Resilience Film Screening at the Citizens Theatre

Resilience Film Screening at the Citizens Theatre


I think this film is so powerful because
it gives us an excellent tool for understanding what the science has known
for at least 20 years which is that children’s early experiences have an
impact on their long-term life and if those early experiences are full of fear
and stress then it changes your biology in a way that…your whole
biology is stressed and that causes illnesses in adulthood. We’re a group
of women – mothers and grandmothers that got together to talk
about our problems with our children, or the children we’re bringing up. We all face different problems but we share those problems and it helps. They’ve come through that supporting relationship with Children 1st
and they really got empowered and encouraged to think about how could
their experiences and their voices help influence the way that other
organisations respond, the way that communities come together and try and
change the system to make things better for other people. That was incredibly
powerful and also hugely inspiring because as one of the contributors said,
sitting listening to that, you do get a sense that a massive discovery has been
made and if we do the right things we have it within our grasp to change
things and change things really fundamentally. A number of people have
talked about this study across Scotland for a lot of years now but somehow that
has not produced an ACEs revolution because that’s the fancy name that’s now
used for it is: Adverse Childhood Experiences What’s fascinating is that
this film has. So I think it’s a very powerful tool. ln an hour you understand
the science and you understand it’s importance. The film moves people and it
helps us to think we need to do something about this. And you think about it: we spend millions worldwide billions of pounds and an awful lot of effort in trying to stop people smoking, cut down the
amount of alcohol people consume, improving people’s diets because we
believe that’s the way to solve heart disease and cancer and some other
preventable or reducible illnesses. I’m not saying it’s wrong to do these
things because these things are bad for our health. But when you watch
something like the film we’ve just watched you realize that many of these things
are in themselves symptoms of much deeper and more fundamental problems. If we put
relationships at the heart every single one of our public policies, we would
solve a lot of our social problems really quite rapidly. And we would
prevent it continuing. We’re only five million. We could do this if we really
believed it. The issues in the film are more widespread than some people might think. I know from my own experiences that when preoccupied with issues in your head,
you can’t focus on your family and the people who depend on you, and your
problems can be projected onto them so it really can affect all families. I think we need to radically transform our mental health
services and think what about personalised care. We need to look at ideas from
other places in the world where emotional and mental health are much better. People
need to be able to trust so-called professionals enough to say that they’ve
messed up or they’ve relapsed and not feel badly judged or worried about having
social, mental and addiction services working on taking their kids away. People can help themselves when shown the tools and given the right support. It’s not just about preventing and helping traumatised children, it’s about
helping families and carers as a whole without being intrusive and judgmental. We make sure that all of our staff get access to those messages, to the science
of connection and relationship to make sure that it’s not about what you do to
people it’s about how you are with them. It’s not about doing ‘to’ or ‘for’ but
it’s about doing ‘with’ – getting alongside people, hearing their stories, respecting
those stories, understanding what’s happened and moving that shift from
‘what’s wrong?’ to ‘what’s happened?’ and then really empowering people
to get whatever it is that they need to change their own lives:
their own power to be released, their own voices to be heard.

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