"Childhood trauma isn't something you just get over as you grow up."
-Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Adverse Childhood Experiences TED talk

Our mission is to empower youth impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma and toxic stress through self-care and wellness-centered practices to cultivate vitality, joy and collective wellness.

Who We Are

 Breathe Boxes Organization is a 501(c)3 public charity based in Richmond, VA. We are a young organization with an ambitious charge.  We are a mental health toolbox, a resource for our young people and their families exposed to ACEs, trauma and toxic stress.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a public health crisis and we would like to empower and encourage everyone to become part of the solution.  ACEs affect 34.8 million children in the U.S. across socio-economic lines, and are linked to chronic health problems like heart disease or cancer, mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide, behavioral and learning problems, hormonal and immune systems.  

       Breathe Boxes goals are to:

  • Promote mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL) to help children cultivate self-awareness, self-expression, stress reduction, self-management and healing.
  • Teach children therapeutic wellness practices for daily self-care, to create boundaries and a sense of inner safety.
  • Bridging families experiencing hardships with resources and services to mitigate the harmful effects of trauma and toxic stress.

Fostering Empowered Wellness

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years), including: sexual abuse, emotional abuse, substance abuse. witnessing abuse, abandonment, parental separation or divorce or death, witnessing trauma or death, prenatal stress, painful medical procedures, major car accidents, involved in a natural disaster, incarcerated family members.

1 in 6

Adults experiences four or more types of ACEs

5 of 10

At least 5 of the top 10 leading causes of death are associated with ACEs.

44%

preventing ACEs could reduce the number of adults with depression by as much as 44%.

What We Do

We envision an ever-evolving circle of curiosity, connection and community – children, families, schools, communities – embodying compassionate relationships with oneself, one another and society.

Breathe Boxes Organization provides a collective impact and transformation through the following initiatives:

CURIOSITY ~
Breathe Box ~ Self-care and Mindfulness Gift Box

Our BreatheBox Initiative is a self-care and mindfulness gift box, creating an exploration sensory experience of actionable tools such as sensory products, fidget tools, educational toys, to enhance self-expression, self-growth, self-compassion, self regulation, through play, learning awareness and creativity.

For every BreatheBox sold, we will donate a box to one of our local partners who provide services to children and families.

CONNECTION ~
Wellness Practices

Teaching children, schools, and families, through Restorative Integral Support (RIS), a holistic approach that embraces mind, body, spirit, and community, through the integration of self-care and compassionate wellness practices, social-emotional learning (SEL) skills, to strengthen connections and foster collective wellness.

Our hope is to empower children and their families with skills to lessen the impact of the emotional pain and physical symptoms associated with trauma and toxic stress.

COMMUNITY ~
Pulse Check (Sunday Morning Wellness Calls)

Pulse Check is a support group for parents and families impacted by the emotional and physical effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. This group holds one-hour Sunday Zoom call sessions at 9 AM EST for parents and families as a resource to strengthen social networks, mobilize self-care and resilience.

Our intention is to create a safe space for parents, caregivers and teens to share, learn, heal, and embody compassionate relationships with oneself and one another.

Register to join our live calls.

Make an Impact

BreatheBox

Your donation will help provide an innovative self-care and mindfulness gift box for children impacted by the affects of ACEs, trauma and toxic stress.

For every BreatheBox sold, we will donate a box to one of our local partners who provide services to children and families.

Training

Your donation will help offer workshops, retreats and training in practical self-care and wellness practices.

*Mindfulness Meditation (MM)

*Somatic Experiences (SE)

*Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

 

Make an Impact

Your donation will help mitigate the health and behavioral consequences of ACEs, raise awareness, and promote healthy relationships in the family and communities.

Cultivating Wellness Practices for Self-care
- Beginning with Awareness -

One of the most important skills for self-care is the skill of awareness. What do we mean by awareness? It is the ability of bringing one’s attention to the present moment-our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surroundings with self-compassion and patience. Awareness is the first requirement for learning or change of any kind.

It's when we live in the moment.

It's when we observe our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations without judgement.

It's when we're awakened to new experiences and we learn acceptance.

It's when we learn to let go of the failures of the past and the worries of the future.

It's when we create space for others.

“With wellness practices, children discover their natural capacity, intuitive wisdom and inner power to bring balance and healing to themselves and others.”
— Capacitar for Children

Do you want to make an impact?

Change Lives With Your Gift

Giving a donation to Breathe Boxes Organization can help us reach more children and transform their lives for the better. Your kindness and generosity make it possible to do what we do. 

Thank you so much for your support!

Breathe Boxes Organization is not a crisis response center. 
Those experiencing urgent medical or psychiatric concerns should dial 911 or their local emergency agency for assistance.

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To make an offline donation toward this cause, follow these steps:

  1. Write a check payable to "Breathe Boxes"
  2. On the memo line of the check, indicate that the donation is for "Breathe Boxes"
  3. Mail your check to:

    Breathe Boxes
    111 Not A Real St.
    Anytown, CA 12345

Your tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated!

Donation Total: $100.00