"This fall with students returning to classrooms and mental health needs at an all-time
high, our goal is for California schools to have robust and historic levels of mental health
programming to provide critical support to students and families." said State
Superintendent Tony Thurmond. "Angst: Building Resilience and its accompanying
easy-to-use curriculum will help elevate the voices of students who are living with
emotional distress, so they will feel heard, validated, and supported"
Angst: Building Resilience is a film-based mental health support program, endorsed by educators, psychiatrists and mental health advocates. Distributed by education veteran, iNDIEFLIX, it has transformed lives across 64 countries.
In collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE), The iNDIEFLIX Foundation, CalHOPE, and Blue Shield of California, this initiative will:
"Angst is not only appropriate for students in this demographic but NEEDED because it offers practical tips that are accessible to ALL walks of life. Helps them understand the brain science behind anxiety symptoms and be equipped with powerful tools that empower them."
“Right now when anxiety is at an all time high, SEL support is needed more than ever and we’re excited about this opportunity to bring mental health resources to our students across the state”
The need for this program has never been more critical:
As highlighted in the Children Now’s 2020 California Children’s Report Card, the mental health of our youth is of major concern and calls for immediate, increased mental health services to relieve the pressure on schools.
The Angst film is available for California parents, guardians, and school staff to watch on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 5-9pm PT through June 30th. You will need to register for a free account to gain admission to the film, please click the button below to register and watch the film. Please take a few minutes to complete the 3 minute viewer survey.
"I never knew that what I was experiencing was severe anxiety. I'm so grateful to know that there is treatment."
— 10th grade Student
"Middle and high school student anxiety in our community is very real, this was an excellent way to educate us about the brain, our feelings, and reactions to anxiety, what challenges it can cause in individuals and family life, as well as some helpful solutions!"
See the Impact:
"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."
— Michael Phelps, Olympic Gold Medalist
Reaching Students Through School
A classroom program which includes the 43-minute Angst film in either English or Spanish, plus interactive classroom activities, including a discussion guide, tip sheet, action plan of activities and a library of audio, visual and readable mental health resources, as well as click- through links to find support.
Guidelines for principals and teachers on how to easily promote and implement the plug-and-play program, from a full set of promotional materials to all support materials for discussion, activities and further research. Everything is organized and delivered through one central Angst landing page and dashboard.
The 43-minute Angst film and program are available for districts and schools to present to parents/caregivers in the evening. The program provides knowledge and information to help parents/caregivers better understand anxiety and support their children and families.
"I'm seeing so many students suffering right now, Anxiety is becoming the new pandemic. I’ve implemented Angst in our district and found it to be an impactful SEL opportunity that is easy for teachers to share in a class period. Angst offers help and hope and helps our youth feel seen and understood. This film should be shared in all school communities!"
"Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient."
— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Safe, secure, and culturally sensitive emotional support for all Californians.
Strategies, resources, and training in psychological and mental health issues, including coping with tragedy, crisis intervention and prevention, school psychology and suicide prevention.
Resources on anxiety and depression.
Help bring this impactful mental health support program to California youth across the state in public schools. The Angst: Building Resilience program will be available through school districts this fall while students adjust to being back in school, with access continuing throughout the school year. Register to bring these essential tools to your district to help stabilize our youth and build resilience during the time they need it the most.administrators register here
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