‘Resilience: The Biology Of Stress & The Science Of Hope’ screens for Mental Health Awareness Month

Parents and community members will have the opportunity to learn about research that identifies a link between childhood stress and its negative impact on future health and behaviors. 

The Pro Action, Southern Tier Kids on Track and the Hornell City School District are partnering to offer a free screening of “RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Hornell Intermediate School.

The one-hour documentary explores adverse childhood experiences as having an impact on brain structure, function, the immune system, developing hormonal systems, DNA, and a range of adult health problems, including diabetes, hypertension, stroke, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

“‘RESILIENCE’ is a fascinating documentary that eloquently explains the health-care issues that confront us directly and indirectly on a daily basis. But more than that, ‘RESILIENCE’ gives us the solution to this problem. Rarely do you find a documentary that highlights a problem and gives a solution. It’s a film every educator, health-care provider, and lawmaker should see,”

film critic Pamela Powell has stated in reports about the film.

The original Acute Childhood Experiences research results detailed in “RESILIENCE” show that childhood trauma is common across all socio-economic backgrounds and there was a direct link between childhood trauma and adult onset of chronic disease. 

However, the experts and practitioners profiled in “RESILIENCE” provide evidence that they believe what’s predictable is preventable.