network. She is also a Peer Mentor with the VA Caregiver Program. She was chosen as a Caregiver Visionary winner for Caregiving.com and will be presented the award at the 2019 National Convention in Chicago. Shawn openly shares her caregiver story throughout the United States in hopes that all family caregivers will be recognized for the work they do to take care of our wounded veterans. Shawn has four daughters, two step-sons, and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys reading and traveling.
In this Episode, you will learn:
- Shawn’s background and experience
- Caregivers On The Homefront
- Shawn’s experience with her veteran husband’s suicide attempt
- Paying attention to the feeling that something is wrong
- Building a support network for times of crisis
- Need to educate family members
- Safety planning for all members of the family
- Post-attempt support
- Equipping caregivers with resources
- Question, Persuade, Respond gatekeeper prevention training
- Strength through adversity
Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Caregivers On The Homefront Website
Caregivers On The Homefront on Social Media:
Join the Head Space and Timing community on Flick
Want to learn more about Service Members, Veterans, and Military Family Member Mental Health?
Check out this webinar series.
HS&T Announcement: Military and Veteran Culture Webinar Series
Do you want to help offset some of the costs of the Head Space and Timing Blog and Podcast? Want to show your appreciation and support? You can put some paper in the tip jar by going here or clicking the button below
Want to keep up with the latest Head Space and Timing content?
Click here to sign up to receive a weekly newsletter with all new content released that week
Using an app makes subscribing and listening to podcasts (both ours and others) so much simpler. Just subscribe to Head Space and Timing within your app and it will automatically update every time a new episode is released. You can also find all of the podcast players here.
Do you want to check out Duane’s latest book, Combat Vet Don’t Mean Crazy: Veteran Mental Health in Post-Military Life? Check it out!