On April 20, Universal Parenting Places (UPP) in Memphis, judgment-free zones where parents can receive professional counseling, information and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, was the focus of an in-depth national television news feature that aired across the U.S. on PBS NewsHour. PBS NewsHour attracts more than four million viewers each week.
The UPPs, with locations at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Knowledge Quest, seek to move Memphis from a remedial and stigmatized approach to behavioral and emotional health focused on treatment, to a proactive, welcoming and fun method that builds healthy relationships from the beginning of life. The first UPPs opened in Memphis nearly one year ago. Building off the success of the original locations, two additional UPPs locations will be announced in the coming weeks.
In January, 2015, the ACE Awareness Foundation released data showing a direct link between chronic exposure to traumatic events throughout childhood, known as “adverse childhood experiences” or “ACEs,” and negative behaviors and health conditions as adults.
According to the Survey, 52 percent of adults in Shelby County report having experienced at least one ACE.
The UPPs are intended to prevent those traumatic childhood experiences.
About ACE Awareness Foundation
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Awareness Foundation informs the community about the role of emotional trauma in mental, physical, and behavioral health, and implements innovative models that provide preventable and sustainable solutions to reducing toxic stress in family systems. The Foundation launched, and currently administers, the ACE Task Force of Shelby County, the Universal Parenting Places, and a statewide community awareness initiative in partnership with the State of Tennessee.
About Universal Parenting Places
Established in April 2015, Universal Parenting Places are judgment-free zones where parents can receive professional counseling, information and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how small. The UPP at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women location recently was named among four programs from across the nation named a Program of Promise through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards. Learn more about the UPP’s at at www.shelbycountyupp.com, on Twitter @uppshelbyco and on Facebook at www.fb.com/uppshelbycounty.
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