Raising Resilience has announced its new lineup of programs for the start of the year.
The nonprofit organization provides parent education, resources and connections to help families thrive.
The first program of the year is a documentary screening that was selected by a community poll. “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” IndieFlix acclaimed production, will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Bainbridge Cinemas.
“Raising Resilience is committed to presenting programs that reflect and address the needs of families in our community,” said board president Krzysztofa McDonough.
“We are excited to begin the year with a hopeful message and set of practical tools featured in the ‘Angst’ documentary,” she added. “Anxiety is a prevalent issue both on the island and in today’s world in general, but it is also treatable, and we need to talk about it. We look forward to facilitating community discussions around youth mental health and are grateful to our partners and supporters for making it possible.”
The film features stories and practical strategies from kids, teens, experts, and parents — including gold medal-winning athlete, Michael Phelps, who himself struggles with anxiety and depression. Viewers will learn how to identify and understand the symptoms in themselves and others, and gain insight on how to find the courage to reach out for help.
Attendees will also have a chance to hear more about the issues, research, and solutions as they pertain to the Bainbridge community, and ask local experts questions during a post-screening discussion facilitated by Bainbridge Youth Services and Raising Resilience.
Organizers said the special screening was made possible thanks to support from Carden Country School, Hyla Middle School, Bainbridge Vision and West Sound Academy, and with additional support from Bainbridge Cinemas and One Call for All supporters.
Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at www.raisingresilience.org. A pool of free access tickets is available at Helpline House.
The film is recommended for parents of children of all ages, and youth (fifth grade and up). Some teen themes are featured, and parental discretion is advised. Organizers said youth are encouraged to attend and join the conversation.
“Last year, in addition to looking into the results of the Healthy Youth Survey and the city of Bainbridge Island’s Needs Assessment Report, we asked parents, educators and community leaders for input via surveys and focus groups to guide our program decisions,” said April Avey Trabucco, executive director of Raising Resilience. “Results indicated that anxiety and depression, technology balance and substance abuse prevention were the top priorities, and we are planning to bring more programs to address these topics in 2020 and beyond.”
Raising Resilience often partners with other community organizations to facilitate parent education opportunities. On Sunday, Feb. 2, the nonprofit will address mental health and substance abuse prevention during a therapist-led, post-show discussion following the 3 p.m. matinee performance of The Lesser Known Player’s production of “Next to Normal,” an award-winning rock musical.
The show centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family, and the musical addresses grief, depression, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life. The therapist will be available to address the issues raised in the show.
More information and a ticket link can be found at RaisingResilience.org.
In early spring, Raising Resilience will present an evening speaker event featuring clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. William Stixrud, and Ned Johnson, a motivational coach and tutor.
The pair are authors of the best-selling book “The Self-driven Child,” which has been featured on NPR and in Scientific American, the Washington Post, and beyond. A few years ago, Stixrud and Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed and lacking motivation.
The authors will visit Bainbridge for a presentation on Monday, March 9 at Woodward Middle School, where they will share with Bainbridge parents the science and sense of giving kids more control over their lives.
The evening will include breakout sessions and practical tips for different age groups (Kindergarten through High School) on how to foster resilience and set our children on the real road to success. Details and registration will be posted soon at RaisingResilience.org.
Officials also noted that Raising Resilience is planning another parent workshop this spring, and more programs and collaborations will be announced later this year.
To complement events and programs, additional resources — such as a parent guide, blog series and parent events calendar — can be found on the organization’s website. For more information or to get involved, visit RaisingResilience.org, subscribe to the newsletter or follow the organization’s Facebook page.
“Knowledge is power. Island youth and families benefit when we come together to learn and support each other in the difficult task of parenting,” McDonough said. “We hope that the discussion will continue long after the events are over.”