Hillside Blog

A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Standpoint on Gratitude

By Brian Fenstermacher | November 14, 2022
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When you think of gratitude, what comes up for you? Some individuals believe gratitude is simply being thankful or navigating through life with a positive attitude. Gratitude is so much more than having a positive outlook and being grateful. Research has shown that gratitude helps us appreciate the good things in life. Gratitude increases our…

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The New Mental Health Parity Act

By Sarah | August 31, 2022
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Many advocates, agencies, families and caregivers are celebrating a roller coaster 2022 General Assembly with the passage of HB 1013, otherwise known as the Mental Health Parity Act. One component of the bill addresses the parity law that has been on the books for years, but never adequately enforced. Now with the passage of this…

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Finding Clarity Through Compassion: Mental Health in the Music Charts

By Sarah | August 31, 2022
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American singer-songwriter Em Beihold’s song “Numb Little Bug” went viral on TikTok in early 2022. In her lyrics, Beihold asks the listener: “Do you ever get a little bit tired of life? Like you’re not really happy/but you don’t wanna die?” The album art features Beihold wearing bug wings and leaning against a pink pill…

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Finding Clarity Through Compassion: Issue 2. Trauma and the Algorithm

By Sarah | July 20, 2022
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Trauma- books about it dominate bestseller’s list, movies exploit it and prosper at the box office, new social media trends about it pop up everyday: undeniably, pop culture is obsessed with the idea of trauma. The definition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is…

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How to Set Goals and Redefine Success

By Jennifer | July 18, 2022
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If you are like most, odds are you have felt stuck in one area or another in your life. Knowing what direction to go in or what goal to go after next can be hard to determine in these moments where we feel stuck. To get past the first state of change and to move…

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Precautions

By Sarah | June 17, 2022
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Mental Health Facility Precautions and Actions During COVID As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, Hillside is committed to prioritizing safety for our clients, their families, and our employees. Using the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Coronavirus Task Force, comprised of Hillside leaders, meets several times per…

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How to Support Someone Who is Struggling

By Dionna | June 16, 2022
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It seems that over the past few years, especially with the pandemic and recent current events, that there are more people struggling emotionally. With more access to World News, social media posts, TiKToK trends, and Google searches, seemingly everyone has a self-diagnosed mental health condition. In reality, reportedly 25% more individuals have been diagnosed with…

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Finding Clarity Through Compassion Issue I. What Euphoria Can Teach Us About Compassion?

By Sarah | June 2, 2022
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The hit HBO series Euphoria is a boundary-pushing show. Depicting the “real” lives of teenagers, it is a contemporary version of Degrassi and Skins. Some, especially parents, worry that Euphoria’s graphic depictions of substance abuse, domestic violence, and a myriad of other complex issues are too heavy and too inappropriate for young audiences. What is…

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Hillside’s in the Media – Podcast Features & Interviews

By Sarah | April 7, 2022
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We at Hillside have dedicated ourselves to improving the lives of children and families since 1888. We have supported young people and their families in many different ways throughout the years. In recent years, Hillside became focused on providing evidence-based mental health treatment for young people, ages 6-24, and their families. Through various levels of…

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How to File a Mental Health Parity Claim

By Sarah | April 6, 2022
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How to File a Mental Health Parity Claim

One in six children have mental, behavioral or developmental disorders. Without the proper treatment, the symptoms of various mental health conditions can have severe implications on a person’s life. Through mental health parity, a person can receive the care they need to improve their quality of life. Learn what mental health parity is, how it…

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