Everything we do at Spectrum is to help our community feel better. We don’t do it for praise or acknowledgement, but to help our patients, clients, neighbors and friends get healthy and stay well. And although we don’t do it for recognition, it is so incredibly nice when our community recognizes our mission and joins with us.
We were thrilled and honored when our Mobile Crisis Team recently received this award from the Clarkdale and Jerome Police Departments. It reads:
“On February 1, 2017, Spectrum Behavior Health’s Mobile Crisis Response Team celebrated their one year anniversary for serving Easy Yavapai County. The team responds to scenes involving people in mental and emotional crisis. This flagship model program has been invaluable to their law enforcement partners, saving countless hours of field time for officers over the past year. Prior to the implementation of the mobile team, the only option police were afforded with mentally unstable citizens was to arrest and transport them to the service providers. Through the vision, prudence, resolve, and revelation, this team has greatly improved the quality of life in our area. By their exemplary service, unyielding commitment to excellence and humanitarian regard for their fellow man, Spectrum has reflected great credit upon their staff and their entire organization. It is with great gratitude that the Clarkdale and Jerome Police Departments recognize your selfless exemplary service and unyielding commitment to excellence.”
Thank you, again, to the Clarkdale and Jerome Police Departments, and to our Mobile Crisis Team for their unwavering dedication to our community.
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.
Today begins Mental Health Awareness Week, a week designed to bring awareness and education, and what better way to start the week then with the film, “Canvas,” sponsored by Spectrum Healthcare. It is presented as part of Sedona’s Film Festival line-up and will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theater today with 4pm and 7pm showtimes. The film tells the story of how mental illness affects an entire family and is filled humor, hope and incredible performances. Click HERE to read more information.
In addition to tonight’s film, please check the list of events occurring throughout the week; there is something for everyone and all events are FREE.
We hope you’ll join in the discussion. Remember, the best weapon against Stigma is Education.