The Midcoast Resilience Project continues to host free documentary screening and discussion programs for the Midcoast community. The film screened is “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope” (2016, USA).

“Resilience” is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. One of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

As experts and practitioners profiled in “Resilience” are proving, what is predictable is preventable. Physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect … and using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

Upcoming sessions, which run two hours, will be: Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m. at the Capt. Albert W. Stevens School, 31 Elementary Ave., Belfast; Tuesday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Varney Memorial Building, 24 Veterans Highway/Route 7, Brooks; Tuesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. at the Leroy H. Smith School, 319 Main St./Route 1, Winterport; and Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at Lincolnville Central School, 523 Hope Road/Route 235, Lincolnville Center.

For more information, visit the Midcoast Resilience Project’s Facebook page; call Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 at 338-2200; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or