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Uncomfortably Numb

Above Ground Podcast

Release Date: 03/24/2021

Scars w/Benjamin Lerner show art Scars w/Benjamin Lerner

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Scars are beautiful. They are souvenirs of the battles of the human condition. Benjamin Lerner speaks of his scars with reverence and respect. Metaphorical or literal scars are carried by us all. Can you look at your scars like a postcard from the edge?

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Hey, Hey What Can I Do!? show art Hey, Hey What Can I Do!?

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Is it possible to fail forward? Thanks to listener, Aylssa, for the question! Damn right it is!! As a matter of fact it's the only choice we have! It is what we tell ourselves about perceived failure that renders us impotent to affect change in our lives. We need to fail to succeed. It's called learning. It's called resilience. It's called will. 

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No Hopeless Soul w/Jayme from Indy show art No Hopeless Soul w/Jayme from Indy

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The death of a child is like a roller coaster you can never get off. Jayme from Indy shares the story of losing her 20 year old son Griffin to suicide. Griffin died in September of 2018. This is our final September Suicide Awareness Month Inner-View. 

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Standing in His Own Power w/Patsy Grieco of Fast Lane Tattoo show art Standing in His Own Power w/Patsy Grieco of Fast Lane Tattoo

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Patsy embodies strength, wisdom and survival. He fights his way through grief by sharing his words in his Facebook videos. He helps people heal with the touch of his tattoo gun. He is finally standing in his own power.

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The Big Ask w/Devin Tomiak of the Biggies Cards show art The Big Ask w/Devin Tomiak of the Biggies Cards

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 Grant, was a James Beard Award winning chef. He was on the verge of opening a new Houston, TX restaurant. He was also diagnosed with MS. Two days before he was set to visit his sister, Devin, he died by suicide. Devin Tomiak opens up about losing, her brother, Grant. While healing from the tragic loss, Devin took all the knowledge she learned to create the Biggies Conversation Cards. 

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Day After Yesterday show art Day After Yesterday

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Ameliorate means to make something bad or unsatisfactory better. This episode embodies the definition of the word. This anonymous discussion covers all the bases of mental illness and crisis. Suicide, control, narcissistic and depressive disorders.  This ‘thrival story is another in our special September Suicide Awareness Inner-Views. 

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Don't Stop Believing w/Michael and Jessica Domingos of Tiny Evie Rocks show art Don't Stop Believing w/Michael and Jessica Domingos of Tiny Evie Rocks

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his week starts our special suicide prevention and awareness month ‘thrival story September. Our guests are Michael and Jessica Domingos. The couple started the 501(c)3, Tiny Evie Rocks, following the loss of their daughter, Evie, to suicide at age twelve. Sharing the story of their loss and a new mission to spread kindness one rock at a time. Michael and Jessica embody hope. If you Don’t Stop Believing, you can hold on and create something wonderful out of tragedy.

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Nothing Else Matters show art Nothing Else Matters

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Hard to believe that summer is rounding the bend and we are days away from September. September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness month.  For AGP that is a 365/24/7 endeavor. This month we are bringing you five ‘thrival’ stories of loss, grief, love and resilience. Five stories of loved ones lost to suicide. Five stories of the survivors that faced life without their loved ones and turned it into a story of remembrance and rebirth. 

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The Fire Inside w/Carl Waggett show art The Fire Inside w/Carl Waggett

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Our guest this week is Carl Waggett. Carl is an Ontario Fire Fighter , Storyteller, host of PTSD Bunker Gear for Your Brain and wearer of boss tee shirts.  

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Love? show art Love?

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This week we are joined by our good friend, Jordan. We are talking love.  Self love, unconditional love. Loving a partner or others. What’s the difference between  essential care, love and survival? This plate is heaping with all kinds of greasy morsels for us to chew on.  We only have two choices in my estimation, love or fear. What choice will you make? 

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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