On Monday, organizers with Elevate Montana, a children and family wellness group, hosted a screening of the documentary “Resilience” at the Helena Middle School auditorium.
The film looks at the effects of what researchers have deemed Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) which are events during childhood like mental and physical abuse or having an incarcerated parent.
According to Elevate Montana coordinator Tina Eblen, the more ACEs that children have during their childhood, the more likely they are to develop health problems later in life like high blood pressure or heart disease.
Eblen said they hope that raising awareness through education and films like this will create a better, more compassionate Helena.
"We can all benefit from being more compassionate, kinder people. We can make a change for our future. We can understand that Adverse Childhood Experiences impact our children and we can prevent those from happening," Eblen said.
“While Adverse Childhood Experiences can impact the life of a child,” the group said, “a loving, caring, healthy relationship can offset the damage caused by ACEs.”
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