Oprah is Bringing Awareness to Childhood Trauma

Oprah Winfrey is shifting her perspective on how childhood trauma (Adverse Childhood Experiences) impacts people’s lives. Oprah was on “60 Minutes” in March and traveled to Milwaukee to learn about a revolutionary approach to childhood trauma. She spoke with Dr. Bruce Perry who is a world-renowned expert in the field and has treated survivors of high-profile events such as the Columbine shooting. “If you have developmental trauma, the truth is you are going to be at risk for almost any kind of physical health, mental health, and social health problem you can think of,” says Perry.

60 Minutes has the video on their website along with a “candid” interview of Oprah and the impact the ACE study and childhood trauma, has had on her. View Video»

Attitude of Gratitude Tree Poster

Having an attitude of gratitude and focusing on the positive things in life can help to build your resiliency for when the going gets tuff. To reserve a Gratitude tree and leaves for your business or organization to use for a month and strengthen resiliency please contact Karen.Johnson@EssentiaHealth.org

Crisis Line and Referral Service

A confidential, and non-judgmental 24/7 crisis line for people who need a listening ear, information, referral resources, or crisis mental health intervention because we envision all people having access to resources that help them to cope or solve their problems. 800-462-5525

Other Resources

MN Department of Health

Kid-friendly, working on a happy brain

How to Practice Random Acts of Kindness

100 Community Conversations Final Report


To get involved with the Mental Fitness goal group, contact a co-chair:

Jessica Schwartz Jessica.Schwartz@EssentiaHealth.org

Julie Christensen JChristensen@nystromcounseling.com