Keeping security professionals healthy and doing their best work should be a priority for the national security community. Yet when it comes to mental health, many security professionals are afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs or the respect of their colleagues.
The stories we tell matter, which is why I'm on a mission to share as many stories as possible through expert interviews and my own experiences from the security field.
So, let's talk:
Mental health | Psychological resilience | Communications
I'm a communications strategist, video producer, and writer in the U.S. defense sector. I've written articles on a range of security and mental health topics and conducted interviews with military leadership, law enforcement, CIA officers, psychologists, filmmakers, and more. I have a master’s degree in security intelligence and a passion for unearthing unique human-interest stories in the security field.
About My Memoir
The Israeli security community set the bar pretty high when it came to gaining membership, and I wanted in.
(IN)SECURITY is my memoir about my experience as an American woman struggling with mental illness while trying to get into Israeli intelligence.
I recently completed this memoir and am open to literary representation. I look forward to sharing this memoir with you when it hits publication!
Special thanks to actress and film producer Katie C'etta from the Artistic Fuel Foundation for interviewing me on the organization's podcast about my perspectives as a writer in the security community and to Women in Film & Video (WIFV) for featuring the episode in their News & Notes segment.
Michael Whidden of American Tributaries and I discussed Judaic-Christian values in the American political system, the impact of war, and the importance of community for individual growth. (Spoiler alert: We also talked about a few scenes from my upcoming memoir, including the tragic, the comedic, and the lessons learned.)
First responder & mental health advocate MaKenzie Tiegs invited me to her platform Raw Thoughts to talk about the early signs of mental illness, stigma in the security field, and the unexpected social impacts.
I'm a regular contributor to The Times of Israel's international outlet. Check out my articles.
Annual Hero's Journey Mental Health Symposium on Capitol Hill
The annual symposium is hosted by The John P. Mayhugh Foundation as part of a national effort to holistically address mental health issues through diverse leadership initiatives. Held in Washington, D.C., the symposium brings together members of Congress, military leadership, psychologists, academics, and journalists to discuss strategies and solutions for better mental health outcomes in the security community.
Photo Credit: Bobby Ross
Screening of PTSD911 with Filmmaker Conrad Weaver in Pentagon City, Washington, D.C.
Our first responders are suffering from post-traumatic stress in record numbers. Many remain silent for fear of losing their jobs if they ask for help. This is an unfair and unsustainable situation for our security community. Learn more about how filmmaker Conrad Weaver is working hard to publicize the stories behind the scenes in his latest documentary.