How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Published on Feb 17, 2015
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Harris explains that repeated stress of abuse, neglect & parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse have tangible effects on brain development. This unfolds across a lifetime, where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease & lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention & treatment of trauma.

Remembering Trauma Short Video Clip

Published on Apr 20, 2017

Highlights the life of a traumatized youth from early childhood to older adolescence, illustrates the impact of complex trauma & the potential for misdiagnosis across various service systems. 

DISCLAIMER Inspired by a true story & shows the many ways that trauma can impact youth. Contains adult language & family violence, which may be upsetting to watch. Strongly recommended that you view this film with a trusted adult that can offer support.

Childhood Trauma: Changing Minds

One of the biggest predictors of a child’s ability to be resilient in the face of trauma is interacting with a caring adult. Through everyday gestures, any adult in a child’s life can vastly increase that child’s opportunity for success. Learn how your everyday gestures can help a child in your life at 

Changing Minds: "Chad"

Futures Without Violence

Published on Oct 18, 2016

Warning: Please be aware that this video contains descriptions of violence. It is inspired by true stories, shows how a supportive & caring adult can help a child overcome childhood trauma & exposure to violence. Yearly nearly 60% of youth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools & communities. Over time, exposure to violence during childhood is correlated with negative outcomes: psychological issues, adverse behavior & serious illnesses.  

All About ACEs, Trauma & their Lifetime Affects

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Trauma-Sensitive Schools

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Trauma and Violence

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) addresses the impact of trauma on individuals, families & communities as a behavioral health concern that requires a healing & recovery process.

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What is Trauma?

What is trauma? Trauma responses vary for each person and are unique to the person enduring it.

 What is Trauma? It is not uncommon for a person to have experienced some level of trauma(s), throughout their life. Trauma responses are unique to each individual and not all people are impacted in the same way by the same traumatic experience. Sometimes, responses may look like poor behavior, but they are actually physiological responses that a trauma-impacted person may not be aware of or in control of. Please view more information and resources on trauma at 

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Common Trauma Responses

We all react to trauma in different ways, but there are a few common trauma responses.

 “We all react to trauma in different ways, experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional reactions. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond, so don’t judge your own reactions or those of other people. Your responses are NORMAL reactions to ABNORMAL events.” ( Response to a traumatic event varies significantly among people, but here are some basic, common trauma responses. 

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Life Stress Inventory

Dear Stress, Let's break up, love me.

Do you have stress in your life? Take this life stress inventory quiz to reflect on your past 12 months. Check back later today for some self-care ideas! 

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74 Self Care Ideas

74 self-care ideas to maintain and improve mental health, mental wellness and daily life.

74 Self-Care Ideas from Live Bold and Bloom! Which ones work well for you? Which ones do you want to add into your daily routine?

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Learning Brain Vs. Survival Brain

Video on learning brain versus survival brain, to show the trauma perspective for students/teachers.


Every person who works with or has children should watch this! 

“This 5 minute video reframes a trauma perspective in terms of learning  brain versus survival brain as a way to make it easier for teachers to  talk about trauma with students. So a kid with trauma, or who is stuck  in survival brain, is kind of like the baby elephant who doesn’t have  protective adults around them. They can’t play and learn because they  are way too focused on looking out for threats and danger. 

So this is why, the most important things that schools can focus on, way  more important than any techniques or curricula, is really whether or  not they are creating that environment where students feel like they’re  surrounded by these big mama elephants that are going to protect them  and watch out for them and make them feel safe. When students have that,  it unlocks their curiosity, their eagerness to learn and play as a way  to learn.” 

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