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Check out our recent blog posts to stay up to date with our work, latest research and articles curated by the Blue Knot Foundation Marketing & Communications team. Should you have any suggestions or contributions please contact us via email: marketing@blueknot.org.au.



By Blue Knot Review editor Jane Macnaught

This short video shows the story of a small boy who grows up with ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). He says, “What is happening to me right now means I will more likely have serious health problems in middle age and die sooner that I should.” In the second part of the video the boy tells the other story of how his life changed when his family received help from the police, community nurses and the teachers at school – these few interventions helped the family navigate their difficulties and changed the outcomes for the children.

This video highlights that community education on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) will result in more help and support for families. Our video character states that – “even if it is not enough” – support can radically change outcomes for children growing up with ACEs. 
Repeated Adverse Childhood Experiences Shorten Lives And Cost more than $9.1 Billion Annually 
  View the video here.

ACEs harm children’s developing brains so profoundly that the effects show up decades later; they underpin much of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence. The 10 ACEs the researchers measured were physical, sexual and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; growing up with a family member who is depressed or diagnosed with other mental illness OR addicted to alcohol or another substance OR in prison; witnessing a mother being abused; losing a parent to separation, divorce or other reason.

There are many other types of childhood trauma. However this study focused on the 10 types listed above. Other types of trauma have a similar impact. (Read more here: https://acestoohigh.com/aces-101/)

In 2015 a report commissioned by Blue Knot Foundation – formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse found that the economic impact of unresolved childhood trauma in Australian adults was $9.1 billion annually. It was generally agreed that this figure was conservative and the real cost for Australia's estimated five million adult survivors of childhood trauma could be much higher.
This ground-breaking document remains current, as organisations and communities come to terms with the enormous potential savings from more active interventions, focussing on the core issues of trauma, rather than just addressing the symptoms. The report identifies significant cost reductions through improved training for healthcare providers around identifying underlying childhood trauma or abuse, and working effectively with survivors to empower recovery.
Cathy Kezelman, President, Blue Knot Foundation

explained to The World TODAY, on the papers’release: 

Dr Cathy Kezelman, President, Blue Knot Foundation“We engaged Pegasus Economics to do the economic modelling and what they did was use conservative estimates on every aspect and they looked at four of the major repercussions of childhood trauma and abuse: obesity, alcohol abuse, suicide, attempted suicide and mental health issues, depression.

And what that showed is that using conservative measures, which included saying that people only had one repercussion of abuse, and we know that often they're multiple, that the cost of childhood trauma in Australia is $9.1 billion per annum.”

(Read more here: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4173849.htm)

You can download a free copy of this 71 page Economic Report from our website:

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

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“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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