Resilience – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

This widely acclaimed film ‘Resilience – The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope’ has attracted widespread critical acclaim in Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world.

“The child may not remember.
But the body remembers.” Jack Shonkoff M.D.



Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, TOXIC STRESS can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Trailer can be viewed here –

The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent ‘Toxic Stress’. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behaviour.

Join us in the Merlin Cinema, Thurso on Saturday 17th March at 11am to view this ground breaking film and share ideas about how to prevent and tackle the long term health implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

You are invited to join the discussion afterwards with Maree Todd MSP and Sally Amor NHS Highland child Health Commissioner about how we can respond practically to the insights the film offers.

“What’s predictable is preventable”

To book click here –

Adapted – Synopsis from KPJR Films

Kevin Denvir.

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