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?
Watch this short video about childhood adversity and its impact, by Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris, a doctor and resilience activist.
Make a Difference!
The presence of a caring adult in a child’s life can reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences.
Is there a child you know who you see needing support? Be there for a child in need. Volunteer. Mentor. Listen. Love.
Support for Hope & Healing
Talk with friends, family and members of your community about your experiences of both adversity and resilience.
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:
The single most important thing that we need today is the courage to look this problem in the face and say, this is real and this is all of us.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris