Paul Whalley reports on a new film that helps us understand the long-lasting effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
I attended the British premiere of the film Resilience: the biology of stress and the science of hope in London’s West End. I want to share what it was about, how it presented some important science and explain why professionals need to know about it.
The film is a documentary highlighting ground-breaking research about the impact of ACEs on children throughout their whole lives. ACEs are traumatic situations and events in a child’s life which can have long-term negative effects on their health and well-being. As well as all forms of abuse and neglect, ACEs include experiences such as parental substance misuse, parental mental health problems or having a parent or carer in prison. The film beautifully crafts together statistics and first-hand testimony.