Tri-County Mental Health Services offering behavioral health services for the Kansas City Northland community. Prevention, assessment and treatment services for individuals and families throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties of Missouri.

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Free Program to Help Children Cope with Trauma, Stress

Tri-County Mental Health Services and the Northland Coalition will host three free showings of the documentary “Resilience, The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope.”

The documentary showcases the cutting edge research finding that, while the child may not clearly remember traumatic experiences, his body does. This excessive stress can lead to the altering of brain development, resulting in lifelong effects on behavior and health - everything from heart disease and cancer to substance use and depression.

With the knowledge of how childhood trauma can inform the adult’s emotional and physical well being, pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities are engaging in ground-breaking trauma-informed behavioral and health practices to address and disrupt the cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

The focus of the approach is on helping children find positive ways to cope with stress, thereby leading to healthy mental and physical development, and, potentially, avoiding the negative long-term impact their childhood trauma could impart on their lives.

A preview of the film can be viewed on this YouTube link, or by searching Google for “Resilience Trailer.”

The screenings will be presented at the Northland Human Services Building, 2nd floor conference room, 3100 NE 83rd St., Kansas City, Mo. 64119. The final viewing is set for Friday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

The screenings are free, but reservations are requested, as seating is limited. Reservations can be made by contacting Kara White at or (816) 877-0401.

Topic In Depth

Professionals in the fields are touting the new movement as an unprecedented public health discovery:

“We tend to (view) the world of mental health from the world of physical health. But the body doesn’t do that. The body is only one.” -Dr. Victor Carrion, Stanford University

“This is the biggest public health discovery we’ve ever seen.” -Laura Porter, Co-Founder, ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Interface

“If I had to boil it down for one thing for people to learn from this science, it’s to totally put to bed forever this sense that children who are born under disadvantaged (sic) circumstances are doomed to poor life outcomes. The science is saying that’s just not true.” -Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Pediatrician, Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

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