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Long-term exposure to pollution linked to depression, study finds [washingtonpost.com]

By Kelly Kasulis Cho, Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images, The Washington Post, February 2, 2023 Long-term exposure to even low levels of air pollution is linked to increased incidence of depression and anxiety, a U.K. study suggests, adding to a wave of evidence that fossil fuels may be negatively impacting mental health. Researchers in the United Kingdom and China followed nearly 390,000 adults in the U.K. for roughly 11 years and found long-term exposure to multiple air pollutants was...

The funding cliff for student mental health [axios.com]

By Sabrina Moreno, Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios, Axios, February 2, 2023 Public school districts that received a windfall of COVID relief funds for mental health services are confronting a new dilemma: How to sustain counseling, screenings, teletherapy and other programs when the money runs out. Why it matters: The youth mental health crisis is not getting better , and schools are increasingly being pressed into service as first responders amid rising rates of suicidal ideation,...

New gun deaths data in U.S. show continued rise in suicides [harvardpublichealth.org]

By Maura Kelly, Illustration: Mary Delaware, Harvard Public Health, February 1, 2023 he gun control debate always heats up after a mass shooting, as it has in the wake of the twin shootings in California last month. The summer’s mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, finally spurred lawmakers to action with the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act bill, the first meaningful piece of gun legislation in two decades. But the U.S. gun problem is still the world’s...

Ironically, today we "celebrate" Waitangi Day and yet....The case of a father that loved his children

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is to protect both Māori and non-Māori. This post is to honour a father who lost almost everything in his pursuit to protect his children from harm and to ensure they accessed quality education because he loved them This post is to honour all fathers who are denied their right to be a father simply because they are men. New Zealand is a nation that is like a pendulum. We move between polar opposites. We can't seem to find balance. In days gone by, women were once...

Survivor Stories with guest Michael Skinner - YouTube

Survivor Stories with guest Michael Skinner - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIcufSmFCXo&t=33s A thought provoking discussion and insight on healing from trauma and sexual abuse. Presented by Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor - Amplifying survivor voices worldwide "I attended this event, and Michael has a gentle approach to making sexual and physical trauma stories become meaningful and a source of hope." - Jacek_Jack Haciak

Parenting, Policies and Laws, and the Social Determinants of Health

Here’s a thought. Kids who experience parenting behaviors and practices generally recognized as supporting the healthy development of children often grow into kind, responsible, hardworking, ethical adults who don’t behave in ways that harm themselves and others. Over the years Congress created policies and laws that are detrimental to public health. Now we are faced with the monumental task of changing those policies and laws. If Congress had been made up of people who had experienced...

Greater adversity in childhood linked to premature aging in midlife and beyond [medicalxpress.com]

By McMaster University, Image: Aging Cell (2023), MedicalXpress, February 1, 2023 Exposure to a greater number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may accelerate biological aging in older adults, a McMaster University study has found. The research was published online in the journal Aging Cell . The study analyzed data from 1,445 participants aged 45 to 85 years from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. The participants provided blood samples for DNA methylation analysis and...

Ask the Community

Hello PACEs Connection members. I’m looking for slide presentations /PowerPoints (not necessarily that format) on the link between trauma and addiction that would help people/medical professionals who are NOT in mental health understand the relationship between trauma and addiction. Anything shareable? Would credit original presentation. Thank you! Carey Sipp Director of Strategic Partnerships, PACEs ConnectionRead More...
Would appreciate members response to this article and the article it cites, which seems to challenge some current practices and the research they are based on. https://www.madinamerica.com/2023/01/american-college-of-preventative-medicine-makes-recommendations-for-preventing-and-mitigating-adverse-childhood-experiences/ "While the authors endorse surveillance and research around childhood adversity, they recommend against screening for adverse childhood experiences in individual clinical...Read More...
Last Reply By David Dooley · First Unread Post

Trauma and Grief

Looking for a resource for a presentation to a faith based group on grief and trauma (trauma-informed care). Perhaps a podcast? I like to use a short “hook” that grabs the audience and spurs conversation. I find that PowerPoints don’t have the same attention holding for the non professional. I have found Nadine Burke Harris’ Ted Talk really engaged folks.Read More...
Last Reply By Jeoffry Gordon · First Unread Post
HI to the PACES Connection community - we're working on a training for first responders to overdose situations and I wanted to tap into the wisdom of this amazing community to see if anyone has any specific, practical examples you'd be willing to share of trauma-informed responses by first responders (behaviors/actions, words, follow-up) to family members, bystanders/witnesses, and/or overdose survivors? Or if anyone has suggestions for other resources for training for first responders on...Read More...
Last Reply By Peter Chiavetta · First Unread Post

Documentary Film Festival

We, the Institute for Community and Family Resilience, would like to sponsor a documentary film festival in 2023. We would like to include Paper Tigers, Resilience,Broken Places, and Cracked Up. Has anyone done this and how did it work; i.e. the logistics. Did you on a local tv station? Did you have follow up discussion amongst professionals in the TIC community? Did you show the documentaries over successive days/weeks/months? Did you perhaps do live showings at neighborhood venues, such as...Read More...
Last Reply By Max Taylor · First Unread Post
The ACE Study shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences can cause higher chances of depression and anxiety, leading to weight gain if food is used to cope. When people seek a weight loss solution, it makes sense to examine the reason why they’ve gained weight in the first place. We’ve found over decades of research and work in the field that, when you look deep enough, it’s usually not just poor eating habits or a lack of exercise (those are symptoms!). The ACE assessment and screening...Read More...
Last Reply By Frank Sterle Jr. · First Unread Post

CRUDE IDEOLOGICAL OPPOSITION TO CHILD TAX SUPPORT

Jeoffry Gordon
"When the American Rescue Plan passed, proponents argued , based on a 2019 National Academies of Sciences report , that the child allowance would reduce poverty without meaningfully discouraging parental employment. Opponents, including me ( Scott Winship, director of poverty studies and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute), argued that the allowance’s short-term effects on poverty would be at least partly reversed in the long run because the allowance would lead some...Read More...
Last Reply By Carey Sipp (PACEs Connection Staff) · First Unread Post

Seeking data

Donna Chacko, M.D.
Hi friends, With short notice I am preparing to submit an abstract for a medical conference--about the teaching the secondary health benefits of faith in order to encourage healthy lifestyle. I address life-style changes, stress, burnout, prayer, and ACE's/trauma informed care. Can you suggest the best and most current evidence about ACE affects and especially about benefits of trauma-informed prevention or treatment programs? I will be requesting CME (continuing medical education) credits...Read More...
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