"Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science Of Hope" film screening and panel discussion to be held at Rogers State University.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 from 10 a.m. until noon in the RSU Will Rogers Auditorium.
The child may not remember, but the body remembers. As the documentary Resilience reveals, TOXIC STRESS (caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs) can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress – the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.
Oklahoma leads the nation in the number of children with four or more ACEs. When we come together as informed, caring individuals and communities, we can help mitigate these adversities and build resilience and hope. We are at a tipping point in making a significant impact on the negative effects of childhood adversity.
Following the film, there will be a reactor panel to discuss the content and answer questions: Dr. Tessa Chesher, associate clinical professor at Oklahoma State University and infant mental health specialist; Rob Henson, Children's Administrator with Grand Lake Mental Health Center and Dr. Mark Bishop, family medicine physician.
The event is free, but guests are asked to register in advance: