Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: March 12, 2014

 

"Let's Erase the Stigma" - Documentary Film Screening at Los Altos High School, March 12

Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano

 

Los Altos, California (March 6, 2014) -  The LETS (Let's Erase The Stigma) Club at Los Altos High School will be co-hosting a free PG-13 screening of the film "No Kidding? Me 2!," starring Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos,” “The Matrix,” “The Goonies”) on Wednesday, March 12, in the Los Altos High School Eagle Theater at 7 p.m.   Pantoliano is a best-selling author and mental health advocate committed to erasing the stigma and shame that currently surrounds those with mental health struggles.  The evening includes a post-film Q&A discussion with Clinical Directors from Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS Silicon Valley).
 
Donations also will be accepted at the screening to support LETS students attendance at FCS's Circle of Support Breakfast on Thursday, May 8, at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel in Palo Alto.  Students will meet Pantoliano and hear about his struggles with depression and overcoming the prejudicial bias within our healthcare system. 
 
"It requires less effort to judge others, than to educate ourselves on the matter," FCS Silicon Valley CEO Diana Neiman said. "As a result, we often marginalize those people who most need our acceptance. This documentary screening gathers the broader community for an unashamed conversation, one with great potential to increase understanding and acceptance."  
 
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), "an estimated 2.62 percent of Americans 18 and older (about one in four adults) suffer from a diagnosable brain-related disorder in a given year."  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that only 13.4 percent of adults in the U.S. received treatment for their addictions.  The prevalence of mental illnesses in adolescents as they age has been on an upward trend. The data tells us that 41.7 percent of 13- to 14-year-olds nationwide suffer a mental health disorder; comparatively, 45.9 percent of 15- to 16-year-olds, and 54.4 percent of 17- to 18-year-olds have a mental health diagnosis. Arguably, managing the label and stigma shrouding thei
r diagnosis is as significant as managing their illness. 
 
The film screening is a partnership with Los Altos High School's LETS Club and FCS Silicon Valley. LAHS's LETS club was started three years ago by a group of students as an extension of the larger LETS organization, a non-profit national organization dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental illnesses by funding educational programs and other activities to raise awareness. FCS Silicon Valley has provided more than 7000 residents with affordable emotional and mental health care since 1948.  Focus areas include intensive substance abuse disorders, transitioning foster youth programs, school-based services, an LGBTQ youth drop-in center and family violence prevention.

 

The event is at Los Altos High School Auditorium,  201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos

 

For more information about the film screening, visit www.fcservices.org, contact FCS Silicon Valley via Sarah Bennett at sbennett@fcservices.org or 650-543-5412, or contact LAHS LETS Club via Judy Prothro at judy.prothro@mvla.net or 650-960-8816.

 

 

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: Crysta Krames

Email: sbennett@fcservices.org

Phone: 650-248-6526

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists with a firm assignment only.

 

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley

375 Cambridge Ave, Palo Alto, California, 94306

Web: www.fcservices.org

 

 Condensed Version  

 

"Let's Erase the Stigma" - Documentary Film Screening at Los Altos High School, March 12

Los Altos, California -  The LETS (Let's Erase The Stigma) Club at Los Altos High School will be co-hosting a free PG-13 screening of the film "No Kidding? Me 2!," starring Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos,” “The Matrix,” “The Goonies”) on Wednesday, March 12, in the Los Altos High School Eagle Theater at 7 p.m.   Pantoliano is a best-selling author and mental health advocate committed to erasing the stigma and shame that currently surrounds those with mental health struggles.  The evening includes a post-film Q&A discussion with Clinical Directors from Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS Silicon Valley). Donations also will be accepted at the screening to support LETS students attendance at FCS's Circle of Support Breakfast on Thursday, May 8, at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel in Palo Alto.  Students will meet Pantoliano and hear about his struggles with depression and overcoming the prejudicial bias within our healthcare system.  The event is at Los Altos High School Auditorium, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos   For more information about the film screening, visit www.fcservices.org, contact FCS Silicon Valley via Sarah Bennett at sbennett@fcservices.org or 650-543-5412, or contact LAHS LETS Club via Judy Prothro at judy.prothro@mvla.net or 650-960-8816.

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