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Film Screening: Resilience: The Biology of Stress; The Science of Hope

November 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services has received grant funds from the Maine Children’s Trust to purchase a license to screen the award-winning documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress; The Science of Hope. Broadreach plans to offer viewing and discussion events across Waldo and Knox counties through the end of May 2018, including an event at the Camden Library on Tuesday, November 28th at 6:00 pm.

The movie summarizes findings from a landmark study conducted in the late 1990s. For the first time, the loss of a parent through death, divorce or incarceration and other traumatic childhood experiences such as living with an alcoholic parent or being physically, emotionally or sexually abused were conclusively linked to both physical and mental health problems later in life.

The film summary tells us that: “ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, are now understood to greatly increase risk for early onset heart disease, diabetes, addiction, and depression. Understanding that a broken-hearted child is more likely to suffer from mental and physical illnesses as an adult has professionals of all kinds asking, How can we help children before their physical and mental health problems emerge as adults?

RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE uses expert interviews, beautiful animation and compelling characters to explore the science and the solutions. Initiatives in other states and their outcomes are shared and described.

When it was controversial to even think of asking patients about taboo subjects, the ACE Study
dared to ask questions like, Were you sexually abused as a child? Did you have a parent who was an
alcoholic? The answers produced a public health revelation. For the first time, the loss of a parent
through death, divorce or incarceration and other traumatic childhood experiences such as
living with an alcoholic parent or being sexually abused was conclusively linked to both physical
and mental health problems later in life. ACE, or Acute Childhood Experiences score, are now
understood to lead to early onset heart disease diabetes, addiction and depression. Understanding
that a broken-hearted child is more likely to suffer from mental and physical illnesses
as an adult has professionals of all kinds asking, How can we help children before their physical and
mental health problems emerge as adults?
RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE uses beautiful animation and
compelling characters to explore the science and the solutions. The film follows pioneering
individuals who looked at the ACEs research and the emerging science of Toxic Stress and asked,
Why are we waiting? Each took this new information and used it in new ways.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician in San Francisco, intervenes early with her young patients
who are greater risk for diabetes and asthma as well as learning and behavior problems now.
In New Haven, Connecticut, we meet Alice Forrester and Laura Lawrence of The Clifford Beers
Clinic, which provides mental health services for children by including the entire family in their
programs. In an elementary school across town, kindergarteners recite “Miss Kendra’s List”—a
bill of rights for children—and learn ways of expressing and coping with their stress. In the great
Northwest, communities across the state of Washington brought together teachers, police officers,
social service workers and government officials to learn about the brain science of adversity.
Since implementing “trauma-informed” policies and practices, these communities have seen
drastic reductions in rates of everything from dropping out of high school to teen pregnancy,
and youth suicide domestic violence.

RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE chronicles the promising beginnings
of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat Toxic Stress, and greatly improve
the health of future generations.
Our discussion will focus on what is happening here in our communities and county, what strategies exist to promote safety, stability and nurturing for children and their families, and how we might work together to build the skills of resilience (“the ability to thrive, adapt, and cope despite and stressful times”). FMI – email resilience@brmaine.org

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Date:
November 28
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Venue

Camden Public Library
55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
Phone:
207-236-3440