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SEL4SC Presents Statewide Screenings of
Screenagers Next Chapter and Under the Influence

Right now, record numbers of young people are dealing with unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and other mental health issues that can lead to negative — and often tragic — outcomes if not properly addressed.

With that in mind, the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for South Carolina (SEL4SC) is hosting multiple public and private screenings of the documentary films Screenagers Next Chapter and Screenagers Under the Influence.

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience — a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. The Screenagers: Under the Influence documentary addresses vaping, drugs in the digital age and examines how technology shapes substance use by teenagers.

“These films are invaluable tools in helping parents and children have meaningful discussions about crucial mental and emotional health issues,” says Wendy Methvin, executive director of SEL4SC. “We are honored to have an opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of families across South Carolina with this series.”

Each screening is open to the public and followed by a Q&A session featuring parenting experts and education professionals. We also present attendees with crucial information about resources and support groups related to the topics presented in each film. These events are made possible through the generosity of our donors and sponsors.

Facts discussed in the films include:

• Since 2011, there has been a 59% increase in teens reporting depressive symptoms.
• Scientific data shows that 2+ hours a day on social media correlates with a higher chance of having unhappy feelings.
• Teens say their main way of coping with stress is to turn to a screen—this is concerning for many reasons and we need to ensure they have other coping skills.
• 90% of smokers start before 18.
• Flavors and high nicotine concentrations are banned in most countries, but not the US.
• One vape pen has as much nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes.
• Higher THC concentrations are linked to an increased risk of frequent use and brain changes.
• When teens suppress emotions, research shows it negatively impacts their school work and other cognitive tasks.
• Just like toddlers’ brains are primed to learn languages, teenage brains are primed for learning skills to navigate complicated emotions.
• A recent study shows that when parents jump in, their stress goes down but their kids’ stress goes up.

Parents, students, educators, PTAs, religious organizations, medical practices, and workplace groups in South Carolina can book their own screenings of Screenagers Next Chapter and Under the Influence by contacting Wendy Methvin, Executive Director of SEL4SC at wmethvin@sel4sc.org.

2023 Screening Schedule

• July 25: The SCEA – Next Chapter (Private Screening)
• August 21: Mount Pleasant Police Department – Under the Influence (Private Screening)
• September 21 @ 6 p.m.: Camp Road Middle School – Under the Influence
• October 17 @ 6:30 p.m.: West Ashley High School – Under the Influence
• October 23 @ 6 p.m.: Lucy Beckham High School – Under the Influence
• October 25 @ 6:30 p.m.: Seacoast Church Mount Pleasant – Next Chapter
• November 2 @ 6 p.m.: Hammond School (Columbia) – Next Chapter

2024 Screening Schedule

• January 8: Rock Hill Schools – Next Chapter (Private Screening) 
• January 29 @ 6 p.m.: Lucy Beckham High School – Under the Influence
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February 26 @ 6 p.m.: The Terrace Theater – Under the Influence (Private Screening)
• March 25 @ 6 p.m.: Philip Simmons High School – Under the Influence
• April 8 @ 6 p.m.: James Island High School – Under the Influence
• April 16 @ 6 p.m.: Hammond School (Columbia) – Under the Influence
• July 17 @ 10 a.m.: Charleston County School of the Arts Middle & High School – Under the Influence
• July 26 @ 10 a.m.: Charleston County School of the Arts Middle & High School – Under the Influence
• October TBD: Baptist Hill Middle High School – Under the Influence

Please check back for updates.

Screenagers Series Panelists

We would like to thank our expert panelists for their contributions to our Screenagers initiative.

Heather Anderson, M.Ed., M.A.Ed. 

SEL/Wellness School Counselor 
Camp Road Middle School

Jacquie Atkins, MS, LPC

Mental Health Counselor
Anchors of Hope Counseling Center

Linda Ballinger

Prevention and Intervention Coordinator
Charleston County School District

Martha Camile Banks, LPC-A
Mental Health Counselor
The Counseling Center at Seacoast 

Jessica Bauer, M.D.
Pediatric Resident Physician
MUSC 

Susan Bowman, Ed.S., LPC
Author, Co-founder of YouthLight
Founder, Youth Hope Foundation

Caroline Conroy, M.D.
Pediatric Resident Physician
MUSC

Kubby Culbreth
Life Coach
Wide Awake Life Coaching

Ana Daniels, LMSW, CSWA
Ana Daniels Coaching

Christine Donavan
PCI Certified Parent Coach® 

Brittainy Erby, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
MUSC

Dr. Bryan Fox, MEd, FCSP
Behavioral Health Program Manager 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina

Neil Gardner
Young Life Director
Lucy Beckham High School​

Alexus Gonzalez, M.D.
Pediatric Resident Physician
MUSC

Kathleen Head, M.D., MS, MPH
BCCW Assoc. Med. Director
MUSC

Aubrey Hoffman, LPC-A
Mental Health Counselor
The Counseling Center at Seacoast 

Riley Plenge
School Social Worker
Lucy Beckham High School

Josh Ray
Mount Pleasant Student Pastor
Seacoast Church

Dr. Jim Rex
Retired University President
Former SC Superintendent of Education

Rachel Cole Shefelton, M.Ed., N.C.C.
Director of Counseling & Upper School Counselor
Hammond School

Seth Shelby
Healthy Schools and Communities Program Manager
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Nanci Steadman Shipman
Executive Director
WakeUp Carolina

Aubrey Sowell, MD, MSW
Psychiatrist
Columbia VA Health Center

Dean Stephens
Former News Anchor
Director of Development, WakeUp Carolina Berkeley County

Breanne Stevens, MS, LPC
Mental Health Counselor
Anchors of Hope Counseling Center

Lorilei Swanson, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC
Upstate Family Engagement Liaison and Project Lead
Carolina Family Engagement Center

Kate Wade, M.Ed. Educational Psychology
Co-Founder & Coach
The Goalden System

Screenagers Series Community Partners

We would like to thank our community partners for connecting our Screenagers series attendees with crucial information and resources.