Whole-Person Wellness for First Responders

Bend Don't Break

May 24 2023 • 35 mins

This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by  Kyle Stubbs, who is a member of the RCMP and was formerly in the Surrey Detachment.

In this episode, Chief Dubord speaks with Kyle about how his life took a sudden shift in 2018 with his premature daughter's birth. Kyle openly shares how his entire family was affected by this and especially the impact that the vulnerable health condition of his baby girl had on him as a father, a husband, and a cop. Kyle shares how he struggled to find the support he needed but, fortunately, ran into a therapeutic group that changed his life forever. This transformation brought along a new purpose to him: Nine8, a Health and Wellness Training Program for first responders Kyle created.

Key Takeaways:

[1:13] Kyle introduces himself.

[1:51] How did the frequent moving affect Kyle and his family?

[2:38] Kyle takes us back to 2018, when his younger daughter was born.

[5:25] Kyle talks about the delivery of her premature baby girl.

[7:31] Kyle ignored how this situation would impact his entire family.

[8:42] They had to fly back to the Children’s Hospital soon after arriving home.

[10:21] Kyle was told by the doctors her baby, Matilda, was going to go through surgery and that there was a possibility that she wouldn’t survive it.

[11:11] Matilda fully recovered; today she is a typical 5-year-old!

[11:33] Kyle talks about the pressure he placed on himself for not going to work during that period when Matilda was recovering.

[13:30] How did Kyle deal with the stress?

[14:34] Kyle became numb and disconnected from his family.

[15:14] Kyle tried therapy without luck, but he found a group that gave him the support he needed.

[16:50] Kyle’s least favorite word: Should.

[19:56] How did Kyle find the therapeutic group? How long did it take him to find it?

[22:14] By assisting the group, Kyle realized he was not alone.

[23:04] Kyle began a journey that provided even more meaning to his life and self-discovery.

[25:16] Kyle created Nine8, a 10-week program for first responders.

[26:18] Kyle shares some interesting statistics about under and over-40-year-old men and their meaningful connections.

[28:36] You are not alone.

[30:18] Chief Dubord highlights some of the most essential messages brought by Kyle to today’s episode.

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