Early care and education professionals touch the lives of many children and parents in North Carolina.
- Childhood trauma is often passed from generation to generation in cycles that are hard to break. These experiences may impact a parent’s stress response and can sometimes translate into tumultuous childhoods for their children.
- In our education trainings, specifically, we show the impacts that high levels of stress have on student academic performance and social outcomes. We explore – through discussion, activities, a film screening, and action planning – how school communities can come together to create a common language around trauma and resilience, and begin taking steps toward creating more compassionate, trauma-sensitive environments. It is our ultimate goal to see all members of a school – students, faculty, and families – succeed.
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- Faith communities and leaders equipped with an understanding of the impact of toxic stress can make profound progress not only in lessening poor health and social outcomes but also in preventing exposure to toxic stress by supporting individuals and families.
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- The researchers who conducted the initial ACE Study looked at patients with ACE scores of 7 or higher who didn’t smoke, didn’t drink to excess, and weren’t overweight. They found that the risk of ischemic heart disease in this population was 360 percent higher than for patients with an ACE score of 0. Higher levels of cortisol and other stress hormones alone can affect health outcomes.
- Healthy minds enable individuals to reach their full potential. Businesses can promote employee well-being by helping employees to manage stress and build stronger connections within the workplace and within their communities.
- Workplace Trauma-Informed Tips
- Implement policies such as flex-time that create healthier families and more productive employees
- Educate on and train managers in trauma-informed care principles
- Use corporate-sponsored events to inform employees about community services that can support their well-being
- Schedule team building opportunities
- Focus on organizational training and development
- Take a 5 – 10 minute break to de-stress by walking outside or sitting quietly and being present
- Introduce yourself to someone you have seen before but have not formally met
- Share a meal or grab coffee with a co-worker
- Decorate or organize your working space to accommodate your individual needs