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Upcoming “Angst” screenings raise anxiety awareness

February 22, 2018

Upcoming film screenings at several area Catholic schools will feature conversations about identifying anxiety and seeking support.

The documentary Angst will be shown at Catholic Central High School, West Catholic High School, and Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School, and panel discussions will accompany most of the screenings.

According to the movie’s website, Angst “specifically aims to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help.”

Screenings will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday, February 27
    10:15 a.m. with panel discussion
    Catholic Central High School (319 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Saturday, March 2
    1 p.m. with panel discussion
    West Catholic High School (1801 Bristol NW, Grand Rapids)
  • Sunday, March 17
    1 p.m. with panel discussion
    Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School (1429 Wilcox Park Dr. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Tuesday, March 19
    6 p.m.
    Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School (1429 Wilcox Park Dr. SE, Grand Rapids)

The different panelists represent various perspectives. At Catholic Central, the panel will include Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, the director of the Franciscan Life Process Center and a therapist with 30 years of experience; psychologist Valencia Agnew, founder and owner of Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Services; Ben Balke, a recent Catholic Central graduate who is a counseling intern at Lifeologie, a private practice in Ada; and Joel Passinault, a member of the Catholic Central guidance counseling team and a CC alum and parent.

At West Catholic, panelists will include representatives from Lifeologie, a school counselor, and co-chaplain Rev. Daniel Schumaker.

Panelists at the Saint Thomas screening on March 17 will include Rev. Jim Chelich, pastor of Saint Thomas the Apostle parish, who has maintained an active teaching ministry in his 40+ years of pastoral service; Jim Sloan, whose educational career includes experience as a guidance counselor and director; and Missy Meighan, director of educational support services at Saint Thomas the Apostle.

Filmmakers describe the 55-minute documentary as suitable for ages 10 and up.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,550 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.