Hillside Blog

Mindfulness – Practicing Mindfulness as School Ends, A DBT Perspective 

By Vanessa Hernandez | May 14, 2024
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It’s natural to look forward to summer and the end of the school year with excitement and plans for what to do during that time. However, for some people, boredom can feel daunting and lead to negative emotions. Boredom can be uncomfortable, especially if we struggle with ruminating over that feeling. Mindfulness…

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How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | May 14, 2024
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How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

The adolescent years are full of milestones and changes, and not all of them are easy. Between navigating school and familial obligations and developing their own identity, teens can easily become overwhelmed. This overwhelm can compound and spiral into more serious concerns, such as depression and suicidal ideation. If you’re…

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Bullying and Suicide: Their Connection (And How to Prevent It)

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | May 7, 2024
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Bullying and Suicide: Their Connection (And How to Prevent It)

Bullying comes in many shapes and forms, including physical contact, words, actions or other kinds of aggressive behavior. It is often directly or indirectly targeted at a specific person with the intention of causing humiliation or harm. With unrestricted access to the internet and social media, bullying has also developed…

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Perfection: How to deal with the pressure to be perfect, avoid setting impossible standards

By Roy Chancey, LCSW, ACCFC | April 17, 2024
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Perfectionism is a trap that we unwittingly set for ourselves. So, when does perfectionism become maladaptive? Ascribing to themes associated with inferiority, unworthiness, failure, and guilt constitutes maladaptive perfectionism. It masks overcompensating. Maladaptive perfectionism can be described as a trait involving extremely high performance standards and an obsessive concern over…

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The Sanctuary Model

By Kimberly Young, DNP-ENL, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC | February 26, 2024
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Hillside is thrilled to announce our commitment to transforming our culture and organizational structure by adopting the Sanctuary Model. This trauma-informed approach will foster a community built on connection and compassion, enhancing our clients’ and staff’s care and experience. By integrating the Sanctuary Model with our existing organizational and therapeutic…

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Bringing Awareness To & Regulating Stress

By Justus Bowland Gleason | February 16, 2024
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Stress is one of the great mysteries of the universe. With it, our days seem to last forever, and there is always something else to do. Without it, some of us would never finish important projects by their deadline or even get out of bed, for that matter. So, what…

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Inside the Children’s Mental Health Crisis: Understanding Trigger Factors & What You Can Do

By Kimberly Young, DNP-ENL, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC | January 30, 2024
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Children’s mental health has become an increasingly critical concern for parents and caregivers. Between social media, online content, and video games, a new era has emerged that presents both opportunities and challenges for the younger generation. From the aftermath of COVID-19 isolation to the nuanced patterns of technology use, parents…

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Questions to Ask When Looking for a PHP/IOP Program for Your Teen

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | January 30, 2024
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Your child’s mental health is extremely important. Do not be shy about asking questions about any treatment program you are considering for your teen. Any reputable program should be happy to take the time to ensure that you have all the information you need and that you feel comfortable trusting…

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Top Reasons Teens Don’t Receive Treatment

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | January 29, 2024
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Top Reasons Teens Don't Receive Treatment

Teenagers face many challenges, and one of the most significant obstacles is managing their mental health, including seeking help for conditions like anxiety and depression. While speaking about these conditions might be more acceptable now than before, it doesn’t minimize the struggles teens face when living with mental health illnesses.  That’s why…

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Parenting in the Tech World

By RJ Manradgh, LPC, NCC, CPCS | January 22, 2024
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Parenting in the tech world is hard. Figuring out how to balance encouraging a healthy relationship with technology and safeguarding your child’s mental well-being has become increasingly difficult. This article offers insightful recommendations and practical tips, including defining key terms, implementing effective behavioral plans, and addressing cultural influences. With better…

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