"Resilience" screenings scheduled in Searsmont and Belfast

By Broadreach Family & Community Services | Oct 13, 2017
Photo by: KPJR Films

The 4th and 5th scheduled events to view and discuss the award-winning documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress; The Science of Hope will take place at the Searsmont Community Building on October 26 from 7 pm to 9 pm and the Belfast Free Library on November 2 from 6 pm to 8 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.

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”).             These events are coordinated by the Midcoast Resilience Project, a collaboration of Broadreach Family & Community Services and Waldo County Building Communities for Children coalition. FMI – email resilience@brmaine.org or on Facebook at Midcoast Resilience Project.


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