‘Resilience’ screenings continue

Nov 15, 2017

Broadreach Family & Community Services has received grant funds from the Maine Children’s Trust to purchase a license to screen the award-winning documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” across Waldo and Knox counties through the end of May.

Upcoming film and discussion events, all 6 to 8 p.m., will be: Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Hope Elementary School; Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Camden Public Library; Tuesday, Dec. 5, at St. George Elementary School; and Wednesday, Dec. 6, on Vinalhaven.

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.

A 2012 report of information found at childheathdata.org on conditions in Maine, disclosed that 25 percent of Maine children have had two or more adverse experiences and that 43 percent of those children lived at or below the federal poverty level.

“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” uses expert interviews, striking animation and compelling characters to explore the science and the solutions. Initiatives in other states and their outcomes are shared and described.

“Resilience” chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress and greatly improve the health of future generations. The 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.

The project also is interested in hearing from professionals working with individuals and families who would like to schedule a film viewing and discussion in their workplace. For more information, visit the Midcoast Resilience Project’s Facebook page; email resilience@brmaine.org; or leave a message for Patrick Walsh at 338-2200.

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

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