Scotland is in the midst of a growing grassroots movement aimed at increasing public awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We now have glaring scientific evidence that childhood adversity can create harmful levels of stress, especially if a child is left to manage their responses to that adversity without emotionally reliable relationships. The vision for an ACE Aware Nation is that all 5 million citizens of Scotland should have access to this information. The ‘ACEs to Assets Conference’ was held on 11 June 2019 in Glasgow, drawing an audience of nearly 2000 members of the public keen to explore actions that can be taken to prevent and heal the impacts of childhood trauma. In this film, we hear from Dr. Gabor Mate, international expert on trauma, who explores the theme of trauma as disconnection from the self and why relationships are central to the prevention and recovery of trauma.
ACEs – Adverse Childhood Events Study
The Adverse Childhood Events Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5000% more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study’s founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection.
Read about the Adverse Childhood Events Study and take the quiz to find out your score here.
Watch a five minute primer video on the ACE Study – an excellent teaching tool – here.
Watch Psychiatry Must Stop Ignoring Trauma, by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD, here.
Find national and international conscious parenting resources here.