Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, young and old. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of people suffering from anxiety receive treatment.
“Angst” is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm, “Angst” will be screened at Los Altos High School. The film screening will be followed by discussion panel to address questions raised during the film and how we can work together to support all of our students. The film will have Spanish subtitles, and a discussion panel will follow. Questions and answers from the panel discussion will be translated in Spanish.
The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. Produced in 2017, the film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools. Through candid interviews, “Angst” shares the stories of kids and teens who have experienced anxiety, the impacts it has had on their lives and relationships, and how they found coping skills, solutions and hope. Mental health experts discuss the causes of anxiety, its sociological effects, and the importance of asking for help – as well as offer resources to address the condition.
This screening is being brought to our community through a collaboration of MVLA, LASD, Mountain View — Whisman, and CHAC. Parents from all districts are invited.