SYNOPSIS

From the director of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age comes Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience and is about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world.

Filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston uses a personal lens and professional eye to help us all flip the script on stress, anxiety, and depression. We follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. Ruston sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we as parents and schools empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience. 

We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought-leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teen’s mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.

Some of the featured experts in the film include:

  • Daniel Pine, MD, Chief Psychiatrist, National Institute of Mental Health

  • Dan Siegel, MD, Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA

  • Drs. John and Julie Gottman, founders of The Gottman Institute 

  • Ronald E. Dahl, MD., Center on the Developing Adolescent at UC Berkeley 

  • Laura Kastner, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Wise-Minded Parenting

  • Ned Johnson, co-author of The Self-Driven Child

  • Adriana Galvan, Ph.D., Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience UCLA

  • Lynn Lyons, MSW, Author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents

 

FILMMAKER 

DELANEY RUSTON
Documentary Filmmaker & Primary Care Physician

Delaney Ruston chose her two career paths of primary care physician and documentary filmmaker for one reason: to help create positive change in people’s lives. Her experiences receiving medical care in free clinics while growing up motivated her to pursue health care. During her medicine residency, she began studying filmmaking for social impact and made her first award-winning film.

For twenty years Delaney has split her time between providing primary care and creating short and feature-length documentaries, such as Screenagers. Examples of her other films include Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia about her father and Hidden Pictures about global mental health. These films have been screened widely, aired on PBS, and were at the forefront of advocacy campaigns, including with the World Health Organization. For her work in using films to building movements, Delaney has won several awards including Harvard’s McLean National Council Recognition Award and New York’s Fountain House Advocacy Award.

Delaney trained at Stanford Medical School, followed by a medicine residency at UC San Francisco. She has practiced and taught medicine in diverse settings including faculty positions at The University of Washington School of Medicine and at The Center for Medical Humanities, Bioethics and Compassionate Care at Stony Brook School of Medicine, NY.

Ruston has conducted investigative research in diverse fields—including biophysics at NIH, bioethics, and communication at UCSF and behavioral health as a Fulbright Scholar. She has spent the past six years intensely researching the impact of screen time on youth and solutions for screen time balance.

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 TESTIMONIALS

EXPERTS IN THE FILM

RONALD E. DAHL,  MD  Dr. Dahl is the Chief Science Officer at the Center for the Developing Adolescent. is the Director of the Institute of Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley. He also runs the Adolescent Research Collaborative and is a Professor in the School of Public Health and the Joint Medical Program.

RONALD E. DAHL, MD

Dr. Dahl is the Chief Science Officer at the Center for the Developing Adolescent. is the Director of the Institute of Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley. He also runs the Adolescent Research Collaborative and is a Professor in the School of Public Health and the Joint Medical Program.


ADRIANA GALVAN,  PHD  Dr. Galván is a Professor of Psychology at UCLA whose expertise is in adolescent brain development. . She is the Director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory. The focus of her research is on characterizing the neural mechanisms underlying adolescent behavior.

ADRIANA GALVAN, PHD

Dr. Galván is a Professor of Psychology at UCLA whose expertise is in adolescent brain development. . She is the Director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory. The focus of her research is on characterizing the neural mechanisms underlying adolescent behavior.

LAURA KASTNER,  PHD  Dr. Kastner is a clinical professor in the Psychology Department and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She has authored numerous academic articles in the fields of child, adolescent and pediatric psychology. She has also co-authored five books about families, children and parenting, including  Wise Minded Parenting.

LAURA KASTNER, PHD

Dr. Kastner is a clinical professor in the Psychology Department and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She has authored numerous academic articles in the fields of child, adolescent and pediatric psychology. She has also co-authored five books about families, children and parenting, including Wise Minded Parenting.


DAN SIEGEL,  MD  Dr. Siegel is a mindfulness expert and clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is also the co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA and author of  Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation .

DAN SIEGEL, MD

Dr. Siegel is a mindfulness expert and clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is also the co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA and author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation.

NED JOHNSON   Johnson is the co-author of  The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.  He believes giving children the ability to feel in control is enormously beneficial to their performance. He is also the founder of PREPMATTERS, a tutoring and test preparation service.

NED JOHNSON

Johnson is the co-author of The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. He believes giving children the ability to feel in control is enormously beneficial to their performance. He is also the founder of PREPMATTERS, a tutoring and test preparation service.


LESIE WALKER-HARDING,  MD  Dr. Walker-Harding is the Chair of the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. She is also Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Department of Pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

LESIE WALKER-HARDING, MD

Dr. Walker-Harding is the Chair of the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. She is also Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Department of Pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital.


DANIEL PINE,  MD  Dr. Pine is the Chief Research Psychiatrist of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is an expert in mood, anxiety and behavioral disorders in children a He is currently leading research examining the degree to which mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents are associated with underlying abnormalities in the amygdala, prefrontal cortex and associated brain regions.

DANIEL PINE, MD

Dr. Pine is the Chief Research Psychiatrist of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is an expert in mood, anxiety and behavioral disorders in children a He is currently leading research examining the degree to which mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents are associated with underlying abnormalities in the amygdala, prefrontal cortex and associated brain regions.


JOHN & JULIE GOTTMAN,  MD  The Gottmans founded the Gottman Institute in Seattle, where for 40 years they have conducted research on relationships, trained mental health professionals and help couples and families repair broken relationships.

JOHN & JULIE GOTTMAN, MD

The Gottmans founded the Gottman Institute in Seattle, where for 40 years they have conducted research on relationships, trained mental health professionals and help couples and families repair broken relationships.

 
JAMES GROSS,  PHD  Dr. Gross is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. He is also Director of the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, a research and teaching laboratory that uses behavioral, autonomic and brain imaging methods to focus on the measurement and analysis of emotion and emotion regulation.

JAMES GROSS, PHD

Dr. Gross is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. He is also Director of the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, a research and teaching laboratory that uses behavioral, autonomic and brain imaging methods to focus on the measurement and analysis of emotion and emotion regulation.

VICKY RIDEOUT   Rdeout is a world-renowned expert on children and the media. She is the founder of VJR Consulting, a group that conducts high-quality research on youth, families and media for universities, advocacy groups and media companies.

VICKY RIDEOUT

Rdeout is a world-renowned expert on children and the media. She is the founder of VJR Consulting, a group that conducts high-quality research on youth, families and media for universities, advocacy groups and media companies.


HAROLD S. KOPLEWICZ,  MD  Dr. Koplewicz is Co-Founder and Medical Director of the Child Mind Institute. He is also one of the country’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists and a recognized advocate for children’s mental health.

HAROLD S. KOPLEWICZ, MD

Dr. Koplewicz is Co-Founder and Medical Director of the Child Mind Institute. He is also one of the country’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists and a recognized advocate for children’s mental health.

LYNN LYONS   Lyons is a psychotherapist specializing in anxiety, especially in children and families. She describes herself as a HOW therapist, one that teaches her clients how to manage their anxiety by changing their behavior. She is also a sought-after speaker and author of several books, including  Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents.

LYNN LYONS

Lyons is a psychotherapist specializing in anxiety, especially in children and families. She describes herself as a HOW therapist, one that teaches her clients how to manage their anxiety by changing their behavior. She is also a sought-after speaker and author of several books, including Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents.


 
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