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Uncomfortably Numb

Above Ground Podcast

Release Date: 03/24/2021

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"In waiting for the right words, we might be silent awhile", says Garra Lloyd-Lester, about starting the conversation about suicide. You don't need to be a PRO to follow what your Spidey senses are telling you. You just need to be HUMAN.

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Forgiveness is the releasing of anger and resentment. A vital importance in propelling you forward past traumas, grief or victimization. It is beneficial to your healing and mental health. It can enhance optimism and elevate your mood. Forgiveness is the bouncer to anger, stress, anxiety and even the head gremlin named, DE-pression. 

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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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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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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