With so much research showing the mental health hazards of screen overuse, and the clear and present danger and downside of teenagers spending countless hours on social media, any new innovative initiatives are very welcome. So step forward The Summit Counseling Center, which with the help of physician and movie maker, Dr. Delaney Ruston, is highlighting this modern mental health dilemma, and bringing it to the attention of the general public in a very unique way.
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Together, Dr Ruston and The Summit Counseling Center, are making use of a brilliant original film: “to educate the public on mental health challenges that are caused by screen technology. A free community screening of Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, will focus on modern mental health struggles and offer solutions for families and teenagers affected by screen technology”. And as millions of teenagers and their families are affected, this pioneering project is likely to have a very informative and positive impact.
Acting as a sequel to SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age, the award-winning film produced by Dr. Ruston in 2016, hopes are high for the same success with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER. The former also exposed the highly detrimental effect that screen technology is having on global mental health. It was screened in 70 different countries, and reached over 4 million people. Moreover, it is is still being shared and aired today, and: “has been featured in PBS News Hour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others”. Incredibly, this film, which started out as a personal story, has exploded on a worldwide scale.
Dr. Ruston’s latest release Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, takes the conversation about teenagers and screens, to the next level. It will hit screens this January, courtesy of The Summit Counseling Center, and there will not be any charge for entry. This incredible movie takes an up close and personal look at the science and resilience behind adolescents’ emotional challenges. Further, and very importantly: “it addresses the interplay of social media and what can be done in schools and homes to help build skills such as navigating stress, anxiety, and depression in the digital age” .
The Director of The Summit Counseling Center’s Community Outreach, Cathy Murphy, remarked: “We are excited to have the opportunity to present this film to our community. Next Chapter focuses on the challenges our youth are facing today and provides tools to help promote stress resilience, emotional agility, and healthy screen habits.