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DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Zach Perry – Using Mobile Technology to Combat Anxiety

Driving Question: How can mobile technology combat anxiety?Zach Perry films Phillipe Sandel for his senior project

Why I selected the project: Mental health care is often inaccessible to those who need it, so I wanted to explore ways to make therapeutic practices more accessible and universal

Description of the research/conclusion and the product: Mobile technology can provide resources to guide an individual suffering from anxiety through practices of meditative therapy and interactive treatment experiments. In the near future, users might pull out their smartphone instead of going to see their local therapist or physician. Alternatively, instead of creating a mobile app for my product, I wanted to show the reality and struggles of living with anxiety in a short film.

My product of the short film has had some impact and has been well received so far.  So far, it has about 1,500 views on YouTube, which is incredibly meaningful that I could have my work shown to that many people. I’ve received messages from people all over the world, whom I’ve never met, thanking me for my video and saying that I’ve been able to help them express the words that they never could. It’s won an award at the Southeast Psych Film Festival in Charlotte. It’s also being played before every showing of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the State Cinema this weekend. I’m very content with the impact I’ve had on people from this and I hope the message keeps growing.

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About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

One comment

  1. Lila G Kuehnert

    zachary(Zach) perry a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and Christian Day School drew my attention here by his approach of helping others with anxiety! Brilliant young man!

    His article on Anxiety drew me to this media

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