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CYC celebrates Mental Health Awareness

June 1, 2018
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

The Lake Placid Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition, Inc. wanted to bring mental health awareness to the forefront with a community film screening event. They showed the latest IndieFlix documentary "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety."

CYC offered daytime screenings of the film, reaching 400 students from Lake Placid and Keene Central Schools. An additional 70 adults from the area attended the evening screening where high school students served as "anxiety event ambassadors" staffing the registration and giveaway table, CYC board members and mental health experts were available to offer information and resources. This event was a good lead-in to May, considered Mental Health Awareness Month.

The IndieFlix producers had one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilized the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they've found solutions and hope. The film also included a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time.

Lauren McGovern, school counselor at North Country School and CYC vice president, wanted to screen the film in this community because it showcases one of the fundamental messages about anxiety management: change is possible.

McGovern said, "Anxiety and fear can actually be helpful and shows up in pretty normal situations, like when you are making a speech or experiencing a big transition. When anxiety and fear keep people from realizing their goals, though, it's time to change that relationship."

The CYC wishes to thank Lake Placid Center for Arts for their donation of the facility for the event; Essex County Mental Health and Dr. David Miller for providing counselors on site; and Olyvia Sawyer and her crew, Taylor Belden and Veda Henault, for sharing news of the Lake Placid Middle-High School Knitting Club, a recipient of a CYC mini-grant.

The CYC is a youth development organization creating and connecting a multigenerational community promoting mental, physical and spiritual health by empowering and educating our youth to become leaders and engaged citizens.

Tina Clark

Lake Placid Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition



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