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Mental Health and Its Impact On Families October 10, Kalamazoo, Michigan

This special event with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services focuses on the impact of mental health on families. The event features scenes from the forthcoming feature film Coming Up For Air. Speakers include Jeff Patton, Executive Director of Kalamazoo Community Mental and Substance Abuse Services, Producer Roger Rapoport, Actress Kate Thomsen and other mental health experts from the community.

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Mental Illness And Its Effects on Families Ludington September 19


A special free community event on mental health’s impact on families will feature preview scenes from Coming Up For Air, a feature film shot in Ludington and across West Michigan. The event features West Michigan Community Mental Health Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Williams, film producer Roger Rapoport, actors from the movie, and an introduction by [insert title] Dr. Bill Anderson.
Following screening of key scenes from the film, Williams and Rapoport will speak on the critical role played by caregivers, and the resources that are available to help families in need. The presentation will include questions and answers and group discussion. Increased awareness, dialogue, and connecting with those in need are the goals of this gathering.
The film, which was shot at the Ludington Police Department and City Hall, local homes, city parks, the Brite ’n Clean Laundromat, and includes a scene of the S.S Badger entering the Ludington port, was directed by Robert Cicchini. The script was written by Rapoport and Deborah Staples; the latter also stars in the film alongside co-star Chase Yi.
“The Ludington community is a key location in the film,” says Rapaport, who also produced Waterwalk and Pilot Error. “We are delighted to preview this up-to-the-minute look at why young people with no history of mental illness or violence can suddenly and unexpectedly become a threat to themselves and others.”
In the movie, Anna Russell (Staples) becomes worried by the behavior of her son Stan (Yi) who is further and further out of reach. Because he is of age, she has no access to information about him. Anna must try to decipher if he is having a rough time learning life lessons or if he is in real trouble. Like many parents, she struggles with wondering how worried she should be. Anna anguishes as Stan throws a diving meet, quits school, becomes homeless, and takes refuge in his blog postings.
The mission of both the event and the film is to inspire empathy for individuals with mental illness and their families, to explore the complexities of personal responsibility, to demonstrate how crisis intervention can prevent tragedy, and to foster community discussions of mental illness and its stigmas. “A key discussion point,” says Rapoport, “is how do you, as a parent or other caring individual, know when and how to act?”
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is located at 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington. For more information on this free event, please contact Roger Rapoport at rogerdrapoport@me.com or call (231) 720-0930.

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Mental Health Town Hall Grand Haven Michigan

Coming Up For Air: A Mental Health Town Hall


How can families help a son or daughter facing an unexpected mental health challenge? When do parents need to act to head off a potential crisis at home? What are the community resources readily available from local mental health professionals who can help protect you and your loved ones?

Join us on September 17, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Street, for a free Town Hall community discussion on the impact of mental illness on families and the esential role caregivers play every day. This special event, presented by Extended Grace with Ottawa County Mental Health and the Heartland Independent Film Forum, features an exclusive preview of the timely new movie “Coming Up For Air” set to open in theaters next year.

Speakers, including Lynn Doyle of Ottawa County Community Mental Health, Barbara Lee of Extended Grace , and Coming Up For Air producer Roger Rapoport, will offer a hopeful look at how family members can prepare for surprising challenges with mental health first aid and other readily available resources.

According to Community Mental Health professionals, clients in need of mental health services wait as long as ten years before asking for help. This event will help raise awareness to eradicate the stigma that can undercut timely care and treatment.

“My hope is that the stigma surrounding mental illness is eliminated,” says Rapoport, the film’s Muskegon producer.

“All of us need to talk about mental illness and benefit from the wisdom and experience of experts in our own community. Unfortunately there’s a fear of being mentally ill, a fear of the unknown journey ahead. This film honors the caregivers among us who step up to the plate to help those in need.”

Empowering scenes from “Coming Up For Air” shown at this event feature prominent West Michigan actors including Tom Harryman, Jacqui Bernhardt, Kim Harsch, Judy Johnson and Diane Van Wesep. The movie was shot across West Michigan, including many scenes filmed in Grand Haven, Muskegon, Grand Rapius, Ludington, Holland.

In this feature drama single mother Anna Russell struggles to find out if her son Stan is having a tough time learning life lessons in college or if he is in real trouble. (What parent hasn’t thought, how worried should I be?) How do you know when to step in and get help?

The film traces her desperate journey advocating for her son as he his impressive diving career and grades tumble. This family drama takes audiences on a relatable journey highlighting the importance of mental health care, sensible gun safety laws and the challenge of balancing high-stakes athletics with academic excellence.

Potential caregivers can breathe a little easier knowing that effective mental health resources and immediate help surround you in your community.

This event is generously sponsored by Orville Crain, Katherine Gietzen, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Bari Johnson Dorothy Johnson and the Heartland Independent Film Forum.

Cosponsors include the North Ottawa Community Health System, Grand Haven Area Public Schools, and Ottawa County,. Snacks will be provided by Wild Blue.

Prior to the screening free Suicide Preventntion Training (QPR) will be provided by TCM counseling from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. To register for QPR please call 616-842-9160.

Local mental health organiztions will be on hand with contact information and followup resources.

For more information on Extended Grace visit https://www.extendedgrace.org/

To learn more about Coming Up For Air visit comingupforairmovie.com.

This film is a project of the Heartland Independent Film Forum. Visit https://heartland-iff.org/ Both the movie and Heartland can be visited on Facebook.

For more information contact Extended Grace at (616) 502-2078. barbara@extendedgrace.org

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