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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.

Spectrum Healthcare…the Safest Place in Town

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Every year, the Cottonwood Fire Department presents an award to the Cottonwood business that provides the safest environment for its staff and customers. The smiling face receiving the award this year is none other than our own Laura Robinson, the director of Quality Management for Spectrum Healthcare. It was presented to Spectrum at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce January meeting and we couldn’t be prouder.
Thank you to the dedicated men and women of the Cottonwood Fire Department, and thank you to Laura and to every one of our Spectrum Team for making Spectrum not only a great place to work, but a safe place. 
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Every Patient Matters

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A little 4 year old girl sat in Spectrum’s lobby waiting for her older sister.
 
She stopped a woman walking by to ask the woman if she knew when her sister would be finished with her appointment. The woman, who was clearly on her way somewhere, stopped immediately. She smiled back at the little girl, and told her she would check on the time, which she did, and quickly returned to the little girl to reassure her that it would be soon. The little girl shared with the woman that she missed her sister when she was gone.
 
The woman had a great number of things to do, but at that moment, nothing was more important than the little face in front of her. To the great delight of the little girl, the woman sat in the lobby with her. The two talked and giggled and played with the little girl’s doll until the little girl’s sister returned to the lobby from her appointment. The little girl said goodbye and each went on their way.
 
Those watching this scene could not help but remark how adorable those two were, sitting together like old friends, playing with a doll.
 
The little girl, no doubt, went back to her home and the woman, went back to her office to continue working, for she had much work to do.
 
And on the door of the woman’s office office read a nameplate: April Razo, Spectrum Healthcare CEO.
 
At Spectrum Healthcare, every patient matters to every one of us.
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