The RSU 20 Afterschool Program, Girl Scout Troop 2908 and Broadreach Family & Community Services are teaming up to screen the award-winning documentary film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope” (2016, USA).

The screening and discussion will take place Tuesday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Searsport High School/Middle School Cafetorium, 24 Mortland Road, with a light meal and childcare provided.

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. As a result, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), 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” 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. Local 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 stressful times.

For more information, email or visit the Midcoast Resilience Project’s Facebook page.

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