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Clarkston Schools and Clarkston for Life to Screen "Angst" Documentary

Clarkston Schools and Clarkston for Life to Screen "Angst" Documentary

Dear Friends of Clarkston Community Schools,

People of all ages struggle with anxiety and have trouble talking about it. We want to change that. Clarkston Community Schools and Clarkston For Life (a community well-being initiative) are teaming up to screen a documentary about anxiety, "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" to our community.

The one-hour screening will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm at the Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center with the goal of opening up a dialogue about anxiety between local families, community leaders and experts. The film screening is free and open to the public.

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.

The film's producers have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell 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.

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Clarkston For Life is a community well-being initiative focusing on the social, emotional and physical health of all of our residents, from ages 0-100. We believe that such health is the key to quality of life and positive outcomes for our graduates and residents. Clarkston For Life is taking an innovative, community-based approach to the project, meaning that the active participation of the community will play a very important role in the development of the plan and how the community can undertake well-being improvement.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, October 23. Please contact me at sapuzio@clarkston.k12.mi.us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Staci Puzio
Clarkston Community Schools Director of Growth and Well-Being
Clarkston for Life Leadership Team