Category: ACEs (Page 1 of 3)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on the future of the individual and the community they reside in. This impact includes:

  • Inclination for Violence, Victimization & Perpetration of Violence
  • Lifelong effect on Holistic Health
  • Access & Ability to fully utilize available Opportunities

2 Important Trauma Awareness Conversations from June

In the Trauma awareness conversationย  in June, the most challenging social media conversations were:

  1. The discovery of Indigenous children – students of Canada’s residential Catholic schools, mostly catholic schools
  • What kind of trauma has the indigenous community in Canada endured due to the loss of so many of their children?
  • How did the indigenous communities mourn their lost children, community and culture?
  • Has there been reparation activities and conversations directed at healing the indigenous communities?

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The Napolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

The Neapolitan books are set somewhere in Italy, a poor neighborhood in Naples where violence and strife are so normalized everyone is conditioned to either not react to it or react with more violence. This neighborhood could be anywhere in the world, even in Nairobi.

relationships that are good for our mental health I almost annoyed myself into stopping reading the Neapolitan series because in the first book My Brilliant Friend Lenรบ’s siblings said: “You look like a negro” with a certain ‘contempt’ when Lenu came back from Ischia. The sun had painted Lenรบ’s skin with dark gold. Thank heavens that I am not one to leave a book half-read, or a sentence half-said. So I finished the first book My Brilliant Friend and thought I was done. A couple of weeks later, I couldn’t stop thinking about Lila in her new marriage. I wondered if Lenรบ would become a brilliant scholar, teacher, lecturer or just marry and be done with it. I wondered if Melina would get better.

So, I went to the library and borrowed the 2nd book The Story of a New Name. After that, there was no stopping

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6 ๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ by Green Strings Network

This thread was published by Green String Networkย  on 31st October 2019. It’s a 5 min read that is worth a year and a half. Visit GSN on their website for lots more on mental health and trauma awareness. And on Twitter for insights you may not find anywhere else @GSNAfrica
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6 ๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ

Individual Trauma: results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on their wellbeing. Image

1. ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ: a big incident that leaves a community with painful memories that alter their social health, eg a massacre, bombing, car accident, house fire, etc. It lingers with them for a long time.
2. ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ: is trauma obtained from supporting others who have experienced trauma. There can be a build up of stress over time that can cause changes to one’s psychological, physical & spiritual well-being.
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