The first week of Mental Health Awareness month is dedicated to children’s mental health. 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. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by Emily Cline. ACEs and mental health Early adversity is linked to poor health later in life. Children, between the ages of 1 and 17, are at risk for experiencing adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. 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 … 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. 1 The more ACEs … … Researchers expect the post-pandemic mental health crisis to cause these numbers to rise even more. 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. 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.