Being “stressed out” is part of our Beach Cities lexicon.
Sometimes, we wear it as a badge of honor, thinking it denotes productivity.
Sometimes, it does: “eustress” is the good kind of stress, which allows us to finish a challenging work project or complete an extra set of burpees.
But too much stress is hard on our bodies. This “distress” can cause physical problems like headaches, stomach problems and sleep problems. It can also lead to anxiety, a feeling of worry or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health diagnosis among adolescents in the U.S.
In November, Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) and South Bay Families Connected, alongside Redondo Beach Unified School District, Hermosa Beach City School District and Manhattan Beach Unified School District, will screen the documentary “Angst” – a conversation about anxiety and normalizing this common struggle – part of the Families Connected Speaker Series.
The screening will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Mira Costa High School Auditorium from 6:30- 8 p.m. Register at southbayfamiliesconnected.org.
Licensed clinicians specializing in anxiety and depression will also be available after the screening to provide support to students and families. “Angst” is recommended for teens and adults, but may be too intense for younger viewers.
Also in November, BCHD’s Youth Advisory Council will host a Teen Mental Health Awareness Week (Nov. 13-16) at Redondo Union High School. Mindful minutes, a drum circle, yoga on the lawn, resource booths and an art contest aimed at removing stigma are also in the works. The council, which meets quarterly at BCHD to brainstorm and pitch ideas around social-emotional wellness, is a key component of the Beach Cities Partnership for Youth – a growing coalition of more than 100 local health officials, educators, parent groups, civic organizations and law enforcement working together to improve mental health and reduce substance use in the Beach Cities.
For more information and healthy parenting tips, go to bchd.org/talk.