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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are one of the key indicators of future mental and physical health problems. Those with an ACE score at three or above are likely to face a number of challenges throughout their lives. The information on this page is adapted from the Center for Disease Control.


Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events in childhood (0-17 years), such as neglect and experiencing or witnessing violence.

ACEs include aspects of a child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding, such as living in a household with substance misuse or mental health problems.

ACEs can negatively impact physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral development. ACEs can also have lasting effects on health, well-being, and prosperity well into adulthood.

What is an adverse childhood experience?

  • Emotional

  • Physical

  • Sexual

  • Emotional

  • Physical

Household Challenges*
  • Substance misuse

  • Mental illness, including attempted suicide

  • Divorce or separation

  • Incarceration

  • Intimate Partner Violence or Domestic Violence

*The child lives with a parent, caregiver, or other adult who experiences one or more of these challenges.

Other Adversity
  • Bullying

  • Community violence

  • Natural disasters

  • Refugee or wartime experiences

  • Witnessing or experiencing acts of terrorism


Transgender Support Groups

Every third Thursday the Greater Rockingham LGBTQIA+ Group offers free peer support groups for transgender folks. Teens, 13-17, meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and adults, 18+, meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The meetings are held at Parks Place. Snacks will be provided. The groups will be led by a transgender staff member.

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LGBTQIA+ Hangout

Join us for a FREE hangout for LGBTQIA+ members, ages 18 and old. Stop by Parks Place from 2-4pm on the second Saturday of each month for writing, crafting, reading, gaming, or just hanging out. 

Online Narcan training
If you've picked up a package of Narcan or Naloxone and don't know how to use it, check out this video with instructions from the Vermont Department of Health.

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