Counselors credit parents with attempting to break the cycle, but Guidance Center CEO Patricia Costales said she saw a need to do more. The tipping point came in 2014, when the waiting list of children needing help grew significantly. Costales said she decided it was important to educate the community about the connection between poverty and mental health, and began exploring ways to make a documentary film. The result will debut Wednesday at the Art Theatre. I knew that once we were able to help the children on the waiting list there would still be others after them in need of the same services, Costales said. That caused me to consider how much more effective we could be in helping these children if we thought of their school, their neighborhood or their community as the client. This documentary is one piece of how were broadening our focus and empowering community members through trauma-informed education to help make a difference in their schools, neighborhoods or workplaces. Costales began looking for collaborators, and found them both in Long Beach and on Catalina Island, where the Guidance Center has a satellite clinic. check out this siteBoth have a population where significantly more people live below the poverty line then the national average. Costales and clinical therapist Nathan Swaringen explain in the film how poverty can result in trauma that, in turn, causes mental health issues in children. When that situation is constant, the ongoing stress and trauma has a big impact on both adults’ and children’s brains.
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