MOUNT VERNON — The Knox Health Planning Partnership Resilience Team will be hosting two showings of a one-hour long documentary, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope,” today from 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. at the Knox County Memorial Building Theater.
Sponsored by the Knox Resilience Team, the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Commissioners, this important documentary will showcase how the leading causes of heart disease, cancer, substance abuse and depression can be caused by any extremely stressful experience in childhood and can alter brain development leaving lifelong effects on health and behavior. The underlying theme is “the child may not remember, but the body remembers.”
Avoiding stress can be a necessary key to maintaining physical and emotional health, but often trauma and toxic stress experienced during childhood can have unexpected and lasting health implications into adulthood, and “Resilience” provides understanding for adverse childhood experiences and hope for the future.
The documentary is not just a film about resilience and why it is a necessary quality for life, Resilience team member Susan McDonald explained, it is a film about having hope to overcome trauma.
Data shows that adverse childhood experiences can have a profound impact on physical health, as well as emotional health, McDonald said. The most prevalent health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and drug use, all have links to toxic stress and childhood trauma, she said.
The documentary shows the measurable impact to health and what can be done about it, McDonald said, and it inspires viewers to find ways to impact other’s lives in the Knox County community and work on the prevention of toxic stress.
The Knox County community health plan, created by the Knox Health Planning Partnership, includes a survey of community members and their concerns for public health McDonald said. The biggest issues and concerns for public health focus from the 2014 KHPP were drug abuse and addiction, which have ties to adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress, McDonald said.
The Resilience team really came out of the KHHP, McDonald said, and is working to address and solve these priority issues for the county. The goal for showing this documentary is to start the process of being a trauma informed community and to raise resilience within Knox County.
The partnership brings together law enforcement, social workers and healthcare workers, as well as community members looking to help solve the issue of drug addiction, which speaks to Knox County’s willingness and ability to impact the their community, she said. The documentary shows not just how to deal with the problems, but ways to prevent them, as prevention is a key tool.
The Resilience Team focuses on increasing awareness about childhood trauma, the adverse childhood experiences study, the impact of toxic stress, and strategies to build resilience, according to a press release. A major part of this effort has been showing the film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.” The Resilience Team, which is made up of members of 15 local organizations is also working with some community organizations who are interested in increasing awareness within their organizations and improving practices that are trauma sensitive as they provide services to Knox County residents, according to a press release.
“Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope,” is being presented today from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Knox County Memorial Building Theater, 112 E. High St. in Mount Vernon.