Behavioral Health

Crisis Intervention Training

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Thrilled to have hosted another Crisis Intervention Training on site at Spectrum this week, supporting and training local law enforcement in crisis intervention. CIT programs enhance communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that officers get the training and support they need.

Thank you to all who attended and all who presented. So proud of the amazing men and women who make a difference in our community!

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Helping Patients Get What They Want

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Life moves fast, and the older we get, the faster it seems to move. Time spent with work, family, children and the day-to-day responsibilities involved with simply living on this planet means that most of us look at the clock at some point during the day and say in disbelief, “Is it that time ALREADY?” In fact, American moms report having just 36 minutes of free time per day.

So when it comes to making choices in healthcare, it’s no wonder patients opt for convenience. Finding healthcare that fits with busy schedules, yet affords patients the same conveniences they find in other areas of their life, has never been more important. In fact, in a recent 2016 study, researchers, responding to the ever-changing healthcare climate, set out to discover what is most important to consumers when it comes to their healthcare needs. The study focused on people from all walks of life: varied age groups, income and education levels, and ethnicities. In the list of the top three items most important to consumers was, you guessed it, convenience.

In response to a world that moves fast, healthcare organizations are finding new and better ways to meet their patients’ needs, offer convenience, but still deliver value.

At Spectrum Healthcare, we understand this completely.

“Patients, now more than ever, are looking for healthcare solutions that work with their busy lifestyles,” says April Rhodes, Spectrum CEO. “They want speed, efficiency, convenience, ease, and, of course, value. But convenience isn’t all: they want to be listened to; they want to be understood, they want their needs met fully and completely, and they want it done in a timely manner so that they can get back to work, school and life. They don’t want to compromise on care; they just want efficient care.”

“The matter of convenience is important everywhere we go,” April continues, “but nowhere more important than healthcare. After all, being sick means you don’t feel well, and nobody wants to wait to feel better. Patients want what we all want: minimal wait times to be seen, shorter waiting room times and a good availability of appointments. It is essential that healthcare organizations not only listen, but respond to the needs of their community. This is why in 2017, we expanded ALL of our services to ALL of our locations: Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and Sedona. It means that no matter what Spectrum Healthcare location you visit, you will be able to access all of our services under one roof: Primary Care, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Counseling. No more driving around to get the help you need; it’s all in one place. We even took it a step further by offering same day appointments, walk-in hours,  and a brand new E-Visit option coming very soon, allowing busy patients to access a healthcare provider via a “virtual visit” from the comfort of their computer or mobile device if they can’t make it in.”

“All these things work together for the good of the patient. The easier it is for someone to access care, the more likely they will continue to seek out care and adhere to their healthcare plan. The fewer obstacles people have to navigate; the fewer hurdles patients have on their path to Good Health, the greater the odds they will stay on the path. And that’s our goal.”

No Letting Go: Sedona Film Festival

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From the Sedona Film Festival:

“The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the multiple award-winning film “No Letting Go” showing Thursday, May 5 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. (click HERE for ticket information)

The premiere is one of the kick-off events of Mental Health Month. 

“No Letting Go” will have a community conversation after both screenings with Rose Boerner, President of NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness, Sedona) and Lisa Moore, both with family members who have struggled with mental illness and who will share their personal stories about the challenges of a diagnosis and proper care for loved ones.

What would you do to save your child? Based on a true story and adapted from “Illness”, an award-winning short film, “No Letting Go” follows the journey of one family’s struggle to understand and cope with the erratic behavior and emotional instability of their son, Tim. The family’s world starts to unravel as they discover that their son’s increasing fragility is due to mental illness.

Tim’s painful, yet invisible, struggle to cope with everyday life takes its toll on his parents and the well-being of his brothers. Anger, resentment and conflict arise as Tim’s parents desperately search for answers. As his symptoms become more and more debilitating, his parents are faced with painfully difficult choices that will change their lives forever.

Tim’s family must play an integral role in finding the help he desperately needs, but will it be too late? Will love, strength and courage prevail to reveal the resiliency of the human spirit?

“No Letting Go” is a powerful film that gives a voice to millions of families who suffer alone and in silence. This poignant film honestly depicts the potentially devastating impacts of mental health disorders, which affect one in five children in the United States every year. The pervasive stigma surrounding mental illness prevents people from seeking the help they need. Sharing stories using the power of film is an important step towards opening and erasing stigma.

“This films shines the deserving, dramatic, breathtaking light on mental illness,” says actress and activist Kathy Najimy.

Janet Susin, president of the National Association of Mental Illness Queens/Nassau calls “No Letting Go” a “hopeful film that anyone can identify with who has had their life turned upside down by a personal tragedy and struggled to find answers.”

The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is participating in May’s National Mental Health Awareness Month with an extensive series of local programs to increase the awareness of and dialogue about mental illness. The theme for May is “Hope, Help and Healing”, a month of stories, opportunities, experiences, learning, performances and film. Each week during the month has a special focus including youth and families the first week, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma the second week, suicide and depression the third week and creativity and the healing process the last week. Each week during the month, on Thursday, a relevant film will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in partnership with the Sedona Film Festival.