Hope Montezuma, a local youth support group, will host two free films and a discussion at the Dolores Community Center.
On March 6 at 6:30 p.m. the film “Angst” will be shown to raise awareness about anxiety. The film explores the causes of anxiety, its effects and what can be done about it.
“Angst” features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety and what they have learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts and sociological impacts of anxiety.
In the film, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps opens up about his struggles with anxiety.
On April 3 at 6:30 p.m., the film “Paper Tigers” will be featured. When a high school principal realizes that “stressed brains can’t learn” he tries a new approach to discipline that reduces fights at school and improves graduation rates.
The film follows how six students benefit from a new approach to discipline that is based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension.
Using a combination of verite and revealing diary-cam footage, “Paper Tigers” shows that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.
Hope Montezuma is a group composed of parents, school staff and community members who care about mental health of children and their families.
The organization uses partnerships and research to create a forum of open discussion on mental health and to access new models that have been found highly effective in schools around the nation.
For more information, call Peggy Pine at 970-882-7288.