Anxiety awareness film offered by Bainbridge Youth Services

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:26am
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Bainbridge Youth Services will hold a special screening of the documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” on Thursday, March 15 at Bainbridge Cinemas at the Pavilion.

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. BYS is bringing the film to the Bainbridge community to open a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion, led by local counselors and health professionals.

“All of us experience anxiety to some degree, yet more and more youth are suffering from severe anxiety that interferes with their daily life,” said Cezanne Allen, executive director of Bainbridge Youth Services.

Part of the beauty of this film, she explained, 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. BYS hopes their candidness and bravery will inspire the island community to do the same.

The film’s 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 swimmers of all-time.

Tickets are available now and seating is limited; tickets are available at https://askbys.org/angst-movie/.

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 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” screens in schools and communities across 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

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