It seems like life moves so much faster and forceful than for previous generations, resulting in feelings of angst for many teenagers. While anxiety is typical for students who are growing, maturing and facing challenging peer-pressure issues, an increasing number of students develop anxiety disorders that greatly impact how they can approach day-to-day activities.
As part of Suicide Awareness Month in September, Canyons District is partnering with the Deseret News to host a free screening of the IndieFlix documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” for parents and teens. The film addresses what anxiety is — its causes and effects, and what can be done about it.
The 6 p.m. event will be Thursday, Sept. 6 at Jordan High, 95 Beetdigger Blvd. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local mental-health experts, including Canyons District counselors and social workers.
The documentary raises awareness about anxiety through the stories of such people as gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps, who opens up in the film about suffering from anxiety.
The producers of the film say 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 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.
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.
Click here to reserve your spot at the event.