Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – A Firefighter’s Story

Close your eyes and imagine yourself running into a burning building, putting out the flames and saving someone caught in the fire. Firefighter Rob Leathen has been doing just that for 30 years.

Rob describes his Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that has been part of his life for most of his career. Rob works hard on his own life but also with others suffering with PTSD.  He is part of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ( campaign – Today  – highlighting the amazing research CAMH is doing into solving the mysteries of mental illness.

To see Rob’s incredible artwork and read his writing visit his website at


About PTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a natural emotional response to frightening or dangerous experiences that involve actual or threatened serious harm to oneself or others. However, for some people, the thoughts or memories of these events seriously affect their lives, long after any real danger has passed. These types of experiences are called “traumatic.”

For more information about PTSD visit the CAMH website.