The purpose of the Summit is to spark a community conversation on the power of belonging in building and strengthening positive youth development at all ages across Bartholomew County.
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.
Our 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 and corresponding materials provide tools, resources and above all, hope.
After the documentary, we will have a panel discussion, moderated by Judge Heather Mollo.
Dr. Matthew C. Aalsma - Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Aalsma is a pediatric psychologist at the Indiana University School of Medicine and focuses his research with vulnerable populations, including youth in the mental health and juvenile justice systems. His current research agenda includes exploring system-wide and individual efforts to improve the utilization of mental and physical health care for children and adolescents. He has been involved in research and public efforts to improve the health of children, adolescents and adults through public health care collaboration and transformation in the public sector, including criminal justice, mental health, and public policy. He is a member of the Medicaid Medical Advisory Council (organization that informs policy decisions for Indiana Medicaid) and involved in several efforts to improve the care of youth including state and community collaborations to develop screening and diversion programming for mentally ill offenders. He conducts extensive training with law enforcement around the state on how to interact and deescalate contacts with children and adolescents.
Dr. Jennifer Wright-Berryman - Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati
Dr. Jennifer Wright-Berryman is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati. Jennifer is a mental health and suicide researcher and has over eighteen years of experience in both interpersonal clinical and community-based practice. Currently, Jennifer works with states around the country to implement school-based suicide (elementary through college/university) prevention programs called Hope Squads. As the national lead researcher for the Hope Squad program, Jennifer evaluates program outcomes and designs research to test the program's effectiveness in a variety of settings. Jennifer consults with all levels of schools and a number of different organizations in areas of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention, and gives talks, lectures, workshops, and training around the country. Additionally, Jennifer is the chair of the University of Cincinnati Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Task Force and is a member of the Ohio State Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Group through the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.
Kelli Hoeflinger - Director of School Counseling at Hauser Junior-Senior High School
Kelli is the school counseling director at Hauser Jr/Sr High School. This is Kelli's 15th year as a school counselor. She does social, emotional, academic and career counseling for 7th-12th graders in an individual, classroom, group counseling, and experiential education settings. Kelli is a Developmental Assets facilitator, QPR suicide prevention trainer, and nationally certified peer program facilitator. She serves on the board of directors for Damou Christian Mission in Jacmel, Haiti. Kelli has coached cross country and track for many years and raises sheep in Bartholomew county with her husband, Tim, and two children, Layne and Drew.
Andy Taube - Counselor at Columbus East High School
Andy Taube has been the 9th Grade School Counselor at Columbus East High School since 2014. Prior to working at Columbus East, Andy was an Elementary School Counselor in Milwaukee, WI where he taught social and emotional skills to children ages 5-12. Andy earned a master's degree in counseling at Marquette University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Dayton. Andy began practicing yoga in 2003 and is a Certified Yoga Teacher at Uptown Yoga in Columbus. Andy offers a free yoga program to his students at Columbus East, and he is passionate about utilizing yoga and deep-breathing techniques to cope with anxiety and to manage stress.
In addition to the documentary and panel discussion, there will be community partner resource tables highlighting mental health resources for you and those you care for.
Community Partner Tables:
Division of Mental Health and Addiction Indiana
Family Service, Inc.
Healthy Communities (Mental Health)
Turning Point Domestic Violent Services
St. Peter’s Hope Squad
Here is a Guidance for Families Considering Bringing Their Children to See Angst that has information that will help you to decide whether to bring along your middle or high school student to the Angst showing. If you think your child is experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or panic attacks, this film may be especially helpful for them to see as it provides an understanding of why anxiety happens in our bodies and shows there is help and hope for treating symptoms.