In order to raise awareness for mental health in the North Shore, nearly 50 students and teachers combined will Chalk the Walk on May 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Fusion Academy Evanston. The event will follow a screening of “Angst” at the school, in partnership with the Yellowbrick Consultation and Treatment Center.

Chalk the Walk celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month, and was inspired by students in grades 6-12 at Fusion Academy Evanston. The students will chalk tips on coping with anxiety in a healthy way, statistics to educate the public on mental health and images to encourage empowerment.

“Angst” aims to educate viewers on anxiety and its sociological effects, coping mechanisms and resources from mental health experts.

“Raised in the North Shore myself, I’m all too familiar with the extreme pressure to succeed—and it’s only increasing. That’s one of the reasons anxiety is a growing epidemic, and it’s important we come together as a community to discuss what we can do to support the students it affects,” said Loni Itah, Director of Admissions and Outreach for Fusion Academy Evanston. “We’re thrilled our students want to raise awareness through Chalk the Walk.”

Local teens will also be encouraged to share their experiences at both events. Many Fusion students have found speaking out about their anxiety has helped them to cope and get connected to the resources they need.