Lincoln-Way Central Hosts Documentary Screening
Monday, October 29, 2018

On October 24th, the Lincoln-Way Central Pupil Personnel Services Department hosted a free screening of the documentary Angst: Anxiety isn't cool but talking about it is for students and parents. Following the screening there was a question and answer session with two local mental health professionals: Joyce Kraus, LCSW, and Lauren White-Johnson, LCPC. In the week leading up to the screening school psychologist, Mrs. Lynch, and social workers, Mrs. Knick and Ms. Ringo, gave presentations on the causes and effects of anxiety, along with coping skills to students during their advisory period.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment.

“The PPS Department feels it was important to provide this screening opportunity to our parents and students in order to raise awareness around anxiety. There is a stigma associated with mental health and it is our hope that or presentations along with this film will start a dialogue with our students and families,” said Mrs. Newswander.

“It is important for parents and students to know that there are other families that are also dealing with anxiety and that there are resources available to treat and function with this diagnosis,” said Mrs. Knick.

“We found it very beneficial to present to the students on anxiety because we see it presenting in them on a daily basis,” said Mrs. Lynch.