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Public is invited to showing of movie on stress, resilience and hope

Local nonprofit organizations Crossnore Communities for Children and Thrive, in partnership with organizations in the HART Collaborative, invite members of the Henderson County community to attend a free viewing of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope on May 11. Sponsored by Thrive, both dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge.

The film addresses research that says abuse and neglect during childhood, otherwise referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences, can cause toxic stress which triggers hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. The film also talks about a movement that is determined to fight back and help heal those who have experienced toxic stress. Attendees will participate in a Q&A session with local partners following the film viewing, and all will have the chance to learn how to work with other community members to take steps toward healing.

The dinner and movie event is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Grace Lutheran Church. The event is presented in May as a part of Mental Health Awareness Month. The event is free, but guests should register in advance at to ensure that food and childcare are available.