No Letting Go

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Okay, Network faithful, let's help Randi Silverman get her movie, No Letting Go, distributed far and wide. If you are a loyal reader of Friday Update, then you know we do whatever we can to support the collective voice that focuses on children's mental health. Randi is a loyal reader, you are loyal readers... my goodness, a match made in heaven!

NO LETTING GO is a feature film adapted from the award-winning short film ILLNESS. In 2013 and 2014, ILLNESS won 7 awards, received over 20 nominations worldwide and was under consideration for the 2014 Academy Awards.

Based on a true story, ....

NO LETTING GO centers around what would appear to be a typical family. A husband and wife balancing work and responsibilities all while raising their three sons. Over a 4-year period we soon realize the middle son is struggling in ways that do not seem common or typical. Is it a phase? Growing pains? The mom, in particular, is faced with the daunting challenge of finding answers and help for her child. In a time where the impact of mental health challenges for families, parents, siblings and the community are just being realized -- this poignant story touches on a parents worst nightmare: What if you lost your child to a mental disorder? NO LETTING GO is a powerful, heartfelt and poignant story of the strength of family and the bonds that connect us.

As a society, we can no longer afford to stay silent.

About Randi Silverman
Over the past ten years, Randi Silverman has lead community-based awareness campaigns and support groups on the issue of child and adolescent mental health. As the mother of a child with a mental health disorder, she has experienced first-hand what it is to bring a family of three children through this challenge. Randi is a frequent speaker on child and adolescent mental health, and takes every opportunity to create community conversations in an effort to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness. In service of this mission, Randi is the Associate Producer of the award-winning short film ILLNESS and the Executive Producer and Co-Screenwriter of the feature film NO LETTING GO. As a member of the creative team for both films, Randi drew from her direct experience and deep knowledge of child mental health issues to enable realistic and powerful film scripts. Randi is the co-Founder and Director of Parent-to-Parent Support Group, a support network for parents raising children with issues of anxiety, depression and/or mood disorder. Parent-to-Parent has served over 400 families in the New York City Tri-State Area since 2011. Earlier community work includes serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of Byram Hills C.H.I.L.D., a committee of the local Parent Teacher Association supporting families with children of various abilities, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Rosenthal JCC (Pleasantville, NY) as Chair of their Special Needs Department. A former practicing attorney, Randi helps parents advocate for the educational needs of children of all abilities.


  1. Kristi Eldridge's avatar
    Kristi Eldridge
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    I have a brother, a husband and a son all who are Bipolar. There have been so many times when I felt so alone and didn't quite now what to do. I felt like I was the only one who had a child line this and have had such a hard time getting anyone to listen. It took me till the end of his sophomore year to even get him a 504 plan for school. The very next year he got caught with drugs, dropped out and has to this date been on probation for 2 1/2 years and spent about three months in jail. His PO doesn't get it won't listen and insists he can do things just the same as others. I saw this film the other day and cried because I'm not alone and I'm not the only one to have those kinds of feelings. This is an amazing movie and could help so many people understand what goes on behind closed doors when we aren't strong enough to let them in. Thank you for making this movie.
  2. George Patrin, MD/MHA, San Antonio, TX's avatar
    George Patrin, MD/MHA, San Antonio, TX
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    This film and topic is so important. I have experienced this societal pressure to let go of a loved one I am trying to get mental health assessment and care for. Because we have closed down programs that conduct a respectful evaluation followed by appropriate care, we cannot find a program for him. I am being told "you've done all you can...let go." The travesty is we know there are effective programs out there, we just can't access them, and because of this, we should just give up, give in, and relegate him back to the street, jail, or worse? This is a travesty and needs to be urgently and honestly spoken about. Thanks to Randi for raising our social consciousness with this film.
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