Resilience: the Biology of Stress, The Science of Hope

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The Epsilon Chapter, of the Maine Organization of DKG International: Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide, invites the public to view and discuss the award-winning documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress; The Science of Hope, at the Captain Albert Stevens School in Belfast on May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  This is a reschedule of the event that was canceled in March due to a snowstorm.

 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 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.

The discussion will focus on what is happening in communities and county, what strategies exist to promote safety, stability and nurturing for children and their families, and how to 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 or connect on Facebook at Midcoast Resilience Project.

Maine Organization of DKG International website

DKG International website

Event Date: 

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm


captain albert stevens school
belfast  Maine
United States