The first week of Mental Health Awareness month is dedicated to children’s mental health. ACEs and mental health Early adversity is linked to poor health later in life. 1 The more ACEs … Children, between the ages of 1 and 17, are at risk for experiencing adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by Emily Cline. When we examine the ACEs scores of Wisconsin residents living with mental or physical health conditions, we see that, in nearly every case, rates of negative health outcomes rise as individuals’ ACEs … 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. … Prior to the pandemic, children were already experiencing more mental health concerns, including escalating rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide rates tripling from 2007-2017 for those ages 10-14 years old. Researchers expect the post-pandemic mental health crisis to cause these numbers to rise even more. ACEs … experiences (ACEs) can contribute significantly to negative adult physical and mental health outcomes and affect more than 60% of adults.1,2 This continues to be reaffirmed with more recent studies. Similarly, the higher a person’s ACES score is, the more likely he or she is to experience psychological and behavioral issues like anxiety, depression, and addiction.