Lyrical Healing Inc
About our Mission
Lyrical Healing Inc is a 501 C3 Non-Profit Youth Music Organization. We offer free music courses to teens from adverse environments as a positive outlet for self-expression and stress relief. We are also advocating for the understanding and furthered education of “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs), the study that links adverse upbringings such as abuse and neglect, directly to adult chronic illnesses. We aim to be the intervention between the adversity and the negative life long impacts it can create.
What are ACEs?
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events occurring before age 18. ACEs include all types of abuse and neglect as well as parental mental illness, substance use, divorce, incarceration, and domestic violence. A landmark study in the 1990s found a significant relationship between the number of ACEs a person experienced and a variety of negative outcomes in adulthood, including poor physical and mental health, substance abuse, and risky behaviors.1 The more ACEs experienced, the greater the risk for these outcomes. By definition, children in the child welfare system have suffered at least one ACE. Recent studies have shown that, in comparison to the general population, these children are far more likely to have experienced at least four ACEs (42 percent vs. 12.5 percent).
Research about the lifelong impact of ACEs underscores the urgency of prevention activities to protect children from these and other early traumas. When children do experience trauma, understanding the impact of ACEs can lead to more trauma-informed interventions that help to mitigate negative outcomes. Many communities are now exploring how a focus on reducing ACEs can help prevent child maltreatment, produce healthier outcomes for children and families, and save costs down the road.
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