CLARK, NJ - The Clark Public Schools will hold a screening of an original film called Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety on Thursday, March 12, at Arthur L. Johnson High School.   According to school officials, the film features interviews with kids and teens about their experiences with anxiety, how it affects their lives and what hope and solutions they have found.

The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and US Olympian swimmer.   The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me,” said Phelps. “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.”

The evening at ALJ will include a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by a question and answer session led by School Psychologists Lauren Camera and Brooke Nacht and School Counselor Ellen Zamboni.

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The event is open to parents and children attending the Clark and Garwood Public Schools.  Organizers said all children must be accompanied by an adult and the film is appropriate for ages 10 and up. To register, please contact Christine Broski at cbroski@clarkschools.org or (732) 574-9600 x3355.

The film is produced by Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick and distributed by IndieFlix, independent streaming platform.

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