IndieFlix Shines the Light on Anxiety with Must-See Documentary, “ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY

HALF MOON BAY HIGH SCHOOL’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMITTEE PROUDLY PRESENTS:“ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY” 

IndieFlix Shines the Light on Anxiety with Must-See Documentary,  “ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY” 

NEW FILM CREATED TO START COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT  TEEN ANXIETY & PROVIDE TOOLS, RESOURCES & HOPE SCREENS
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 @ 6:45 PM 
HALF MOON BAY HIGH SCHOOL 

IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its non-profit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation, is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”.  On Wednesday February 12th beginning at 6:45PM, Half Moon Bay High School will hold a FREE screening of the documentary to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion.

Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick 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 kids 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. 

We are grateful to offer the expertise of the following people for the panel/audience discussion following the film: 

Belinda Arriaga (Co-founder Latino Counsel, Asst. Professor Marriage and Family Therapy), 
Dr. Keely Rollings (PsdD., MBA, Family Therapist), 
Coach Katie Moore (Sea Crest Dean of Students, Health and Wellness Educator), 
Brittany Jolivette ( M.A. Ed.Educational and Clinical Counseling HMBHS), 
Kelly Duvall (Anxiety survivor, courageous spokesperson, mother of child in “Angst.”)

Part of the beauty of this film is the openness of the children and young adults featured; for some of them, the “Angst” project marks the first time they are publicly sharing their experiences with anxiety. Our hope is that their candidness and bravery will inspire our community to do the same. Teen anxiety and depression are on the rise. What can we do to help our struggling youth, family and friends?

While “Angst” documents the struggles some people have with anxiety, it also reveals their hope for the future. Noah, a teenager in the film, describes it this way: “Anxiety doesn’t define me. It’s not just a curse; it also gives me strength.”

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven 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.

"The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me,” said Michael Phelps. “Many people don’t understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it. I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of ‘Angst’ to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help."

 With the right treatment, anxiety is manageable. 

ANGST THE MOVIE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 @ 6:45 PM 
HALF MOON BAY HIGH SCHOOL 
MULTI-USE ROOM
FREE PIZZA AND REFRESHMENTS

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