Mental Health Awareness Week
MAY 10-16, 2014

Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley

 

Joe Greco and Mayor of Sedona, Sandy Moriarty.

On May 10 at Vino di Sedona, CANVAS filmmaker Joe Greco talked about making the film and his life growing up in a family where his mom was diagnosed with schizophrenia. There was a lively Q&A with the attendees.

 

Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley

 

 

Joya Comeaux led a group of dancers celebrating empowerment.

 

 

Mental Health Coalition Verde ValleyMonday, May 11, “In Our Own Voices” sponsored by NAMI and hosted at OLLI at Yavapai College Sedona. Attendees at this first of 12 events of Mental Health Awareness Week heard Carmen Griffin speak about what it is like to live with mental illness — she is part of the NAMI “In Our Own Voices” Program. She is an amazing woman and the community conversation that followed identified ways our community can increase the awareness of mental illness, eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness, and understand that it is a biological brain disorder that can be treated and from which one can recover. Carmen spoke beautifully about her life journey and her life today. In the photo Carmen is in the back row right in the center! Thank you Carmen — and everyone who attended.

Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley

 

Tuesday, May 12, the film “Alive Inside” was shown at the Sedona Community Center. The movie focuses on the role music can play for seniors with memory loss and in nursing homes. Hearing music they loved brought them alive and had them dancing! Sedona Harpist Barbie Edwards showed how she uses harps to help individuals heal with the music and the vibrations. The film was shown on Tuesday in Sedona and again on Wednesday at the Cottonwood Senior Center. Thanks to both venues for hosting the film.