Anxiety torments youth

Chantelle Deacon

Millions of people battle anxiety, and a large portion of them are youth and young adults.

A local businesswoman has watched her Grade 6 daughter battle anxiety for years, so she's helped bring a film called Angst to the Vernon Town Cinema.

"I had a signal from the universe and I knew I have to bring this here," said Lisa Gallie, owner of Big Sun Beachwear and Tanning. "That's my job in my community, it's something I can give back for people to see it's not weird, everyone has anxiety in different ways.

"When kids are affected in a way that they can't manage we do have help right here in our community that is life-changing."

Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what people suffering from anxiety can do for help.

Ann Case says the film has the ability to change lives.

"It's real kids being really open and honest about what they're going through," Case said. "After I watched it, I thought to myself, they should show that in all the high schools."

If you think your child might suffer from anxiety, Case who is a counsellor with North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society says counsellors are available at every school throughout Vernon.

There will be a short Q & A following the movie and healthcare professionals will be available to provide more information.

The film hits the screen at the Vernon Towne Cinema on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at Angstmovie.com or in person at Big Sun Beachwear and Tanning.

Case says that there are a lot of local rescouces available for teens navigating the struggle with anxiety.



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