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Documentary screening at Vestal High School educates families about anxiety in teenagers

VESTAL (WBNG) — An internationally touring documentary made a stop in our area Monday evening to teach students and families about anxiety’s affects on teenagers.

Vestal High School hosted the screening of Angst, a documentary about the rising rates of teenage anxiety and opening up the conversation on mental health.

Dozens of students, parents and school staff from the community were in attendance.

It hopes to spread a message encouraging youth that they can overcome their anxiety through calming and distracting techniques, but most importantly, talking about their feelings to people they trust.

“That’s how we’re going to make a difference,” says Scilla Andreen, producer, executive producer and distributor of Angst. “That’s how we’re going to start changing the brain, and talking about our feelings, and learning to be there for each other is to actually just start talking about it. And that’s free. It’s awkward and it’s scary and we don’t know what to say. And so the movie sort of helps model how to have that conversation.”

That conversation started after the film when the producer along with local experts opened the floor to the public to answer their questions.

Angst has been out more than a year and has been screened nearly 1,300 times in around 30 countries.

David Caya

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