RARITAN TWP., NJ – A film about helping young people thrive in today’s screen and stress-filled world will be shown at J. P. Case Middle School on Oct. 7.

“Screenagers The Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” is personal for filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston. In the film, Ruston  finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing.

Ruston sets out to uncover how to understand these challenges in the current screen-filled society, and how parents and schools can empower teens with skills to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy and stress resilience.

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Ruston finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. The film also explores other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges, offering hope to viewers.

The film also explores approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought-leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among young people.

The film is intended for adults and youth starting from age 10 and up. The documentary is about creating events where people come together, watch the film, discuss the takeaways and make plans for moving forward to further its impact. Seating is open to all, but is not appropriate for younger children.   

Some of the featured experts in the film include:

  • Dr. Daniel Pine, chief psychiatrist, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Dr. Dan Siegel, director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA
  • Drs. John and Julie Gottman, founders of the Gottman Institute
  • Dr. Laura Kastner, psychologist, and author of Wise-Minded Parenting
  • Ned Johnson, co-author of The Self-Driven Child
  • Dr. Adriana Galvan, Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience UCLA

The film will be shown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the school on Case Boulevard.