Angst: Film and Panel about Anxiety for Parents in Bloomfield Hills May 16


Angst: Film and Panel about Anxiety for Parents in Bloomfield Hills May 16

Bloomfield Hills, MI – In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, the Bloomfield Hills High School PTO will hold a screening of the documentary Angst, Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 7 pm in the Bloomfield Hills High School auditorium. The goal of Angst is to lessen the anxiety stigma and to start a conversation; the filmmakers believe that this happens best when communities watch the film together, sitting side-by-side.

The screening will feature the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion powered by our community’s questions. Our panel will be moderated by Denise Ullem (Bloomfield Youth Assistance Board Member and local parent), and special panel guests will include Dr. Michael Young, PhD; Carla Westerby, BHHS Guidance Counselor; and Cassandra Jones, BHHS Social Worker.

BHHS Counselor Carla Westerby reflected on the film’s impact, “Angst does a phenomenal job of capturing the thoughts and experiences that our youth have surrounding anxiety. Some students who suffer anxiety don’t always show it on the outside, and this film really helps everyone to see no matter how they may appear, the struggle of anxiety is real.”

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.

Through candid interviews, Angst tells the stories of 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 Angst is the openness of the children and young adults featured; for some of them, this is 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.

“Everybody needs to know that anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable instead of viewing them as a personal choice or something to be ashamed of,” said Dr. Jerry Bubrick, Senior Director of Anxiety Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute, one of Angst’s experts. “Getting help early is crucial in giving people the tools they need to feel better. We just need to start the conversation.”

Charlie Hollerith, BHHS Principal, shares this, “This film not only raises awareness but also reminds us of how important mental health is to the success of our students.”

Please consider joining us for Angst and conversation Wednesday, May 16.



WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018, AT 7 PM



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