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Uncomfortably Numb

Above Ground Podcast

Release Date: 03/24/2021

The Joshua Tree w/Jeff Brisbin show art The Joshua Tree w/Jeff Brisbin

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"We don't get drunk in the moment or get waterlogged in the ocean, of it." says Jeff Brisbin about his son Josh. Jeff's family lost Josh ten years ago to suicide. Josh lives on in their memory and under the Joshua Tree. They share the same old moon. 

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It sucks to be honest and it hurts to be real. Shadow Days are never behind us. They are quietly waiting under the water like a great white, waiting to attack it’s next meal and leaving our psyche in tatters on the floor. 

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Symptoms of the Universe w/Hannah Stainer show art Symptoms of the Universe w/Hannah Stainer

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Everyone experiences the Symptoms of the Universe. Hannah Stainer realized that depression is an electrifying enemy, but standing up for yourself is swimming into a magic ocean.

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When you’re tired of having to be strong  for strength’s sake and feeling overwhelmed, we can become reluctant to hear the calling of the hero in our story.

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Silence only strengthens stigma, but Rob Leathen  is here to dowse that fire with a hose full of truth and experience. He speaks openly and honestly about his struggles and the source of pain for many of our dispatchers who simply just can’t un-hear things people should not hear.

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It's not always about you. Holding space is not judging, fixing, or adding your experience. The Space Between is making it about someone else, because I have all the time for you, love. Vulnerability is a trait necessary to open oneself without making it about you. Uncomfortable feelings often arise. But, we don't have to be afraid or think we need the answers. No answers are a prerequisite.

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Are you ready for real conversations about mental wellness, mental illness and everything in between? We are Will & TPP! Welcome to Above Ground Podcast.

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Falling Back to See What Kelly Found show art Falling Back to See What Kelly Found

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Victoria, B.C.'s Kelly Conrad is a blogger, BeachBody enthusiast and complex PTSD 'thriver'. The universe dumped the trash bin of her life, forcing her to pick up and examine every piece. We hear her story of overcoming the Negative Olympics to living a grateful, healed and purposeful life. Complex PTSD is a response to repetitive trauma with little or no chance of escape.

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Hold the Line show art Hold the Line

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This week Will & TPP hold the line and discuss boundaries. Boundaries are lines that are created by you for you. Guidelines or limits we create to identify more reasonable ways for people to treat us. Boundaries can be flexible and help foster self esteem. There are intellectual, physical and emotional types of boundaries. Not everyone will adhere to your boundaries. You may not, either.

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She Has Been to Venus and Back show art She Has Been to Venus and Back

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'Tori', our guest this week. has lost a daughter, only after a few weeks of life. Survived cancer. With her son, humor, community and love of life helping her tread and fight her way back to shore. 

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Silence only strengthens stigma, but Rob Leathen  is here to dowse that fire with a hose full of truth and experience. He speaks openly and honestly about his struggles and the source of pain for many of our dispatchers who simply just can’t un-hear things people should not hear.

 

We often think of the first line response we see on a fire or accident call. We forget there are human beings answering these calls to send teams where they need to go. We forget the first voice we hear in a distress call is voice of a trained individual who’s job it is to stay cool and perform under pressure to relieve our pain. But, who relieves their issues when they keep hearing horrendous fear and despair. 

 

Rob has 28 years of service. Starting out in dispatch outside of Toronto, Ontario Canada. He has been a firefighter, captain and became platoon chief of Central York Fire Services. 

 

Therapy, art and writing have helped Rob get his PTSD and depression in check and though he still has bad days, the good days are greater in number.  He is minimizing his distress with EMDR. 

 

You can find Rob’s visceral visuals at 

 

Leathen.ca