Monday, April 6, 2020

Sleep: Practical Tips to Increase Resilience

Watch the video to get easy to follow tips

Lack of sleep is not a badge of honor to wear. Sleep is something we all need and all deserve it. Learn some practical, science-backed tips to help you get a good night's tonight.

...Getting sufficient sleep is closely linked with positive mental health and resilience. Think about it, having a proper night’s sleep allows you to re-energize in order to take on the expected and unexpected stressors the next day will bring. Researcher Matthew Walker explains how vital sleep is:
"Sleep appears to restore our emotional brain circuits… sleep is not a luxury that we can optionally choose to take whenever we like. It is a biological necessity, and without it, there is only so far the band will stretch before it snaps, with both cognitive and emotional consequences.” (From Southwick & Charney, 2018).

Read more at [HERE]. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Bringing Americans Home 2020 (Those Being Held Hostage)

The James W Foley Legacy Foundation has launched its second annual review of US Government handling of hostages cases. Bringing Americans Home 2020 is based on interviews with 25 people with direct experience of hostage taking or wrongful detention, both those who were held as well as their family members.

I was honored to join the launch event hosted by New America Foundation alongside Diane Foley, Lisa Monaco, and report author Cynthia Loertscher.

2. The families of Americans wrongly detained by a foreign government have not benefited from the changes stemming from the 2015 review and report poor satisfaction regarding their interaction with the US government

Read the full list and get the link to more at Rachel Brigg's website [HERE].

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Abducted Macon toddler safe, father now in custody in Florida

After almost six hours of a police standoff, the Tampa Police Department confirm that Caesar Crockett surrendered to their hostage negotiation team.
They say they talked to him for several hours as they came in contact with him at 1:30 p.m.
Read more at [HERE]. 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Real Resilience When We Need It Most

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Regardless of who you are and what your path is, we are in tough times to say the least. We have to make sure we are looking after ourselves. It doesn’t have to be complicated and we don’t have to attempt to try and stick with unrealistic, positive mental health practices and resilience techniques.

I created the warr;or21 program to share a practical and neuroscience-backed program in order to help people further develop their resiliency and enhance their mental health.

Everyone deserves this.

It was originally created for first responders but now participants include people from all professions and students from across the world. This article is adapted from that program and for everyone to think about their mental health and importantly try the exercise at the end.

To start, let this sink in: Before you can take care of others, you must start with yourself. That’s not foolish, it’s smart.

Read more at [HERE].

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Police shot Surrey hostage by accident during standoff: IIO

B.C.’s civilian police watchdog has cleared the RCMP of wrongdoing in connection with the death of a man and woman during a hostage-taking and standoff in Surrey last March.

...The Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (ERT) was called to the scene around 10 p.m. and a crisis negotiation tried to talk with the man and woman inside...

Around 3 a.m., Crosson was heard yelling “It’s a good day to die.”
In a recording of a 911 call, he can be heard saying, “You tell those pigs to get the f–k away from my house or I will start killing people.”

Video from the standoff [HERE]

Read more via [HERE]. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

After Long Standoff, Coral Springs Police Arrested Laborer Who Held Woman Hostage for Five Hours

Zettel pinned the woman down on a bed with his body for about 40 minutes, police said. When he let her use the bathroom, he threw her to the ground. Their fight continued in the kitchen where he grabbed a hammer and told her: “I’m a serial killer…I’m gonna kill you.” Zettel then grabbed her neck and tried to choke her.

...Zettel refused to come out, police said. Police surrounded the house and eventually came in to find Zettel hiding in an SUV in the garage. It took a police dog to get him out of the SUV.

Read more via [HERE].