40 million Americans suffer from anxiety. That's roughly 18% of the population, and it's becoming a national crisis for our children, with 70% of teens reporting that anxiety and depression are a MAJOR problem.

studio BE CEO Jennifer Ciarimboli writes:

My first anxiety attack happened in February of 2009. Shortly after that first episode I quickly spiraled into an anxiety disorder which at its worst was completely debilitating and at its best left me just getting by. I wish I could say that I am completely free of anxiety. I'm not, but it doesn't control me anymore and I don't live in fear of it happening. Through my daily practices, the support of community and staying open and curious about how life is unfolding, I've learned so much. Most importantly, I've learned that I'm NOT alone — and neither are you.

In an effort to de-stigmatize and encourage honest conversations surrounding mental health, we here at studio BE have been working with our friends at the F.M. Kirby Center on this amazing and FREE community event. Please join us for a FREE screening of the documentary film Angst and listen to regional and national experts speaking about the epidemic of anxiety — including our very own Christine Kiesinger, Ph.D., Dr. Tiffany Griffiths & Suzanne Jones.

studio BE Vice President and Lead Mindfulness Teacher Dr. Kiesinger writes:

Let's talk about it openly, candidly and without hesitation...I came to meditation thirty years ago in response to crippling panic attacks. Brought to my knees, my remedy fell out of the pages of a book I was reading at the time in the form of a small, yellowed pamphlet about meditation that someone shared with me many years prior. My hands shook as I held this tattered gem in my hands and took quite seriously, its instructions. This moment was a critical one in my journey. Teaching mindfulness meditation is some of the most important work I do. That said, I am proud to be part of the team at studio BE — a company dedicated to sharing mindfulness practices and mindfulness inspired professional development trainings in organizational cultures. Come join me and the team in January for a viewing of the film, Angst. This documentary is designed to raise awareness about anxiety and its impact and to free us from the silence, secrecy and shame that often accompanies those who struggle.

Details about the evening:

studio BE will present a screening of the documentary film Angst at the F.M. Kirby Center on Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are free and are available through The Sundance Vacations Box Office at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to the film, the evening will feature speaker Dr. Tiffany Griffiths, an in-person reading by Suzanne Jones, founder of the Trauma Informed Mind Body Collective (TIMBo), and a guided meditation by studio BE’s Dr. Christine Kiesinger.

Angst is an IndieFlix Original, documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps.

The film’s goal specifically is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. Angst screens in schools, communities and theaters around the world. The film provides tools, resources and above all, hope.

studio BE is a global company that specializes in corporate mindfulness training. We offer on-site, virtual, and e-learning options, including customized learning opportunities designed to suit a company’s particular needs. Leveraging technology for good, we allow our passions for service, radical belonging, and kindness to permeate all we do.

studio BE’s mission includes giving back to the communities we serve through sustainable programming, improving emotional and mental wellbeing. Visit our website at meetyourcenter.com.