In this very special episode of All-Volunteer, All Heart from Binky Patrol, host Susan Finch sits down with Eric Berndt to talk about his experience coping with the loss of his father at a young age. Eric’s story is a powerful testament to the importance of community, vulnerability, and resilience in the face of unimaginable hardship.

Eric opens up about the challenges he faced as a teenager struggling to come to terms with his father’s sudden death, and the ways in which he found support and healing in unexpected places. From trauma camps to TEDx talks, Eric has made it his mission to share his story and help others who may be silently suffering.

Susan and Eric discuss the importance of checking in on loved ones, especially during quiet times when the full weight of loss can hit the hardest. They also highlight the value of being open and vulnerable, both for oneself and for others, and the ways in which this can build trust, deepen connections, and ultimately lead to greater healing. Listen to this episode to hear Eric’s inspiring story, and to learn more about the power of community, resilience, and hope in the face of loss, “Breaking the Stigma: Seeking Help is a Sign of Strength.”



Eric’s Aunt, Carolyn Berndt was on an earlier episode.

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