On CBS This Morning, Oprah Winfrey gave a preview of an upcoming 60 Minutes segment she recently filmed about childhood trauma and resilience. The 60 Minutes story will air this Sunday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. central time on CBS 58.

For those of us that partner with families, the ACE’s research provided the missing link in understanding the difficulties in supporting and engaging families. Connecting unaddressed trauma and the influence it has on parenting and a family’s ability to achieve and maintain their wellness is the first step in supporting children and becoming a compassionate and supportive, agency, community and nation. Oprah suggested the Ace’s research provided her a deeper meaning in understanding the impact of trauma. Her advocacy is an important contribution in supporting children and families, and in moving forward with the information gathered from the Adverse Childhood Study we focus on supporting resiliency in children, families and communities with the recognition that support equals resiliency. The call to action for those of us partnering with families is to advocate for policies and funding streams that acknowledge the signs and symptoms of trauma in individuals, families and communities and build a roadmap to resiliency.

This update was written by MHANYS Director of Family Engagement and Support Services, Deb Faust. For more information about the roadmap and the work of MHANYS in this area, contact Deb at dfaust@mhanys.org

 

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Oprah Winfrey Addresses the Long-Term Effects of Trauma This Sunday on CBS’s 60 Minutes

Oprah Winfrey addresses the long-term effects of childhood trauma this Sunday, March 11 on 60 Minutes (tune in on CBS at 7:00 p.m. ET). The word is spreading quickly about the potential impact of this 60 Minutes segment. One ACEs Connection member said “The cause now has an iconic “champion of champions”. This could be a significant game changer.” Another said we should all be prepared to respond afterwards with opeds and letters to the editors to local papers, meetings with legislators etc.

Oprah’s story features an interview with Bruce Perry, MD and coverage of visits two trauma-informed Milwaukee organizations- SaintA and the Nia Imani Family Center. Oprah spent part of her youth in Milwaukee and spoken candidly about her own childhood trauma. Click here to read the post by ACEs Connection member, Michelle Sieg of SaintA, who had first hand involvement in sharing the story of SaintA’s clients. Here is a preview of the 60 Minutes segment from CBS News.

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