The Biological Effects of Abuse, Neglect, and Stress During Childhood
“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” – kpjrfilms
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. A time to dedicate to getting informed about the effects trauma can have on children, and how to get involved with creating better systems of support to promote healthier childhoods.
On April 26, the National Resilience Institute will host a free film screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. The screening will be followed by a community dialogue led by a panel of experts and leaders to discuss useful tools and practical skills for trauma-informed resilience building. (Register Here)
The creators of the film saw the importance of sharing the science of “Toxic Stress” and the major findings that came out of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study using animation and compelling characters.The documentary reveals toxic stress can trigger hormones that affect the brains and bodies of children.
Why create a film about this research?
“We started making RESILIENCE to make this science digestible and relevant to everyone, and to showcase some of the brave and creative individuals who are putting that science into action.” – James Redford, Film Director
The film doesn’t end at presenting the problem. It highlights the present movement to create change in this area of public health. The National Resilience Institute is part of the movement and will continue its work to build individual and collective resilience.
Who else is involved in this movement?
The film will highlight:
- Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician in San Francisco. She is the founder/CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness.
- Alice Forrester and Laura Lawrence of The Clifford Beers Clinic, in New Haven, Connecticut.
Resilience also highlights schools and communities that are seeing results from implementing “trauma-informed” policies and practices, such as reductions in rates of students dropping out of high school.
One reason this work is so important is that it helps to combat health concerns before they arise. How? By helping to ensure children have healthy childhoods, which includes educating parents. Also, by continuing to research the causes of these diseases.
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.
Join the National Resilience Institute on April 26th for the free screening and a community dialogue led by a panel of experts and leaders to discuss useful tools and practical skills for trauma-informed resilience building. Register today https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-screening-of-resilience-the-biology-of-stress-the-science-of-hope-tickets-33351214380