Adverse Childhood Experiences
Supports widespread awareness, promotes understanding, and empowers communities to improve health and well-being.
What are ACEs?
ACEs are serious childhood traumas that compromise our mental and physical health. Although they occur in childhood, they can affect both adults and children.
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The 10 ACEs
Where does it hurt?
Adverse Childhood Experiences can affect mental and physical health
ACEs are serious childhood traumas that cause toxic stress. Stress affects brain development in children, which can result in long-term mental health problems and health concerns into adulthood. Toxic stress in childhood can increase stress hormones, raising heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and muscle tension. When a child’s brain is busy trying to protect itself, there is no room left for learning, play, and emotional growth.
ACEs can increase the risk of:
What to do about ACEs
History isn’t destiny. You can prevent ACEs in your children or start healing from your own. Building resilience, the ability to adapt to difficult situations, is the key to protecting yourself and your family from the effects of ACEs.
Helping children and adults heal from ACEs
It’s never too late to feel better. Whether a parent suffered adverse experiences in their own childhood or their child is affected now, there are simple ways to reboot the brain and create new pathways for healing.
It’s always the right time to get help
If you or your child has had adverse childhood experiences, start by talking to a trauma-informed therapist. In the meantime, find a support group, make time to exercise, prepare healthy meals, and practice mindfulness. Building resilience and finding support is key to recovery and enjoying a healthy life.
Springboard Community Services
Harford County Office
44 E. Gordon Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Grant is funded through Harford County Government— Local Management Board
Relax, It’s Covered
We provide services regardless of your ability to pay. We accept most commercial insurance plans, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and offer a sliding scale fee for those without insurance.