ANGST – Anxiety, Truth & Hope

Birmingham First is sparking local conversation about anxiety through a screening of a brand-new documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”.

On Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m., Birmingham First Church will hold a special screening of the documentary to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion, with local mental health experts.

The goal of this screening and panel discussion is to start a local conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, the documentary utilizes the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.

Admission is free and appropriate for middle school students, high school students and adults.

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Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan

Dr. Vanessa Brown, Staff Psychologist


– Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, PsyD, 2013
– Specialist degree in Humanistic Psychology, PsyS, 2011
– Masters degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology, MA, 2009


– State of Michigan Licensed Psychologist (LP)

Panel Moderator Dr. Rita Valade, Staff Social Worker


– Licensed Clinical Social Worker: State of Michigan
– B.A. in Psychology and Sociology: University of Michigan
– S.W. from Catholic University, Washington, DC; concentration in Mental Health
– M.A. in Systematic Theology from Washington Theological Union
– Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Louisville

Terri Morr-Jones, Staff Therapist


– Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
– Purdue University, B.S., Environmental Design
– Christian Theological Seminary, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy

Mark Phelps, Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center


– Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; Michigan State University, 1973
– Counseling Master of Arts; Oakland University, 1993
– Licensed Professional Counselor; State of Michigan, 1994

Mark Phelps, Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center


– M.A.- Marriage and Family Therapy, Amridge University
– LMFT – State of Michigan