People who have experienced abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as living with domestic violence during their childhood, are at much greater risk of mental illness throughout life.
This study published by Public Health Wales found that adults who had suffered four or more types of ACE were almost ten times more likely to have felt suicidal or self-harmed than those who had experienced none.
The report explores the associations between ACEs, resilience and the development of mental illness over the life course. Findings identify the strong relationships between ACEs and mental illness and the potential benefits of building resilience to protect those who suffer ACEs from developing mental illness; as well as improving mental health more broadly cross the population. Click here to read the report as an online pdf