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Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, left, discusses his own struggles in a film highlighting anxiety disorders.

Next week, the Half Moon Bay High School community will watch a film designed to shed light on an issue that is sometimes ignored until it’s too late. “Angst” focuses on the problem of teenage anxiety disorders that experts say are prevalent across the country.

The film event is sponsored by the Half Moon Bay High School Health and Wellness Committee. It will be shown first to students at school on Feb. 12. Then, at 6:45 p.m. that evening, the film will be reshown in the high school auditorium in an event intended for everyone on the coast. There will be a panel discussion afterward.

Committee representative Rick Southern notes in an email that 70 percent of students in San Mateo County say they have been depressed, anxious or emotionally distressed at one time or another. A 2015 civil grand jury report noted that 131 public school students in the county had been assessed for risk of suicide.

The short documentary includes an interview with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who has talked openly about his struggles with mental health.

To learn more about the movie, visit angstmovie.com.

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