A Message From Mrs. Kari Boyd, School Counselor

You may have read the recent article in the New York Times, Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?. It addresses the concern of rising anxiety in young people from a variety of perspectives. As we learn more and more about anxiety and its rising impact on youth, I wanted to share this resource with you. Please join me and one of my school counselor colleagues at Villa Academy on Tuesday November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Rainbow Theater for a screening of the documentary Angst: Normalizing the Conversation About Anxiety for Kids and Teens.

Angst explores what anxiety is, how it impacts young people, and evaluates tools to cope. It includes interviews from youth who experience anxiety as well as experts who provide insights on the origins of anxiety and tools to manage it. As we partner with you to support the success and resilience of your students, this screening is a way to learn together and continue the important conversation about youth mental health. Angst is recommended for ages 12 and up. It features some of our local experts, like Dr. Cora Bruener and Dr. Laura Kastner. It runs about 60 minutes and is a must-see for adults that care for students who experience anxiety.

I hope you’ll join me to watch this important film – you can purchase your tickets here ($12). Screenings in the broader Seattle community are selling out quickly, so don’t miss the chance to see it at Villa Academy.