Film Tells Stories of Kids and Teens Dealing with Anxiety
As families begin discussing the coming school year, anxiety around COVID-19 will likely increase the typical stressors associated with going back to school. NAMI Minnesota and sponsor affiliates are pleased to offer a special event to help families talk about anxiety and panic disorders as they prepare for the coming school year.
Families across Minnesota are invited to attend a free online viewing of the documentary Angst at 7:00 p.m. on August 25. This event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion led by experts in the children’s mental health field.
This screening is made possible through the financial support of NAMI Dakota County, NAMI Hennepin County, NAMI Ramsey County, and NAMI Washington County.
While the film is free, there are only 1,000 viewing tickets. Pre-registration is required. Registration begins July 15. Register, here.
Through candid interviews, the makers of Angst tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. 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.