On April 17th, 19th, and 21st, Oxbridge Academy, in partnership with Score at the Top, invites students, parents and the public to attend a special screening of “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” an independent film that has received national attention and sparked global conversation about teen anxiety. The screening is part of a month-long initiative undertaken by Oxbridge to educate its teachers and staff about anxiety disorders, and about how they can help students deal with and overcome these issues.
The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion led by local psychologist Dr. Marnee Schneider and educational consultant, Marcy Salenieks, LCSW. The discussion will be moderated by educational consultant, Jason Robinovitz.
Through candid interviews, film producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many children 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 Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate, who says: “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."
In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with recommendations for help, resources and tools that address the condition. While “Angst” documents the struggles some people have with anxiety, it also reveals their hope for the future.
“We observe the stress and anxiety students experience as they work through the college testing and application processes,” said Oxbridge Head of School John Klemme. “We believe this is an important film for all students to teach how to cope with anxiety and create a dialogue between students, peers, and parents about how they’re feeling.”
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.
Tickets are available now and seating is limited. The Angst screening, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at Oxbridge, Thursday April 19 at Score At The Top, and Saturday, April 21 at Score At The Top. The Score At The Top showing will be held in it's Boca Raton campus located at 900 Broken Sound Parkway.
Oxbridge's Q&A discussions will be conducted in partnership with Dr. Stephanie Larsen and Dr. Jaimie St. Ama of Palm Beach Behavioral Health & Wellness. The discussion will be moderated by Oxbridge College Counselor Zöe Losada.