Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Did you know that more than 1 in 5 high school youth have been physically abused? Childhood traumas can lead to behavioral, employment, and health problems later in life. But we can prevent these problems by building more social connections around kids, families, and neighbors and by helping with counseling, support, and treatment in times of need.
The Thurston Thrives Child & Youth Resilience Action Team has identified strategies for improving the health of the Thurston County community through reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and increasing individual and family resilience. ACEs are traumatic events that happen to children, such as abuse, neglect, or family problems like domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, incarceration, or divorce.
Research shows that resilience – the ability to bounce back from adversity and positively meet the challenges of life – helps lessen the burden of ACEs and empowers children and families to build a bright future. It helps develop family strengths, reduces the likelihood of abuse and neglect, and is proven to reduce ACEs in the next generation. The building blocks of resilience can be as simple as parents learning to ask for help or children forming a positive relationship with a caring adult.
Child & Youth Resilience Action Team leader, Sandra Romero, and members of the team presented their recommendations to the Thurston County Board of Health and the Thurston Thrives Advisory Council today.
To access the presentation materials on the Thurston Thrives website click here.
For more information on Thurston Thrives visit www.thurstonthrives.org.
Please tell us what you think about the draft strategy for action on child & youth resiliency and health.