Documentary to be played at LCC Wednesday about Adverse Childhood Experiences

Documentary to be played at LCC Wednesday about Adverse Childhood Experiences

A documentary about assisting at-risk children will be played today at Lenoir Community College.

The screening of “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” will be held at LCC’s Administration Building Auditorium. The event is free and doors open at 1:30 p.m., providing time for those who haven’t pre-registered. The film will start around 2 p.m. with a panel discussion to follow.

The documentary is about adverse childhood experiences, traumatic events in a child’s life which could increase the risk of issues such as depression, alcohol abuse and suicide as adults, among many other health and mental problems. The event is sponsored by Eastpointe, North Carolina District 8 Guardian Ad Litem and the Partnership for Children of Lenoir and Greene Counties.

Eastpointe Community Relations Specialist Courtney Boyette said it will be a beneficial event to shed light toward children needing the support of the community.

“We look at some of the different experiences they have with things such as a parent going to prison, domestic abuse and addictions among other things,” Boyette said. “The study talks about the trauma and how it could have effects on their development into adulthood and how successful having proactive factors can be toward helping them.”

Colleen Kosinski, district administrator for Guardian Ad Litem in Lenoir, Wayne and Greene Counties said having measures set early on could prove to be beneficial, with the document and panel discussion continuing to shed light on the issue.

“Though a study of thousands, scientists were able to see when students have adverse experiences, it can lead to health implication as adults such as obesity, heart disease and cancer,” Kosinski said. “Hopefully, we can get the community together and help to address that when kids are healthier, it can help in the long run. Making little changes can have huge implications and save billions of dollars over treating diabetes and heart disease in the future.”

To RSVP for the event, go to https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp.

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