Sayville Middle School will host a special screening of the critically acclaimed documentary film “Angst” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, inside the school’s auditorium.

The 56-minute documentary is designed to raise awareness around anxiety, helping people to identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety disorders and encouraging them to reach out for help. It includes candid interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts and parents.

The school district is “committed to providing our students, staff, parents and community members with the tools to address this national concern,” reads a flyer promoting the event.

Parents and the community are invited to screen “Angst,” which is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Click here to view a trailer for the movie.

An IndieFlix original film, “Angst” includes an interview with swimmer Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time.

“The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me,” Phelps said. “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,” added the 23-time Olympic gold medalist.

The documentary also provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition. The children featured in the documentary reveal the impact anxiety has on their lives and relationships – as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.

“Everybody needs to know that anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable, instead of viewing them as a personal choice or something to be ashamed of,” said Dr. Jerry Bubrick, senior director of Anxiety Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute. “Getting help early is crucial in giving people the tools they need to feel better. We just need to start the conversation.” 

Did You Know?

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders, the ADAA also reported.
  • Globally, anxiety is the most prevalent mental health or neurodevelopmental disorder, according to the University of Oxford’s “Our World in Data” report.
“Angst” screens in schools and communities across the globe.