Hatfield Public Schools and HEADS UP to Screen "Angst" ; a Powerful Documentary to Spark Conversation About Teens and Anxiety

Dear Hatfield School Community,

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019 the Hatfield Public Schools and HEADS UP are hosting a screening of the documentary Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. The film features a special interview with the world-renowned athlete and mental health advocate Michael Phelps as well as teens and parents sharing deeply personal stories about the impact of anxiety on their own lives and tips and advice from prominent experts. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenges in the U.S., but there is hope because the condition is highly treatable. The showing of the film will be followed by an informative panel discussion including noted local mental health experts. 

The event is free and open to the public and the goal is to discuss how to begin breaking the stigma of anxiety, to empower parents to recognize the warning signs, for teens seeking the help they need and for teachers to understand how to support their students. Students 10 years of age and older, parents, guardians, and community members are invited to attend. 

The panelists include:

  • Jacquelynne Chase, PH.D,   Smith Academy Class of 2010 and Assistant Professor of Education at Westfield State University

  • Heidi Haas - LICSW

  • Alexa Mignano M.S, LICSW –Child Therapist and Program Manager for School-Based Mental Health, River Valley Counseling Services 

  • Maya Staples - Smith Academy Class of 2017 and author of “The Letters We Never Sent” 

  • Jenifer Urff – Director of Knowledge Dissemination and Technical Assistance, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health 

The event will take place at the Hatfield Elementary School. The screening begins promptly at 6 pm with the panel discussion following at 7 pm. 

To arrange childcare please call, Riley at (413) 247-5641 by 2 pm on September 20, 2019



John F. Robert