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Mental Health Town Hall Grand Haven Michigan

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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

To learn more about Coming Up For Air visit

This film is a project of the Heartland Independent Film Forum. Visit Both the movie and Heartland can be visited on Facebook.

For more information contact Extended Grace at (616) 502-2078.