In case you missed it last fall, here are two upcoming opportunities to attend free screenings of the must-see documentary film Resilience: the Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. 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. The screenings will take place on Thursday, February 1st from 6:30-8:00 pm at Holton Career and Resource Center (401 N. Driver St.) and on Thursday, February 22nd from 9:30-11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church (305 E. Main St.).
“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”
The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. Now understood to be 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. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in Resilience are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect, and they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.
Science shows the effects of ACEs do not have to be permanent. The film highlights how communities working together can build resilience in kids to overcome the impact of ACEs. Come see this highly acclaimed film to learn more about ACEs, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together, we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for Durham’s children.
Both screenings are free and open to the public and will be followed by a discussion. Snacks will be provided. Childcare is not available, so please note that this is an adults only event. Childcare providers will receive 1.5 DCDEE credits for attending. Please click here and here to learn more about the event, and click here to learn more about the film.
The screenings are hosted by the Durham Early Childhood Mental Health Task Force. To download a shareable flyer, please click here.