Parent education series to host film screening and talk with filmmaker

St. Charles Unit District 303's Parent Education Series is hosting "Let's Talk About It" with a film screening of "Screenagers Next Chapter" on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

In the documentary "Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resiliance," filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston uses a personal lens and professional eye to help flip the script on stress, anxiety, and depression.

Filmgoers follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. Dr. Ruston sets out to understand these challenges in the current screen-filled society, and how parents and schools empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

The virtual program will begin at 6 p.m. It will be in English with Spanish subtitles enabled during video screening.

A Q&A discussion with filmmaker Dr. Ruston will follow.

Ruston is a filmmaker, author and Stanford-trained physician who has spent the past 25 years creating award-winning documentaries for social change, particularly on topics concerning mental health.

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The series continues on Tuesday, Dec. 19, with "How Do I Know? A Parent's Guide to Detecting Vaping, Alcohol and Drug Use" with retired detective Rich Wistocki.

It will be offered virtually from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how vaping and weed can be the gateway to more potent drugs. Students will be given a life's lesson in addiction and how it can be fatal. Addiction resources will be given to all who attend.

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