According to studies and the media, young people have never experienced more stress. We have developed a society and culture, where adolescents have their sights firmly set on the future – which leads to a lot of stress.
The film ‘Everything under control’ is about young people, stress and mental health. It follows a group of adolescents ages 15-20 as they participate in an 8-week course in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) at the Danish Center for Mindfulness, Aarhus University. Their teacher is Lone Fjordback, Center director and chief physician, who has practiced yoga and meditation for 30 years and is among the country’s leading mindfulness researchers.
The film explains what stress is, how to understand it, and how our brain and thoughts work. Professor of child psychiatry Daniel Siegel, author of the book ‘Brainstorm’, describes how teenage brains develop, and how practicing mindfulness can strengthen the developing brain.
As an adolescent, your brain has great potential, which is why training your mental-health is specifically beneficial during those years. It is when many changes occur, and demands are placed. Practicing being present in the ‘now’ and letting go of the need to have everything under control is healthy for the body, mind and heart.
The film is produced by Mette Bahnsen, Persona Film, and supported by the Ministry of Education. It is directed by Mette Bahnsen and Michael Staal Dinesen. Since 2001, Persona Film has produced educational, documentary and ethnographic films to museums, hospitals, schools and universities, among others.
See more films about mindfulness at: http://www.personafilm.dk/mindfulness/