New film series aims to reduce trauma in the community

The Winnebago County Trauma Informed Community initiative through the Winnebago County Health Department will host a series of films on different types of trauma to highlight and reduce the different events or experiences that have negative impacts on the health and well-being of Winnebago County residents.

Each film will be followed by a panel discussion with experts on the topics presented in the film to relate the lessons of the film and what residents can do to improve the lives of those affected in their own communities.

Traumas can range from homelessness, substance abuse, unemployment, family violence, to bullying. Traumas can have negative impacts on mental and physical health as well as damage relationships.

The initiative hopes to build a trauma informed community, which works collectively to empower residents, build healthy relationships, and implement trauma informed policies.

The first film in the series was "Paper Tigers", which documented a year at an alternative high school which changed its student discipline policy, and became a model for breaking cycles of poverty, violence, and disease affecting families. Each film showing is free and open to the public at the Nordloff Center. There will be one film a month through November:

-July 25, 7 pm: "Resilience"

-August 26, 4:30 pm: "Minding the Gap"

-September 23, 6 pm: "Tough Guise"

-October 17, 7 pm: "Precious"

-November 4, 6 pm: "Healing Neen"

Contact the Winnebago County Health Department if you’d like to learn more about the initiative or get involved with future events.

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