JOIN US! Resilience Week in Park City March 6th-8th, 2017

JOIN US! Resilience Week in Park City March 6th-8th, 2017

[fusion_dropcap color=”” boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”50%” class=”” id=””]I[/fusion_dropcap]n collaboration with the Park City School District, The Speedy Foundation, and many other community partners, CONNECT is proud to present Resilience Week in Park City.  The week will include the screening of three powerful, award winning films to create crucial dialogue within our community. All of the events are free and the entire family is welcome.

The week begins on Monday, March 6th with a screening of Hope Lives: Preventing Teen Suicide beginning at 5:30PM at the Park City High School Lecture Hall.  Utah’s suicide rate has always been higher than that of the rest of the nation. Among teens ages 10 to 17, the suicide rate has tripled in less than a decade. On average two Utah teens attempt to end their lives every day. Hope Lives provides hope through the stories of survivors and of innovative approaches schools are taking to prevent suicide.  The film highlights three stories — a promising young athlete who took his own life when he wasn’t admitted to the colleges he wanted; a young man now in his late 20s who talks candidly about his suicide attempt as a teen and the relief he felt when he survived; and a young transgender teen who survived her suicide attempt, which reaffirmed her desire to live.  The film will be accompanied by student panels, information tables, and refreshments.

On Tuesday March 7th, we will screen Paper Tigers beginning at 6:00pm in the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library. More than two decades ago, two respected researchers published the game-changing Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life.  However, this very same study contains the seed of hope: all of the above-mentioned risk factors—behavioral as well as physiological—can be offset by the presence of one dependable and caring adult. It doesn’t need to be the mother or the father. It doesn’t even need to be a close or distant relative. More often than not, that stable, caring adult is a teacher. Set within and around the campus of Lincoln Alternative High School in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington, Paper Tigers asks the following questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn? Following the film, we will hear from Authentic Strengths author Fatima Doman who will reveal how resilience, positive psychology, and the 24 character strengths are often viewed as the antidote to adverse childhood experiences.

Finally, on Wednesday, March 8th, we will screen the new documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope beginning at 5:30pm in the Park City High School Lecture HallResilience reveals that 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.  The film will be followed by discussion from a panel of counselors, clinicians, and teachers who will explore what it means to be resilient and offer hope and protection for our children.

For more information about these events, please contact Shauna Wiest at [email protected]; Shannon Decker at [email protected]; or Molly Miller at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you!

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