Youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including:
We often do not see or encounter members of our community facing these obstacles, but in all communities, they are present and often shy or humiliated to seek help.
Out of 602 homeless youth in Central Florida in 2019:
The Path to HEALING – Overcoming Trauma
Reducing Toxic Stress
Becoming Less Reactive
Increasing Physical & Emotional Awareness
Building Confidence & Trust
Who are you – when you’re not in a chronic state of stress?
When a child personally experiences:
within the bounds of their home, it has a profound negative effect on health and well-being (2).
We can no longer ignore the data-driven findings connecting drug use, mental illness, and unemployment to these Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).
As seen in the chart below, if an individual has a higher ACE score, they have a 65% increased risk of suicide and a 69% increased risk of mental illness.
Trauma increases cortisol in the brain and when the brain is constantly releasing cortisol, it stunts brain growth – in both size and emotional development, cutting a person off from the ability to:
- emotionally regulate
- make appropriate decisions
Learning becomes extremely difficult as the brain experiences memory loss and the ability to appropriately work through even the smallest of life’s situations.
Brain scans of individuals who faced childhood adversity often show a loss of interconnectivity in areas critical to:
- creating loving relationships
- activating a sense of calm in the face of stress
- downshifting the inflammatory response.
When these connections are underdeveloped, we have little awareness of our own feelings and lack consciousness about the effects of our behavior on others.
We can’t see how our defensive patterns of interacting are hurting those we care for – and we can’t see how they are hurting us.
We are limited, our happiness is limited, and we limit the happiness of others
More than ever, it is vital for an organization such as The Faine House to be educated in the risks, the changes in brain patterns and development, and the pathway to healing someone from these brain changes.