A year-long, multi-media program for social and emotional well-being, built around our Mental Health Trilogy.
Raising awareness around anxiety
Finding balance in social media use
Developing empathy & resilience to reduce cyber-bullying
“Clearly the iNDIEFLIX forum of documentary / school forums can both inform communities… and prompt effective evidence-based interventions. Bravo IndieFlix!”
Cora Collette Breuner, MD, MPH, FAAP
Seattle Children’s Hospital
“The Creative Coping Toolkit is a beautifully simple, heart-warming approach to tackling some of the toughest issues we face growing up. We are taken by the hand and lightly walked through exercises like how to use language or art to express mood, or to effectively engage others in our journey to better connection. The reader is invited to create their own tools, and empowered to share ideas, thus building trust and resilience for future challenges.”
Emily Wong, MD, MHA, FACP
Affiliate Associate Professor, Dept Medicine at the University of Washington and Primary Care University of Hong Kong
“My county serves children of all demographics including those in poverty. Angst is not only appropriate but needed because it offers practical tips that are accessible to all. The film helps them understand the brain science behind anxiety symptoms and to be equipped with healthy tools that empower them.”
Dr. Tinisha Parker
“We live in a world where technology and media continue to move faster than we can keep up, and it is ubiquitous. Despite the complexity of innovation, our behavior and decision making can provide a guiding foundation for how we leverage tech for good and think critically past the pitfalls. The ‘Creative Coping Toolkit’ is a must-read for kids and families to help inform our behavior, decisions, and how we cope through these realities. More so, a guide of simple activities leading individuals through thinking and discussion routines that uncover the social and emotional complexities of living in an always-connected digital world. Encouraging authentic conversations and providing a space to reflect is an essential practice for every home and everyone. Essentially, we need to disconnect in order to reconnect, and the CCT is a great guide in that practice.”
Vice President Outreach & Engagament, Common Sense Education
“The past year has been a very difficult one for most people...In our research, we see that young people have been harder hit emotionally than older adults—which was not something we had originally expected, given the increased risk of illness and death from COVID-19 among seniors. We are still trying to understand why young people have had greater challenges coping with the pandemic, but it may be the isolation from friends and loved ones that may be particularly challenging, or increased worries about their futures."
Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD
Professor of Psychological Science, Public Health, and Medicine at the University of California, Irvine
Through candid interviews, the power of film is used to tell the stories of 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.
SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION
Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care… but is that really happening? The film features in-depth interviews with teenagers reflecting on their own social media use, as well as experts including Max Stossel, Head of Education and Content at the Center of Humane Technology, Leah Pearlman, co-creator of the Facebook “Like” button and Dr Jerry Bubrick, A Senior Psychologist at Child Mind Institute.
Woven into this is a very personal, first-hand account of a family’s tragic loss that inspired new legislation to turn the tide against this very real epidemic, the latest scientific and medical research, and strategies to help turn back the tide. With the enforced isolation, anxiety and increased screen time that has descended with the pandemic, we are living through a perfect storm for intense cyber-bullying, making this film even more vital viewing than before.
Angst, exploring anxiety, highlighted that increased time spend on social-media worsened anxiety, a sense of isolation and depression.
Filming ‘LIKE’, about how to find a healthy balance with technology, uncovered the extent to which young people were suffering from hurtful comments, to much worse.
This resulted in ‘The Upstanders.’
These films complement each other, helping young people to adults towards better thought patterns, more considered actions, stronger empathy and resilience. They help them become healthier and happier.
Rabbi Brian Strauss
Head Rabbi of Congregation Beth Yeshurun
“The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me. Many people don't understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it. 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
Think Angst is helpful for kids and teens
“LIKE is truly an incredible film depicting the unsettling reality of technology addiction within teenagers. The filmmakers do a wonderful job bringing in different viewpoints, stories, and scientific data emphasizing the need to feel connected to others through a phone screen. I absolutely recommend LIKE to every student, parent, or educator as we battle this era of technology overconsumption- 10/10!”
Jenna Fondren, Safe School Institute Manager, Crime Stoppers of Houston
Think LIKE would be helpful for parents and adults
“It was the first few moments of the film that stayed with me. Kids have more power than ever now – the power that is all the more potent with immediacy. Our focus needs to be on teaching kids how to slow down and reflect on their choices. I think we need to make decision-making a more concrete part of our character education pieces; this film really put that into the spotlight for me.”
Shayla M., Vice Principal
Intend to practice some of the tools & tips from the film