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.
Germs. They are everywhere.
A healthy human body is designed to fight off germs when it encounters them. If you could see inside your body, you’d witness a battle raging everyday, as your immune system seeks to protect you from the harm these invisible little critters seek to inflict.
So why not help your body by giving it a few less battles to fight?
One of the easiest ways to keep those pesky germs at bay is actually as simple as soap and water: it’s hand washing. But it’s not just necessary after using the restroom, for germs lurk on common household items you might not even think of:
Cell Phones and Tablets: According to a 2013 British study, researchers analyzed 30 tablets and phones and compared them to a toilet seat. The tablets had up to 600 units of staphylococcus ( a big word for bacteria that causes severe stomach sickness) the phones resulted in up to 140 units, but the toilet? Less than 20 units.
Carpet: The average human sheds approximately 1.5 million dead skin cells every hour. (That fact alone sounds like the making of a horror movie, doesn’t it?) Bacteria thrives on dead skin cells. Those cells find their way to the carpet, where they mingle with things like pet dander, pollen, and tiny food particles. Approximately 200,000 bacteria live in each sq. inch of your toilet which is almost 700 times more than a toilet seat.
Keyboard: After swabbing only 33 keyboards in a London office, researchers found that that a computer laptop carries up to 5 times the germs of a toilet seat.
Purses and Backbacks: A purse or backpack is…wait for it…three times dirtier than a toilet seat. With regular use, a handbag is up to 10 times dirtier, especially the handles.
Oh and, you guessed it, wash your hands often.
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