The documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope was shown to community members at High Plains Technology Center on Monday. The one hour video focused on the impact of trauma on children’s health and ways to help them and their families become resilient.
After the film, a panel of local community leaders answered questions about how this research can be applied in the community.
“This film is about the impact of trauma on development on your health and well being throughout life,” said Raquel Razien, Regional Program Director of United Methodist Circle of Care. “Particularly kids who experience traumatic events at young ages, how that’s going to impact them for the rest of their lives? And what we as a community can do to try to lessen the impacts.”
The theme of the documentary is, “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” The video explains how toxic stress causes greater risk for disease, disorders, social difficulties and even early death.
A highlight of the film was Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. She is a pediatrician and founder of Center for Youth Wellness. Burke Harris says, “There is hard science behind adversity and trauma that gives us new hope in breaking the cycle of childhood adversity and its physical manifestations that too often get handed down from generation to generation.”
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