United Counseling Service is presenting the documentary Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety on Wednesday, January 29th at 6:30 pm at the Manchester Community Library. The goal of this documentary is to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety and its effect on youth. Staff from UCS will lead a facilitated discussion immediately following the film.
The film tells 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.
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 impacted by anxiety receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.
“Anxiety and depression among children and youth is a growing concern in our community and nation- wide.” said Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of United Counseling Service. “We felt it important to present Angst to the community as a way to help others understand the impact of anxiety on young people and help parents and educators recognize the signs and know how to get help.”
This event is free and open to the public. This screening is made possible with support from Manchester Community Library, MVP Healthcare, Charlie’s Fund and the Gregory S. Hillman Fund.