The Washington School District will show the movie, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” to all students at the high school, middle school and sixth-graders Oct. 23-24.
The film also will be available for any parent or community member to view Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. in the high school theater.
“Angst” discusses and explores anxiety from a child, teen and young adult perspective and provides causes, effects, and coping strategies.
“The purpose of showing it to our students, parents and community is to raise awareness about anxiety and to provide children and families with tools and strategies when facing anxiety,” said Lindsey Jasper, LCSW, social worker for the district.
The parent/community showing will be followed by a question and answer discussion with mental health professionals in the community.
The New Haven School District also offered a free public screening of the IndieFlix documentary last month to the community and students. The community viewing was followed by a panel discussion led by school counselor Eileen Roth and a group of community mental health experts.
IndieFlix is a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its nonprofit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation.
Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick said they have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many children and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.
The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all time.
In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the United States, impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age 7 being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety — from the producers to the interviewees.
“Angst” is being screened in schools and communities around the world. The IndieFlix original film is expected to reach more than 3 million people around the world, through 25,000 community and school screenings.