Students at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School and the public will get some insight into anxiety and panic attacks with showings of the documentary film Angst next week.
The Education on Substance Misuse Committee in partnership with the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society is bringing in the film.
“Anxieties kind of bring on addiction and the misuse of drugs, so it’s a good start for educating people,” Sherry Philpott-Adhikary said.
Angst is an IndieFlix Original documentary with an aim of raising awareness around anxiety. The approximately 56-minute long film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts and parents. The documentary includes a special interview with Michel Phelps, the most decorated Olympian swimmer in history with 28 medals.
All week the film will be showed in classroom settings to students at SESS. Counsellors will be present to provide guidance to students if needed. A public showing will take place Nov. 29 in the drama room starting at 6:30 p.m.
At this week’s Keremeos council meeting it was approved that the Education on Substance Misuse Committee would receive $2,100 from the village to help pay for the cost of showing films. The committee also plans to show another documentary in the spring that deals with the impacts of too much screen time, and addiction to smartphones, laptops and being connected.
The cost to bring the films to the school for the week and to have a public viewing night is approximately $1,400 US.
Philpott-Adhikary did not vote on the motion to provide funding as she chairs the committee.
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