Libraries and Health District Team up to Build a more Resilient Community
In this day and age many of us walk around with baggage that no one sees. Sometimes, we don’t even recognize the source of the baggage we carry. Stress, anxiety, and depression are all wrapped up in what we have experienced through our lives. Some people reach out for help from our medical community or mental health professionals and some of us live with the culture of “We don’t talk about it.” or “Walk it off.” Or “You’ll be fine.”
The East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD) is teaming up with its partners, the libraries in Branford, East Haven and North Branford, to bring to the community free screenings of RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE, a film about childhood trauma and the adverse effects on health over a lifetime — and the role that everyone in the community can play in reversing them.
Tuesday, November 27 – 6:30-8 pm Branford Fire Station Headquarters 42 Main Street, Branford
Wednesday, December 5 – 6:30-8 pm Hagaman Memorial Library 227 Main Street, East Haven
Thursday, January 10 – 6-7:30 pm Edward Smith Library 3 Old Post Road, Northford
When ESDHD surveyed the residents of the communities of Branford, North Branford and East Haven, in 2016, about their health a shocking statistic was revealed. When asked if they have been told by a health professional that they have either anxiety or depression, 20% of the respondents answered that they had. This was a relatively large proportion of people who admitted to having mental health struggles. There are not mental health professionals at the health department, but we are involved in population health and addressing health threats that affect a large proportion of the community. In creating the Community Health Improvement Plan, the staff at ESDHD questioned, “How can this be addressed?”
The documentary “Resilience” opens our eyes to the fact that many people were raised with childhood traumas. The Adverse Childhood Effects (or ACES) survey has revealed to us how common these traumas are in our communities. What is not common knowledge, is the effect that these childhood traumas have on our brains and how they are wired.
The health department urges everyone to see this film. In this world of hate and “My opinion counts more than yours,” we can only improve as a community if we start to understand ourselves and treat each other with compassion, respect and understanding.
The screenings of the Resilience documentary  are free and open to everyone! 
For more information, you may call Barbara Naclerio, Health Educator at ESDHD at (203) 481-4233 or email at  
Extra parking for evening and weekend events at Hagaman Memorial Library is available in the East Haven Town Hall parking lot across the street from the library, in the KeyBank parking lot next to the library (after 5:00 p.m. on week nights and after 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays) and in the Stop & Shop lot behind the library, accessible from Messina Drive.