Wayne County Sheriff Connection

News & Updates from The Wayne County Sheriffs Office
Summer 2022 Edition

Message From Sheriff Washington

Thank you for being a valuable member of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and of Wayne County. We’ve faced some daunting challenges over the last few years with Covid, building a new jail and hiring new staff. For many of us, we’ve lost close family members and friends to the pandemic. Now, with high gas and grocery prices, the chaos caused by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, world conflicts, and a heated political campaign season, things may seem even more discouraging than ever for us and our families.

I understand the pressure you may be feeling can seem overwhelming at times. I feel that, too. But as a man of faith, I remain optimistic that “this too shall pass,” and we will get through this difficult time. I often say we are stronger together because I believe this to be true. Together, we rise. Together, we overcome.

Remember, you are never alone. Not in Wayne County. I encourage you to lean on one another for strength. Reach out to close family and friends and check on them, help where you can and allow them to help you when you need it. Talk to people in your faith community. Take time for yourself to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy life. We work to service the state’s largest, most populous, and most diverse county, but we can’t do it without you. Make sure to take care of yourself, so you can take care of others.

Life can get rough and there’s nothing wrong with getting professional help when you need it. Wayne County has professional services available for anyone to use. Please contact your Human Resources Department for more information.

Thank you all for your service.

Raphael “Ray” Washington
Wayne County Sheriff

Mission Statement

The responsibility of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is to maintain the highest standard of integrity and professional excellence and to protect the lives and property of Wayne County citizens while objectively enforcing local and state laws.  It is our duty to serve our community and provide a secure, safe, and humane environment for inmates remanded to our jails.  It is our mission to provide our staff and the public fair and equal treatment and protection, and to strengthen the public’s trust through continued transparency and accountability.

SPRING GALLERY

LATEST NEWS

PROMOTIONS

Joseph Archer -Maintenance Manger
Brian Rinehart -Police Captain
Jonathan Turner -Dept Exec 7

RETIREMENTS FOR APRIL

Daniel Killingback -Corporal
Austin David -Corporal
Kedrick Green -Corporal

RETIREMENTS FOR MAY

Frank Wood -Corporal
Marzette Hill -Corporal
Stephanie Lewis -Corporal

RETIREMENTS FOR JUNE

Charles Lennox -Maintenance Manager
Eric Peoples -Corporal
Gregory Eiden -Police Lt.
Samuel Jones -Police Officer
Willis Lewis -Corporal

RETIREMENTS FOR JULY

Evelia Sauceda -Department Manger 3
Linda Jones -Corporal
Sandra Gilson -Clerk
Terrill Hall -Corporal

NEW HIRE POLICE OFFICERS

Mohammad Aljlaihaw
Demark Bellman
Tyisha Brown
Randall Craig
Najib Farah
Juanita Ford
Cole Glaspie
Ryan Higgins
Angel Martinez
Lucretia Parker
Kalandous Primer
Joyce Tatum
Sebtein Aljlaihawi
Hussien Al-Mahmod
Jessica Brooks
La’Sacia Gore
Eric Jensen
Kenneth Rambin
Tammy Smith-Rogers
Rasha Thomas
Rebeka Walker
Anthony Walton
Ali Bazzi

NEW EMPLOYEES

Christine Brawner -Recruiter
Sheila Campbell -Project Consultant
Brenda Snow -Clerical Specialist
Davion Williams -Project Consultant
India Perry -Project Consultant
Kevin Gardner -Project Consultant

SUMMER EVENTS

WE ARE LOOKING FOR EXPUNGEMENT FAIR ATTORNEY VOLUNTEERS

We are looking for volunteer attorneys and law students who are willing to provide legal support for the upcoming Expungement Fair. Volunteers can choose to provide remote legal support by reviewing ICHAT record checks and determining eligibility of participants prior to the fair, or they can provide legal support at the fair. No prior experience with the expungement law is required. Volunteer attorneys/law students will receive training materials prior to the fair, and on the day of the fair to assist with screening individuals for eligibility under the law.

Click here to volunteer: Wayne County Expungement Fair Volunteer Attorney form (google.com)

If anyone with the WCSO or County wants to volunteer with the expungement fair they can email info@sheriffconnect.com.

WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF'S RECRUITMENT OFFICE

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is Hiring

There is no higher calling than to work as a professional deputy with the mission of protecting the lives and property of everyday citizens. It takes a special individual to accept the challenge and responsibility of working as a sheriff’s deputy.

Visit Our recruitment Page for More Information

THE NEW WAYNE COUNTY JAIL DASHBOARD

WAYNE COUNTY JAIL DASHBOARD

The Jail Dashboard is an interactive tool that provides information from the Wayne County Jail’s management system. It is updated every day and provides summary information about the current inmate population including the demographic makeup of current jail inmates, the types of supervised facilities, how long inmates have stayed, their types of Bookings and Arrest Types, Housing availability, and counts of inmates released from County supervision. Wayne County Sheriff’s Office receives a lot of questions about the jail population. This tool was created in an effort to be transparent with the public about the characteristics of our supervised population and to answer some of the common questions we receive about our inmates.

The Wayne County Jail Dashboard is powered by generous grant support from the Hudson-Webber Foundation and the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network.

OFF DUTY AND IN THE COMMUNITY

Capt. Reid Chakrabarty - Internal Affairs

Interview with Erika Erickson

Meet Reid Chakrabarty

How did you get into this profession?

At the age of 17, Capt. Reid Chakrabarty enlisted in the US Navy in 1991 and served until 1995. He grew up in Canton and wasn’t into school as a teen: “That’s why I went into the Navy,” he said. “I credit the Navy for really turning me around. I got to see what real life is and what consequences are.” Upon his discharge, he held a few different jobs, but decided to take a position with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in 1998 (he started as a floor security officer at Jail Division II). “I have always had a strong calling to serve,” said Capt. Chakrabarty. While working at the WCSO, he received his Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy and his Graduate Degree in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis from Michigan State University and graduated MSU Staff and Command.

What is a typical day like for you?

“I am very lucky in my position; my days are usually not typical,” Capt. Chakrabarty said. “I can have a day where I am just reviewing reports and performing administrative duties, or I can have a day filled with crime scene processing, interviewing, and searching for evidence.” Capt. Chakrabarty works very closely with our federal, state, and local partners (FBI, Michigan State Police, Detroit Police, and many other local agencies) and enjoys a great relationship with them. “We all work together to serve the community more effectively.” He added that it takes a special personality to be able to do the work of an Internal Affairs Captain: “We’re only the bad guy to the bad guys, so the good guys have nothing to fear from this office.”

What are some of your hobbies?

“I like to hunt and fish. I actually own a bait and tackle shop down in Trenton,” said Capt. Chakrabarty. “Trenton Lighthouse. My father opened it in 1987 and then when he passed in 2019, we promised him that we’d keep it going.” Capt. Chakrabarty also says he simply “loves hanging out by water.” Capt. Chakrabarty is also a charter boat captain, and before a military injury, he said he loved biking and running.

What was your family like growing up?

Capt. Chakrabarty said he likes to think of himself as the “good mistake.” He has an older brother, Chris (they’re 10 years apart). Capt. Chakrabarty’s father was a Canton firefighter. “He was the one of the original seven that started the canton fire department.”

Do you have any kids? Pets?

Capt. Chakrabarty said he has always had a dog since he was little. “Currently I have three.” Erika: “And Kids?” “We like pets. They listen better!” With a laugh, Capt. Chakrabarty said he has a son, 22-year-old son, Scottlar, and a 21-year-old son, Hunter. Capt. Chakrabarty has also been married for 28 years. “Kim was 18, maybe just turned 19… We met when I was in the service in California, and we got married in Vegas.

Who has been a role model in your life? Why?

“Personally, I would say my grandparents had a great deal of influence on my life and decision to serve,” said Capt. Chakrabarty. His paternal grandfather immigrated from India in 1920 at just 18 years old and told Capt. Chakrabarty the story of why he came to America: “Although he was a Brahmin (the highest of the caste system), he left his wealth and position to come to America because he despised what the British did to his country and we (the USA) had already kicked them out,” said Capt. Chakrabarty. “[My grandfather] would often emphasize that there is a peaceful solution to every situation, and this has helped me throughout my life and career.” Capt. Chakrabarty said his maternal grandmother immigrated from Poland in 1924 at the age of 12 and taught him how grateful we must be to live in the United States: “No matter how bad you think it is, it could be much worse,” Capt. Chakrabarty said. “She had tremendous pride in her new country and would say she was 120% American, standing every time the National Anthem would play, regardless of where she was. Having these influences from extremely different regions and cultures has equipped me to see the world in a unique and humble light.”

What advice would you give to new recruits?

“I always tell the new recruits that this profession is not for everyone and that although it may sound cliché, law enforcement is the most honorable career in the world,” Capt. Chakrabarty said. “You need to understand that you are held to a higher standard than the general public and must act accordingly. In life, you should treat all people with equality. In law enforcement, this is a concept that must never be lost or set aside. There is a common phrase passed around: ‘treat the janitor the same as the president.’ I encourage everyone to do their best to practice this, especially in dealing with the people we serve. Honesty and integrity are key to surviving a career in law enforcement. I am known to tell the classes I’ve taught, both at Jailers Training and Michigan State University, that we can always deal with the truth, but once you have told a lie, you have given away your integrity. TELL THE TRUTH!”

Do you have any funny nicknames?

“My street name here is Jedi, and I got that from Cpl. Riad Ahmad — he would say, ‘you’re learning young Jedi, you’re learning,’ and it just stuck… and that was the name I carried through Narcotics and SRT.”

What are three things on your bucket list right now?

“I’d like to make it to retirement,” said Capt. Chakrabarty. “And when I do, I want to be able to be in a position physically and mentally to travel with my wife – to actually enjoy retirement.” Capt. Chakrabarty said he would simply love to be able to have more time to enjoy the things he loves to do, like hunting and fishing, with “continued good health.”

What was your first job?

Rusty Nail Lounge (in Canton) at 13 years old. “My first day there – I broke a glass in ice.”

Are you messy or organized?

Capt. Chakrabarty says it depends: “If it’s the investigations here at the office… very meticulous, very organized,” he said. “If it’s dealing with the house, it can be cluttered. I don’t like it, but my wife, Kim — she’s very disorganized, so I’ve learned after these 30 years to kind of accept that.”

What food do you wish had zero calories?

“I like Thai food. On fire – always on fire.”

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?

“That society can turn on a dime,” said Capt. Chakrabarty. “My mother-in-law, she’d always say, ‘that’s where they’re at, and that’s OK.’ That would just mean that that person is going to do what that person is going to do, and just let him do it. You’re still going to do what you’re going to do — the right way… this is what you can control.”

What is your favorite music group?

Rush. Capt. Chakrabarty was involved with a cover band “Argosy” in high school: he ran the lights. “I’m not very musical,” he added, with a chuckle.

Capt. Chakrabarty is most passionate about being the Commanding Officer in Charge of the Honor Guard Team. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Honor Guard’s essential purpose is to provide honors and stand watch over law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. “In doing so, we strive to ensure the family of the fallen are provided with all the support needed as they navigate through the mourning process and adjust to their new way of life,” said Capt. Chakrabarty. The members of the team are all voluntary and dedicate countless hours of their own time and money in preparing for and participating in many of the events. Click here to see what our Honor Guard does: https://www.facebook.com/events/1036663566978290?ref=newsfeed

Lt. Ciaria Holt – Electronic Monitoring Unit

Interview with Erika Erickson

Meet Lt. Ciaria Holt

How did you get into this profession?

“I’d just transferred from Clark Atlanta University to finish my master’s at the University of Detroit Mercy,” said Lt. Holt. “I was fortunate enough to become a homeowner and I needed a job to sustain. I have a cousin who works here, and she told me I should apply. This was not a part of my long-term plans, but life can be funny like that. What was supposed to be a temporary job, ironically became my career.”

What is a typical day like for you?

Lt. Holt has been a part of the Tether Unit since 2008. She said a typical day involves “scheduling, sending, and receiving lots of emails, reconciling invoices, approving report packets, answering questions, decision-making, and ‘filling in the gaps.’” Lt. Holt said the WCSO currently manages about 1,500 people. Courts have been utilizing tether a lot more than before to slow the spread of Covid-19. “We make sure they comply with the orders from the court and attend any outpatient treatment necessary,” Lt. Holt said. “We conduct house stops and business stops, we make arrests and go to court when necessary. We also monitor software, write reports, book people in and do releases. I don’t think everyone realizes the entirety of what the Tether Unit does. I like to say we’re like Jail Division IV, because every function that a jail does — we do that in the Tether Unit (outside of housing individuals).”

What was your childhood like?

Lt. Holt grew up in Detroit and graduated from Cass Tech High School. “Education was always big in our house,” she said. “I’ve always seen my mom and my stepfather as hard-workers and providers.” She has two sisters from her mother’s side (she is the oldest of those), and she is the youngest of father’s kids (she has two older brothers as well). Lt. Holt said she grew up doing a lot of volunteer work. She did plays, graffiti removal, She then thought she wanted to run a non-profit to help counsel people with mental health eventually. “I have the most amazing friends. It’s a true blessing for me. I grew up with my cousins and we were so close so it’s been a huge group of us all the time.”

Who has been a role model in your life? Why?

“The most obvious and true answer would be my mother: Gwendolyn Holt-Rosbury. She’s one of the most selfless, helpful, strong-willed, and loving people I know,” said Lt. Holt. However, Lt. Holt also says she’s inspired by various individuals; those she personally knows, and those whose work and accomplishments she admires. “There are several women here at the WCSO who come to mind, having paved the

way up the chain of command-to me, that’s awesome. I always want to be the very best version of myself, and that involves learning, obedience, growing, and accepting change. I am a huge fan of anyone who moves with humility, grace, integrity, and love…. some character traits just look and feel good regardless to who’s exemplifying them.”

What’s been the most rewarding part of your career?

“Relationships,” Lt. Holt said. “Even when I’ve had other opportunities to venture out, I stayed because my major in school was psychology. I love to talk and I love to read. When we would do case management, it wasn’t just like we were trying to assist them with trying to find jobs, we would talk to parents, grandparents — we were immersed in people’s lives.” Lt. Holt said as their Tether Officer, folks relied on them a lot. Obviously with Covid things have changed, but she described it as “community policing on a different level.” She said they felt like someone cared. “I’ve seen all kinds of people come through the doors of tether: business professionals, business owners, people with substance abuse issues, young people just out of high school, so we had the opportunity to guide people in the right direction. Rehabilitation does work if it’s done properly, and not everyone gets that opportunity.”

What are some of your hobbies?

“I love to travel. I love to see new places and be immersed in different cultures – hear new languages and see the way people dress. I’m not big on tasting new food, but it’s interesting to see some of the things people eat.” Lt. Holt said she loves to act, loves to laugh, and loves music: “If you give me some music and a beach, I don’t need anything else! You don’t have to feed me or anything!” Lt. Holt also said she loves to write. “Not just poetry, but short stories.” Lt. Holt said they’re about her life, experiences and relationships. “I also pray all the time and write letters to God a lot. It gives me a gauge so I can kind of look back every now and again… like, I remember I prayed about this and here’s the manifestation.”

What are three things on your bucket list right now?

Lt. Holt said she wants to continue to travel, she wants to treat her mother to something “amazing,” and even though she said she is getting older, she hasn’t decided if she is going to have kids or not. “I love my career, I love my freedom,” she said. “Some days, I come home from traveling and the house is clean and it’s quiet, I don’t have to cook… ha! But I haven’t completely made up my mind.”

Are you messy or organized?

“I prefer things to be in order. Clutter to me equates to… chatty people,” Lt. Holt said with a laugh. “You know what I mean?”

What is an embarrassing moment you’ve had at work?

While working the Absconder Unit, Lt. Holt (around 24 years old at the time) and her team spotted an individual they were looking for running in Detroit. They were chasing a man who was cutting through neighborhoods and they all had to jump fences. “We ended up catching him and took him downtown to Jail Division I, and I stayed in the car while the guys booked him in,” she said. “Well after, we went to McDonald’s. We went back to the same area because it was a hotspot that summer. Well, I was standing in line… and a guy tapped me on the shoulder and was like, ‘uh, Officer, excuse me…’ My pants were ripped from the ankle to the mid-thigh!” Lt. Holt said she doesn’t know how she didn’t notice… or any of her partners! “It was a mess! I was completely exposed!”

What food do you wish had zero calories?

“Pasta. With a good sauce!”

Staying up late or waking up early?

“Ha! Waking up early. Listen, my body – we like naps. I’m thankful… I don’t ever have a problem sleeping. And if I’m tired or I’m ready to lay down, I could be listening to a song or texting and I will not get the response. I will be out.”

Tell me something that would surprise me about you.

“I don’t watch tv, I watch movies,” said Lt. Holt. “I don’t like the anticipation of waiting on what’s next. Tell me the story and be done. Give me all the information now! Lt. Holt said she also does not have any social media accounts. “I did a 30-day trial of Facebook back in 2017, but nothing outside of that.” Oh, and Lt. Holt said she doesn’t like “smells.” While shrugging her shoulders, she simply said, “that’s a long story.” Perhaps we will need to ask sometime!

What are three words that best describe you?

“Faith, adventurous… and integrity, because that’s something I try to have every day, in every situation.”

What’s been one of your most challenging moments at the WCSO?

“When I got promoted to Sergeant, I was sent to Jail Division I at the very last minute,” Lt. Holt said. “I had never worked at Jail Division I… And I hated it. It was different, it was new, it was unexpected. I didn’t know any of the sergeants, I didn’t know anybody over there. For a while, I didn’t even go to lunch. I wouldn’t go to lunch because I was scared I if I left, I wasn’t going to come back!” Although she laughed saying this, Lt. Holt recalled the moment this all shifted: “One day I got home and I was tired — it was a mental fatigue. I tried to do a self-evaluation. I asked myself, ‘have you even tried to like it?’ I made up my mind that I was going to try. So, I started doing my rounds and started talking to the Officers. Long story short, it was relationships that made me not only be good at my job but enjoy going to work!” Lt. Holt said looking back, she learned some of the most valuable life lessons working at Jail Division I and still has relationships with Officers she worked with over there to this day. “It literally was just a change of the mindset that made the difference.”

How do you stay so positive?

“There’s so many places you can find something negative,” said Lt. Holt. “I don’t want to be another thing that makes a person worry or makes a person anxious. You can find negativity almost anywhere… and you never know what a person is going through.” Lt. Holt said she teaches mental health crisis intervention to law enforcement, so she always tries to remind herself to “stay mindful.” She said: “A smile is free. Music is free… and it will put me in an amazing mood. There are so many small things we can do to … combat negativity.”

What advice would you give to new recruits?

“Perception and perspective matters,” she said. “Surround yourself with positive people and make sure you have a strong foundation; both will help in creating the workday that you want to have. Cliché or not: Be the change that you want to see; something ‘good’ can be found in each day if we just pay attention. Lastly,” said Lt. Holt, “live within your means, invest wisely, stay healthy, and be sure to have a promising work-life balance.”

Dr. Regina Banks-Hall – Director of Grants

Interview with Erika Erickson

Meet Dr. Regina Banks-Hall

What is a typical day like for you?

“My job is to really make sure that we are actively soliciting grants that can be used to help the Sheriff’s Office’s core functions, but also — working with communities who receive funding through the Department of Justice,” Dr. Banks-Hall said. “We’re considered the liaison for them. My job as the Grants Director is to really administer and oversee the award, make sure you’re in compliance and you’re receiving everything that you need. Part of it, too, is the argument — why you want to give the money.” Erika: “Do you like arguing?” Dr. Banks-Hall: “Yes! I’m very good at it! I am not afraid — I will walk right into the tornado!”

How did you get into this profession?

Dr. Banks-Hall began working in this position in January of 2022. Before joining the WCSO, she was working as a Dean at Cleary University. Dr. Banks-Hall got her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and her MBA with a concentration in Human Relations from Baker College. She received her doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Walden University. Dr. Banks-Hall is married to Dolphus Hall, Jr. and grew up in Detroit. She went to Cass Tech High School and said it helped her appreciate being around all types of people.

What do you like most about your position?

Dr. Banks-Hall said she loves dealing with people: “I stay in constant contact with the Department of Justice and then also the communities that I’m actually serving. One of the things that I’m looking forward to is really digging in deeper and creating relationships with other organizations that can assist us with funding.”

What kind of jobs have you had?

“I’ve tried different opportunities,” said Dr. Banks-Hall. “I sold Mary Kay cosmetics. I did taxes… I made soap. And then, finally, I really realized [what I wanted to do] when my father-in-law was ill in 2009… and I was laid off from the automotive industry. I was working on my master’s degree and sitting in his room every day at a nursing home.” Dr. Banks-Hall said she chatted with his nursing home care workers and noticed they were complaining about their jobs, “and I found myself motivating these people to not take it any longer.” Dr. Banks-Hall said she motivated and encouraged them so much, they began to listen: “I realized that I had a great connection with really motivating people, so I started a company where I could sit down and help people with personal development… and that led me to really want my doctorate degree in leadership.”

What are three words that best describe you?

“Bubbly. No-nonsense… And I’m just not for the drama! Give it to me straight! I think I just love life and just enjoy being free to be myself. I’m not in competition with anybody. I just do what Regina Banks-Hall wants to do.”

Tell me something that would surprise me about you.

“I’m a distinguished clown. I’m a distinguished toastmaster. I’m learning to play the piano and learning Spanish!” (We decided Dr. Bubbles may be a fun clown name because she doesn’t have one. What do you think?)

What are some of your other hobbies?

Dr. Banks-Hall writes – A LOT! She has written 8 books and she is working on her next one right now.

What are three things on your bucket list right now?

Dr. Banks-Hall said she has two fears: she doesn’t like big dogs (after a bad experience) and has a fear of heights. She would like to get over those fears, will continue to write and would love to travel more. “I love to play golf, so I want to go to Scotland and play on one of those really beautiful golf courses,” she said. “I just want to make sure that before I leave this Earth…. That I really just see the world.” Dr. Banks-Hall said she also hopes to “learn the piano so well that I can give a concert and invite everybody to an evening with Dr. Banks-Hall.”

What is your favorite travel spot?

“I love South Beach. I love Manhattan. I’m a theatre person, so if I’m going to go to New York, I want to see a play.” Dr. Banks-Hall said she also loves going up north to Boyne, Michigan.

Are you messy or organized?

“Organized,” said Dr. Banks-Hall. While motioning to the stacks of papers on her desk, she added, “now, I might have a couple of piles here, but I understand what’s in each pile.”

What food do you wish had zero calories?

“Baked potato. I LOVE baked potatoes.”

Staying up late or waking up early?

“Staying up late. Definitely,” said Dr. Banks-Hall. “I had a job at Chrysler… and the gentleman wanted me to start at 7 am o’clock. The first day, I made it, and I was like, ‘listen, I really appreciate this opportunity, but we’re going to have to talk about what time I’m going to get here.’

Do you have any funny nicknames?

Despite the above story, Dr. Banks-Hall said her nickname at Chrysler (while she was the Operations Coordinator) was “The Warden,” because she was such a stickler for organization. “I was really a stickler on how you treated corporate assets. We had a lot of expensive things. One day, I was walking through the department and I heard somebody say, “shh The Warden’s coming.” So, I turn around because I’m looking around like, ‘I wonder who you’re talking about,’ and the guy said, ‘we’re talking about you!’ I said, ‘I’m The Warden?’ He said, ‘you’re the one with all the rules!’” Dr. Banks-Hall said she took it as a compliment: “I said — could I get a shirt made with that on there?”

What advice would you give new recruits?

“I’m a very strong believer in lifelong learning,” said Dr. Banks-Hall. “I would tell any new person coming to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office to come in with an open mind and have flexibility. Learn everything about their position and then, think about where they would want to be. I believe that you shouldn’t be afraid of a promotion. If you have gifts and talents, you should go for it. Don’t sell yourself short! Sometimes we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zones, so that we can actually grow, and we’ll discover a lot more about ourselves.”

EXTRAS

FUN POLL: Summer 2022 Edition

Results From Last Months Poll

If you could have one of these superpowers, which one would you choose?

  • Be invisible whenever you want 24%
  • Superhuman Strength 19%
  • Talk to animals 5%
  • Read minds 29%
  • Be able to fly 24%

Source: https://discoverymood.com/
The warmth, relaxation and flexibility that the summer months bring can be exciting for vacations and sunshine, but for some, summer months can have the potential to trigger feelings of being overwhelmed and losing control. Expectations of being carefree can put a lot of pressure on those who are struggling with depression or anxiety. Below are self-care tips and tricks that can be used to maintain your mental health during the summer months.

  1. Take care of your mental health this summer by getting outside.
    Exposure to natural sunlight increases levels of vitamin D and serotonin, which are known to boost your mood. Taking a moment to step outdoors, smell the roses, feel the sand under your toes or watch a sunset can provide a sense of calming and well being. Pick up a new outdoor hobby where you can spend 30 minutes in the sunshine. Whether it is gardening, hiking or paddle boarding, spending time outdoors is an essential element of self-care.
  2. Take time to unwind by using your vacation time.
    Many of us use paid vacation time to accomplish tasks around the house that we neglect during our busy workweeks. Instead of cleaning out the closet, organizing the garage and attending long-overdue appointments, use your vacation to enjoy yourself. Such activities can include reading a book at home or traveling to a new place for the day. Your vacation time should be spent unwinding and enjoying time away from your to-do lists.
  3. Re-focus your energy by planning a getaway.
    Getting out of town and experiencing a change in scenery is a great way to unwind and re-focus your energy on the present. Whether it is an overnight getaway or a multi-week international trip, escaping the business from the daily grind can help clear your mind and boost your mood. This can help you immensely on your return home back to your everyday routine.
  4. Maintain a healthy sleep schedule for mental health.
    Just because school is out for summer and your kids can stay up late and sleep in does not mean they should. If you are a parent, try to maintain a healthy and steady sleep schedule for yourself and your kids, regardless of work and school schedules. It is recommended that we obtain 8-10 uninterrupted hours of sleep, as sleep hygiene is an essential component of our mental health.
  5. Stay physically active.
    Whether it is going to the gym, signing up for a yoga class or taking a walk outside, physical activity is known to boost your mood. During the summer months, it is easy to stay on the couch and binge-watch the latest television series, but an idle activity can promote negative consequences on our physical and mental health. Try to maintain 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each day. You may be surprised how good you feel.

Source: https://parade.com/

1. Did you know “Q” is the only letter that doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name?
Go through the list of the fifty nifty states and we can guarantee you won’t find any state that has the letter Q in its name!

2. Did you know there is a museum dedicated to failure?
Boasting around 159 failed products and innovations, the touring Museum of Failure features displays on such bad ideas as Harley-Davidson perfume, Colgate frozen entrees, and Microsoft Zune.

3. Did you know 3 US Presidents have won Grammys?
Former President Jimmy Carter has won three Grammy Awards in the Best Spoken Word Album category. The first one was for Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis in 2007. Next came, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety in 2016. Finally Faith: A Journey For All in 2019.
In 2004, Bill Clinton won Best Spoken Word Album for My Life. Just a year prior in 2003, he won the Best Spoken Word Album for Children with Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf/Beintus: Wolf Tracks.

Finally, Barack Obama has won a couple of golden megaphones of his own. He won Best Spoken Word Album in 2006 for the narration of his book, Dreams from My Father audiobook. In 2008, he took home another one when he took home the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the audiobook version of The Audacity of Hope.

4. Did you know the Twitter bird has a name?
It’s Larry! The infamous bluebird of social media was named after former NBA player Larry Bird, who used to play for Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s home-state team, the Boston Celtics.

5. Did you know there’s a Starbucks cup in every shot in Fight Club?
The urban legend may be false that there’s a Starbucks on every corner in every city but that’s not the case in the 1999 film, Fight Club. Starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter, the infamous white coffee cup made it to every scene in the movie. Rumor has it this stunt was inspired by a line in the film, when Norton’s character explains, “When deep space exploration ramps up, it’ll be the corporations that name everything, the IBM Stellar Sphere, the Microsoft Galaxy, Planet Starbucks.”

6. Did you know extreme ironing is an actual sport?
If you long to combine your love of cleaning with something more extreme—the world of extreme ironing might be the sport for you! Founded in 1997, this challenge proves that it’s not for the faint of heart! Competitors have to press shirts in unexpected locations like high up in trees, hanging over cliffs, or paddling white-water rapids.

7. Did you know Shakespeare invented more than 1,700 words?
William Shakespeare is known amongst centuries as being one of the greatest playwrights of all time, producing masterful pieces like Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. However, in order to create his infamous plays and poems, he sometimes resorted to making up his own words– some of which we use today! You can thank The Bard for words like a moonbeam, laughable, eyeball, bump, puking, champion, bedroom, excitement, and zany.

8. Did you know Elvis was originally blonde?
For most fans of the King of Rock and Roll, his perfectly coiffed pompadour is one of the most iconic features of his dreamy look. While the hairstyle evolved through the years, from the 50s quaff to the seventies style with sideburns, it was always huge and dark. He started dying his hair black for an edgier look. Sometimes, he would touch it up himself using shoe polish.

9. Did you know there’s a peak cuteness for puppies?
In 2018, a study was conducted by Arizona State University comparing how people viewed the “cuteness” of dogs. They found that puppies actually hit their ultimate cuteness around 6-8 weeks old!

10. Did you know the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth has a name?
Sure, it’s a common fear to be afraid of snakes or spiders but if you have arachibutyrophobia, you’re among a small percentage of people that have a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of their mouths. This phobia also goes along with a fear of choking or a fear of sticky textures.

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