When children face mental health challenges, it can have a profound effect on families. One of the major obstacles to seeking treatment is the stigma surrounding mental illness. But the more conversation a community has about mental health issues, the more people may be willing to reach out for help.

In that spirit, the Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council and Wilton Social Services have teamed up with Laurel House in Stamford to present a free screening of No Letting Go, an award willing film about one family’s experience with a family member who is mentally ill. Randi Silverman, the film’s writer and producer, will lead a Q&A session following the screening.

No Letting Go is a compelling drama based on Silverman’s own family journey to understand and to cope with the erratic behavior and emotional instability of their middle son, Tim. The family’s world starts to unravel as they discover that their son’s increasing fragility is due to mental illness. His family must play an integral role in finding the help he needs, but will it be too late?  Will love, strength and courage prevail to reveal the resiliency of the human spirit?

This poignant film honestly depicts the potentially devastating impacts of mental health disorders, which affect 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 5 youth aged 13-18 (21.4%) in the United States every year.

The Wilton Library screening of No Letting Go will be presented free of charge on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m.. Advance registration is recommended by calling the Wilton Library at 203.762.6334 or registering online.

The screening is sponsored by Wilton Youth Services, Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council’s Parent Connection and Laurel House.

Laurel House, a nonprofit organization located in Stamford, provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives in their communities throughout Fairfield County. Last year Laurel House helped 729 individuals and 150 families achieve and sustain mental health recovery and greater self-sufficiency. For more information contact Barbara Rossi via email or call 203.324.7734.