Understanding Trauma and Resilience

When we think about trauma, we may think about car accidents, veteran’s returning from the horrors of war, or losing a loved one. But a person can experience trauma as a result of events that we may think are just part of everyday life. Events like divorce, physical and/or emotional abuse, or neglect can be as traumatic in our lives as those huge events that we hear about on the evening news.

In fact, the younger we are when we experience trauma the more damaging that trauma can be. Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are tough times that happen to us as children. When these events cause stress and become constant and overwhelming they cause trauma and are toxic to a child’s brain.


What Are ACEs?

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs are traumatic events that happen to us as children. Watch this 5 minute video and learn about Aces and how they can affect you and the members of your family.


To learn more, check the CDC’s ACE Study website. You’ll find, among other things, a list of studies that explore the ways adverse childhood experiences have been linked to a variety of adult conditions, ranging from increased headaches to depression to heart disease.

What resources are available to me and my family?


Local Resources:

Montcalm Care Network 989-831-7520 or 800-377-0974, montcalmcare.net
Montcalm Area intermediate School District 616-225-4700, maisd.com
Montcalm RISC, http://montcalmrisc.org/resourcemap-emotional.html

Cherry Street Health Promotion Services 989-831-4591
Relief Against Violent Encounter (RAVE) 800-720-7233
Families Against Narcotics (IMFAN) 616-329-9645
EightCAP, Inc. 866-754-9315, 8cap.org
Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898211*


Internet Resources:

ACES 101, http://acestoohigh.com/aces-101/
Triple-P Parenting, www.triplep-parenting.net/glo-en/home/
Resilience Trumps ACEs, www.resiliencetrumpsACEs.org
CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/acestudy/
Zero to Three Guides for Parents, https://www.zerotothree.org/parenting