EPISODE 107: Always Advocate For Yourself – A First Responder’s Dedication to Mental Health with Maverick Hann

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Today we’re going to take a casual yet heartwarming dive into the life of Mr. Maverick Khan.

He’s a firefighter, husband, father, and mental health advocate who has been through some tough times but has come out even stronger on the other side. In this episode of Warriors Unmasked, we’ll explore his journey from a young boy with big dreams to the man he is today. Growing up, Maverick had always dreamed of riding on the back of a firetruck and being of service to his community. His passion for firefighting led him to join the department at the young age of 17, and he’s been serving his community ever since. But in July of 2021, Maverick got a call that would change his life forever.

The call was about the unexpected loss of his best friend, and it shook him to his core. As he struggled to cope with his grief, Maverick realized that he needed to focus on his mental health and encourage others to do the same. He became a mental health advocate and started sharing his story with others, in hopes of inspiring them to take care of themselves too.

In this episode, we’ll get to hear all about Maverick’s journey from hurt and heartbreak to hope, encouragement, understanding, and empowerment. It’s a story that’s sure to touch your heart and leave you feeling inspired. So sit back, relax, and join us for another amazing episode of Warriors Unmasked.

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  • 0:00 Show introduction and messages from our sponsors
  • 2:54 Introducing Andy Lipman and the idea of doing your best without comparison
  • 8:55 Andy opens up about being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at an early age
  • 16:42 Life as a young man in high school and college dealing with CF
  • 25:18 What Andy’s mental health was like at his lowest point before he really began to get strong
  • 30:05 The 5 books Andy has written starting with “Alive at 25”
  • 35:16 Andy does not want to be defined by Cystic Fibrosis
  • 41:17 What does life look like for Andy Lipman these days?
  • 45:03 Andy’s key to making sure life has more ups than downs
  • 48:16 If you’re struggling in a similar way to what you’ve heard today, here’s a message from Andy


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