Resilient Lamoille

Building Resilient Communities
for a Healthy Lamoille Valley

Building Resilience Helps You Withstand Life’s Challenges.

Healing Can Happen at Any Age.

We Can Prevent ACEs From Passing on to the Next Generation

Adverse Childhood Experience
Create Toxic Stress

  • Emotional, sexual, or physical abuse
  • Physical or emotional neglect
  • Violence at home or in the community
  • Parental substance misuse or mental illness.
  • Parental separation, divorce, or loss of a parent
  • Incarcerated family member
  • Bullying (by another child or adult)
  • Racial discrimination and sexism
  • Homelessness and hunger
  • Natural disasters and war

ACE Can Have a Lasting Effect On…

  • Chronic Health Conditions
    obesity, diabetes, depression, cancer, etc.
  • Risky behaviors
    smoking, alcoholism, drug use
  • Life Potential
    school and job success
  • Relationships
    family, co-workers & friends

Positive and Tolerable Stress Helps Build Resilience; Toxic Stress is Harmful

Retrain Your Brain

Small Changes Can Have a Big Effect


Practicing positive and often simple activities can help retrain ones brain, at any age, to handle stressful situations in a new way. This helps the brain to heal itself!

› Enjoy Music

› Create Art

› Exercise

› Eat Healthy Meals

› Find Supportive Relationships

› Smile

› Talk About Feelings

› Walk in the Woods

› Feel Gratitude

› Think Positively

› Get Quality Sleep

› Be Hopeful

› Be Mindful

› Volunteer

› Acknowledge Trauma

› Seek Support

› Identify Emotional Triggers

› Get Mental Health & Substance Use Treatment

› Play

› Find Safe & Stable Nurturing Environments

› Identify Positive Role Models

› Breathe Deeply

› Practice Yoga

› Garden

› Interact

› Laugh

Your Lamoille Valley Network of Support

Help Lines

Crisis Text Line -TEXT VT to 741741

Clarina Howard Nichols Center -Hotline, 802-888-5256 / Business 802-888-2584

AWARE Domestic & Sexual Violence Services,  802-472-6463,

VT 2-1-1, Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 information and referral or text your zip code to 898211 (M-F 8am to 8pm)

VT State Police Anonymous Tipline, text “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS

Vermont Family Network, 802-888-8888,

Meeting Basic Needs

Capstone Community Action, 802-888-7993 or 800-639-8710,

UVM Extension EFNEP (Food & Nutrition Education), 802-888-4972 Ext. 401

Women, Infant & Children, 802-888-7447,

Reach Up, 800-479-61518,

United Way of Lamoille County 802-888-3252,

Rural Community Transportation, 855-811-6360,

Lamoille Community Food Share, 802-888-6550,

Hardwick Food Pantry 802-472-5940,

Meals on Wheels 802-888-5011,

Supporting Families

Lamoille County Child Advocacy Center, 802-851-8116,

Lamoille Family Center, 802-888-5229,

Capstone Community Action (Headstart), 802-888-7993 or 1-800-639-8710,

Resilience Beyond Incarceration, 802-888-5871,

Laraway Youth and Family Services, 802-635-2805,

Building Stronger Communities

Healthy Lamoille Valley (Prevention Coalition), 802-730-6599,

Lamoille Restorative Center, 802-888-5871,

Hardwick Area Justice Center, 802-644-1960,

Recovering and Thriving

North Central Vermont Recovery Center, 802-851-8120,

Medication Assisted Treatment @CHSLV, 802-888-8320,

Treatment Associates, 802-888-0079,

VT Dept. of Health Substance Prevention Consultant, 802-888-2581,

802 QUITS, 800-QUIT-NOW,

Enhancing Mental and Physical Health

Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, 802-888-8320,

Copley Hospital, 802-888-8888,

Community Health Services of the Lamoille Valley, 802-888-0895,

Lamoille County Mental Health Services, 802-888-5026,

Hardwick Health Center, 802-472-3300,

Aiding Youth and Young Adults

Lamoille Valley Youth Center, 802-888-2990,

E=MC2 Community Center, 802-521-7948,

Jump On Board for Success, 802-888-0656,

Youth Development Program, 802-888-1377,

VocRehab, 888-400-5976,

Lamoille Interagency Network for Kids – LINK, 802-888-5229 Ext 137,

Check Out the Resilience Film Locally
Resilience is available for check-out at these Lamoille Valley Libraries: Varnum Memorial Library, Waterville Town Library, Johnson Public Library, Lanpher Memorial Library, Morristown Centennial Library, Stowe Free Library, Glee Merritt Kelley Community Library, Jeudevine Memorial Library, Craftsbury Public Library, and the Greensboro Free Library.


DISCUSSION GUIDE – Find the complete guide at:

Basic Questions:

  • Now, what does resilience mean to you?
  • From your perspective or profession, what stood out?
  • What do you consider the key strategies in the film?
  • What is one thing you heard or saw that touched you?
  • What one thing surprised you the most?

Call to Action Questions:

  • What are you going to do now that you know this information?
  • How can you influence the professionals in your field?
  • List five people who need to see this film and learn this information. What would it take to arrange that?
  • List three things that you will do now that you’ve seen this film… One short term (NOW) One medium term (this month) One longer term (within the year)
  • How might we inspire community members to stand up and be an ally for children with high ACE scores?

Defining Resilience:

  • Can you think of a time when a parent or caretaker exhibited resilience in the face of some really tough times?
  • What gives you hope and strength during hard times?
  • What strategies or methods are helpful to build resilience in your everyday life when facing adversity?

Changing the Conversation: “What’s wrong with you?” vs. “What happened to you?”
Based on what you learned in this film, what are your thoughts about zero-tolerance policies for “bad behavior” in schools or youth-serving organizations?

How can we help children who have been exposed to trauma?

  • What are some examples of situations where you could have asked “what happened” instead?
  • What would you do differently after seeing Resilience?

Recognizing Toxic Stress

  • What is a health or social issue you noticed in the film that you were surprised tied back to ACEs and other toxic stressors?
  • What are some of the responses in this film that might help you address those issues?
  • How can you spread the word about toxic stress in your personal and professional life?

Building Collaborations

  • What are some examples of how our community is coming together? Are there other professional groups with whom you could connect?
  • The potential cost savings may appeal to the business sector; what other lessons from the film would resonate with various audiences, e.g. the faith community, law enforcement and others?

Download a complete discussion guide from Prevent Child Abuse:

Resilience Film Response

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ACEs Resources and Data

Understanding ACEs:

ACEs Resources and Data

Resilience Can Bring Back Health and Hope

ACEs Resources and Data

ACEs and Children with Special Health Care Needs

ACEs Resources and Data

ACEs Among Vermont Children

ACEs Resources and Data

Parent Child Centers Role in Identifying ACEs

“If we don’t build a system to address the needs of the youth and support the community we will still have the problem.”

Joanne LeBlanc

Orleans Southwest Superintendent