The Z-Cares Foundation will host a two-day event, March 6-7, at CrossWinds Church in Livermore, focusing on youth anxiety.
The first day will include a screening of the documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” at 6:30 p.m. The film features an interview with Olympic swimmer and mental health advocate Michael Phelps, as well as teens and parents who share personal stories about the impact of anxiety on their own lives.
Day 2, starting at 9 a.m., will include a keynote address by psychologist Mark Reinecke, clinical director for Child Mind Institute in San Francisco, as well as breakout sessions for teens, young adults and adults. In addition, mental health providers will be available to answer questions and help families navigate difficult times.
Z-Cares Foundation was established in memory of Zachary Nimmo, a 14-year-old student at Amador Valley High School, who took his own life in 2018. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., but there is hope because the condition is highly treatable. Z-Cares Foundation is committed to jumpstarting the conversation about anxiety.
A panel discussion with Karin Gornick, the producer of Angst, Nimmo family members, and local teens and mental health experts will follow the film on the first day.
The conference, “Step Forward - Navigating Youth Anxiety,” is free, with more than 800 teens and tweens, parents, mental health professionals and community members expected to attend.