The CEMS Mental Health Initiative invites you to join us for a free screening of
“Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”
April 26th 6:00-7:30
Cape Elizabeth High School Auditorium
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 documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”. On April 26th, Cape Elizabeth Middle School Mental Health Initiative will hold a special screening of the documentary at the Cape Elizabeth High School Auditorium to open up a dialogue between local families, students, staff, community members, and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion, moderated by Scilla Andreen, IndieFlix CEO and “Angst” producer. The panel of experts includes: Smita Sonti, MD, a primary care physician who practices in Scarborough, and has served as the Cape Elizabeth Schools physician for several years; Sarah Hanson, LCSW, CEMS social worker; Jill Young, RN, CEMS school nurse; and Kate Danielson, MS, MA, LCPC Child and Family Therapist who has a private practice in South Portland.
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.
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. While “Angst” documents the struggles some people have with anxiety, it also reveals their hope for the future.
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."
To learn more, visit www.angstmovie.com.