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Wellbeing | Free screening of Angst

During this challenging school year for our students, wellbeing is top of mind. On January 20, parents were invited to an online event “Managing Student Anxiety in the Age of COVID-19” with presentations by Dr. Geoff Sorge, UCC’s psychologist and Scott Cowie, the Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing. The PO sponsored event had an audience of over 125 attendees and featured an informative Q & A session following the presentations. A recording of the event can be accessed with the passcode: Dpt6S^0A.

As a complement to the presentations, UCC is making available a special screening of Angst, an independent documentary that explores anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. The goal of the 56-minute film is to increase awareness and encourage a global conversation about how anxiety challenges youth today. It features candid and compelling interviews with kids and young adults who have lived experience with common forms of mental health challenges and includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety, its sociological effects, and offers viewers many invaluable insights, resources and tools. It was made in consultation with a variety of experts in youth and adolescent mental health, including the Child Mind Institute, Seattle Children’s Hospital, the University of Virginia, the University of Washington and others. A trailer for the film is available here.

We are grateful for the generosity of the Star Stuff organization for making this film available free-of-charge to parents. Star Stuff’s mission is to help teenagers with insecurities as a result of physical, emotional and mental scars through storytelling, mentorship and education.

To access the film:

Use the link below to access the Angst online program with the login (uppercanada@indieflix.com) and password (uppercanada):

https://distlab.indieflix.com/ocs/Angst/UpperCanada/watch.html

The link is good for 500 logins/views until January 27 at 11:59 p.m.

Subtitles are included and can be turned on/off on the video player progress bar where it says “CC.”

The film is a great accompaniment to the presentation by Dr. Sorge and Scott Cowie and I encourage you to take a look.

Suzanne Heft
PO Wellbeing Representative