This true story, No Letting Go, offers mental illness support to caregivers and families. This film honestly depicts the mayhem mental illness can cause within a home. I could relate to the loss, confusion, fears, exasperation, despair, and uncertainty these parents, Catherine and Henry, faced with the onset of their young son’s mental illness. This movie helps us understand we are not alone despite the loneliness we have endured due to mental illness.
Tim’s mental health declines despite given excellent care
- Catherine promptly responded by taking her son, Tim, to a professional counselor and later to a psychiatrist when Tim began to have symptoms of anxiety.
- Catherine received support from her husband to enroll Tim in a private school with the hope Tim would improve with the extra one on one attention. Although there was some financial stress for this family, Henry was fortunate enough to have a good job to pay for Tim’s expensive needed special care.
- Catherine read and studied about mental illness trying to understand Tim’s mental health challenges and how she could support him best.
- Catherine was loving and patient
Although Catherine followed all the recommendations to help her son, he continued to decline.
Letting go of guilt
For those that carry guilt about things we did not do or was not financially able to do, this true story, No Letting Go, gives mental illness support by showing although this family could afford quality treatments for Tim, he continued to decline and struggle. Catherine was even fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom who provided Tim a safe, secure environment as his full-time caregiver, but even this mother’s loving, dedicated and tenacious care did not stabilize him or make him well. Because of Catherine and Henry’s love for their child, they refuse to quit searching for solutions.
Don’t beat yourself up!
All the strength we can muster is needed to cope with the unpredictable swings of mental illness. All of us need to try NOT to fall into the trap of beating ourselves up. This uses up energy so critically needed to take care of our families and to make very important decisions concerning our mentally ill loved one’s futures. Doing the best we can has to be good enough. The majority of mothers have to work, and many of us cannot afford expensive mental illness treatments, but we must not blame ourselves for our child’s mental illness because of limited resources. We must not compare our unique mental health challenges to others; there are too many variables to accurately make fair comparisons. If you would like to read some of my “coping with mental illness tips” CLICK HERE.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
Whatever I lack and despite my weaknesses, I pray for all those suffering from debilitating mental illnesses will be healed.
Trailer for True Story, No Letting Go
TCPalm.com, part of the USA Today Network, features an article about the true story movie, No Letting Go.
One in 5 children will develop a mental illness in their lifetime, with more than half developing the illness by the time they are 14 and 75 percent by age 24. In the United States, 14 million kids annually are affected. Suncoast purchased the licensing rights to screen the film through the generosity of longtime supporter Martin Health System.
Suncoast Mental Health Center has been the leader in mental health awareness and education for several years offering lectures, symposia and community events such as this film screening since beginning its outreach efforts.
You can watch the movie, “No Letting Go” on Amazon.
Update- You can now watch “No Letting Go” on YouTube for free.