Ulliance Shines the Light on Anxiety with Must-See Documentary, “ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY”

Press Release from Ulliance, Inc.

Ulliance Shines the Light on Anxiety with
Must-See Documentary,






Wednesday, April 17 at Madonna University

  March 27, 2019 – Ulliance Inc. a Troy, Mich.-based human resource services provider is proud to sponsor the documentary film called Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety .  The film will be hosted at Madonna University, in Livonia, Mich., on Wednesday,
Get FREE Tickets April 17, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  

“When we learned about the opportunity to provide the screening of the documentary film Angst to the community and to be part of a movement to bring awareness to, and help eradicate, the stigma around anxiety, I couldn’t pass up the chance for Ulliance to support this great cause,” said Kent Sharkey, President and CEO of Ulliance.   “This is what we do every day for our clients’ employees and/or students—provide emotional well-being through our employee (EAP) and student assistance programs (SAP). What a great opportunity to partner with a long-time client that utilizes both our EAP and SAP services, Madonna University, to host the screening on their campus,” Sharkey added.  

IndieFlix , a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its non-profit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation , is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety .   Ulliance planned the special screening at Madonna University , as a way to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders, students, faculty, and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion led by Kent Sharkey, President and CEO of Ulliance/licensed psychotherapist with special guests Anne Lies, Director of Counseling and Disability Resources at Madonna University; and Melissa Pardales, LMSW, Ulliance Account Services Manager.  

“This powerful film shows how students really feel about anxiety.   It is a large part of daily life for persons of all ages, yet not everyone feels they can talk about it.   We are honored to host this documentary on our campus to open the conversation with students, staff, faculty, and our community about resources that can provide hope” said Christine Benson, Ph.D., Madonna University assistant vice president and dean of students.  

A fter the screening , t here will be l icensed p rofessional c ounselors available for the Madonna students , if private , one-on-one session s are needed.  

Free tickets are now available and space is limited! The screening will be held in the Franciscan Center at Madonna University, from 6-8pm, Wednesday, April 17 . Click here to reserve tickets. https://www.showclix.com/event/angst-ulliance-madonna  

The goal of producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick was to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilized the power of film to tell the stories of many children and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impact on their lives and relationships, as well as how they found solutions and hope. The film includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and phenomenal athlete. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources, and tools available to address the condition.  

“Part of the beauty of this film is the openness of the children and young adults featured; for some of them, the Angst project marks the first time they are publicly sharing their experiences with anxiety. Our hope is that their candidness and bravery inspires our community to do the same,” Sharkey said.

“The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me,” said Michael Phelps. “Many people don’t understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it. I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of Angst to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help."  

About Ulliance, Inc.

Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) is an international service company headquartered in Troy, Michigan. For nearly 30 years, Ulliance has been providing human resources services including employee assistance programs (EAP), student assistance programs (SAP), wellness programs, training programs, organizational and leadership development, coaching, career transition services, and crisis management to more than 260 organizations, serving nearly a million lives across the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Europe serving nearly one million people. Since 1990, the Ulliance team has assisted organizations of various sizes to greatly reduce behavioral healthcare costs while increasing employee productivity and retention. For more information about Ulliance, please visit www.ulliance.com or call (866) 648-8326.  

About Madonna University

Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. In addition to the beautiful main campus, conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, and online in China, Haiti and the United Arab Emirates. Michigan’s most affordable, independent, Catholic, liberal arts university, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business.





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