Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope - documentary/discussion

Belfast Free Library
106 High Street, Belfast, ME
Patrick Walsh
Nov 02, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 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?