Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood. The more ACEs, the higher the risk of the individual experiencing mental illness and other chronic health problems, including substance misuse, in adolescence and adulthood. Alarmingly, the increase in ACEs during the COVID pandemic, according to a recent study, shows that nearly ¾ of high school students experienced an adverse childhood experience, and more then half experienced at least two.

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