WCTC to hold film screening of 'Angst' documentary designed to raise awareness of mental health
PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Tuesday, April 6, 2021) – Waukesha County Technical College will offer a special online screening of the film “Angst,” on Tuesday, April 13, through Wednesday, April 14, with a follow-up panel discussion Thursday, April 15.
The 60-minute IndieFlix Original documentary is designed to raise awareness around anxiety and explore its causes, effects and how those experiencing it can reach out for help. It includes interviews with children, teens, educators, experts and parents as well as Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. Additionally, the film provides tools and resources to help those struggling with anxiety.
Those interested in viewing the film can sign up at the following link -- Angst Online Video Screening -- to watch the video anytime during a the 48-hour window of Tuesday, April 13, through Wednesday, April 14.
A follow-up webinar, featuring panelists with a variety of expertise and experience with mental health, will share resources to promote positive action, personal revelation and social change. This is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to noon; a link to register will be provided to viewers after the film screening. Discussion panelists include members from NAMI Southeast Wisconsin, Waukesha County Department of Health & Human Services, Active Minds (WCTC student club), WCTC Counseling Services, WCTC Student Accessibility Office and LifeMatters.
Lori Feuerstein, a counselor in WCTC’s Counseling Services, says recent survey results on stress by the American Psychological Association (APA) sounded a devastating alarm on the status of mental health. Counselors and healthcare professionals are continuing to look at ways to promote awareness of the topic as well as provide necessary resources.
“We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come. As mental health professionals, we have a front row seat in this mental health crisis and have witnessed it worsening with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Feuerstein said, noting twice the number of Americans have reported experiencing a mental illness this past year compared to a typical year.
“We are committed to keeping mental health at the forefront of everyone’s minds, and the best way to do that is to talk about it,” Feuerstein said.
The film screening/discussion is sponsored by Active Minds (WCTC student club); WCTC Counseling Center; Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Compliance; and Employee Wellness.
Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The College offers more than 150 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit www.wctc.edu.