Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are strongly linked to struggles with education and behavior. ACEs are events like abuse, neglect, violence, loss of a parent to death or incarceration, and trauma that happen between birth and age 18. More than two-thirds of adults in the United States report having an Adverse Childhood Experience. That’s over 1,030,000 people in Philadelphia!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Is there a child you know who you see needing support? Be there for a child in need. Volunteer. Mentor. Listen. Love.
Sharing is one way to give and get help. Taking the time to listen and to be listened to in turn can be healing.
Erica Huggins speaks in this video on sharing stories, feeling emotion and practicing mindfulness: