Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

Early childhood experiences have lasting, measurable consequences later in life; therefore, fostering emotional well-being from the earliest stages of life helps build a foundation for overall health and well-being.

Results of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies show that traumatic events and experiences that occur early in life have an impact on the health and social-emotional well-being throughout the lifespan. Examples of traumatic events include physical and sexual abuse, neglect, loss of a parent/caregiver due to death, abandonment, incarceration or divorce, and exposure to violence and substance use. To reduce the impact of traumatic events and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and increase mental wellness, we need to:

  • Increase our understanding and awareness of trauma and ACEs
  • Provide trauma-informed care and services
  • Increase parent/guardian/family support and education
  • Invest in prevention and resiliency practices and programs
  • Develop nurturing, resilient and trauma-informed communities

This workshop will look in depth at what we need to do to reduce the impact of traumatic events and ACEs in order to increase mental wellness.