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Published on November 4th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Resilient Richland Invites Community to Tackle Childhood Trauma

Pictured from left to right: Robert Lominack; Aditi Srivastav Bussells; Dr. Craig Witherspoon; Dr. Robin Welsh; Anita Floyd, Senior Vice President of Community Impact & Strategic Implementation, United Way of the Midlands. 

Columbia, S.C. – United Way of the Midlands announced the launch of Resilient Richland, a new initiative that aims to reduce the stigma of trauma and equip individuals and organizations with information and skills to build resilience among children and youth.

“Trauma experienced during childhood impairs development, and its harmful effects can last a lifetime,” said Anita Floyd, United Way of the Midlands’ Senior Vice President of Community Impact and Strategic Development. “The early experience of trauma is more common than people think and has a tremendous cost to our community. Sixty-seven percent of adults in Richland County have experienced at least one type of trauma before they were 18, and 14 perfect have four or more.”

Our community can help prevent trauma. But first we must acknowledge it exists. And then we must be willing to invest in the change to tackle it head on.

All children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Join us to learn about how we can transform Richland County into a trauma-informed community that can prevent and treat these toxic effects and promote the well-being of all children and families.

Resilient Richland is supported by a grant from The Nord Family Foundation and by Children’s Trust of South Carolina.

Learn more about the Richland Resilient initiative by visiting richlandresilient.org and follow @ResilientSC on Twitter for updates.

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About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With nearly 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.

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