There is growing evidence through research that the hardships and adversity that people face in childhood are the largest contributing factor to poor health both physical and mental, as well as other social problems.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that affect children while growing up, such as suffering from child maltreatment or living in a household affected by domestic violence, substance misuse or mental illness. Statistically young people with 4 or more ACES are 2 times more likely to drink and have a poor diet, 4 times more likely to suffer poor mental health, 6 times more likely to have unplanned teenage pregnancy, 7 times more likely to be involved in violence and 11 times more likely to end up in prison or use illegal drugs. It is estimated that almost 10% of adults have had 4 or more ACE’s, so that’s one in 10 of us.
For NOW Festival 2019, we want to think about the life-long effects of childhood. How does it affect our health, our mental health? Is there any truth to the saying ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’? What enables some people to be resilient and rise up against all the odds? We want to hear your stories, the challenges you’ve faced and the battles you’ve won. It’s time to have your voice heard. It’s time to RISE UP.