ACEs are not destiny

You can build resilience to fight the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

Addressing ACEs can help prevent lifelong physical and mental health impacts. 

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, pediatrician and former surgeon general,
is known for linking ACEs with adverse health effects.

The average calm client
reports 3 out of 10 types of ACEs:

Abuse

Physical
Emotional
Sexual

Neglect

Physical
Emotional

Household Dysfunction

Mental Illness
Caregiver Treated Violently
Incarcerated Relative
Divorce
Substance Abuse

Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) help children build resilience to face life’s challenges.

Children are more likely to have improved mental health, a lower risk of depression, and healthier relationships in adulthood if they:

  • Feel supported by family
  • Enjoy participating in community traditions
  • Feel safe in their home
  • Talk about their feelings with family
  • Feel a sense of belonging in high school
  • Feel supported by friends
  • Have non-parent adults who care about them

Create Positive Childhood Experiences with the children in your life:

Check-In

Give your undivided attention. Invite them to share how they are feeling.

Connect

Build a sense of belonging by keeping or creating traditions like holidays, community events and game nights.

Care

Be a dependable presence: help families with ride sharing, errand running or meal delivery.