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Batavia High School to screen film about anxiety among kids and teens

BATAVIA- The Batavia Public School District is hoping a screening of the documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” will lead to important conversations about the mental illness among local families, community leaders and experts.

The Batavia Fine Arts Centre will host the 56-minute IndieFlix film screening at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29. Following the film, mental health experts will host an informative panel discussion, according to a Dec. 3 news release.

“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 candor and bravery will inspire our community to do the same,” said Erin Hack, BHS counselor, in the release.

The film tells the stories of many kids and teens who have anxiety and the impact it has on their lives, and features an interview with Olympic swimmer and mental health advocate Michael Phelps. The documentary also discusses the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as resources and tools that are available.

“The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me,” Phelps said in the release. “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.”

According to the World Health Organization, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the United States, impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age 7 being the median age of onset. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment.

Free tickets are now available and space is limited. For more information about this documentary, visit https://angstmovie.com.

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