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LGBTQ Suicide Rates — Why LGBTQ Communities Are at Higher Risk

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | June 30, 2023
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LGBTQ Suicide Rates — Why LGBTQ Communities Are at Higher Risk

Members of the LGBTQ community are at a higher risk of suicide than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Studies show LGBTQ individuals are up to three times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual individuals, with factors like discrimination, family rejection and lack of support and resources contributing to these rates.  Promoting…

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How to Support Someone who is Struggling

By RJ Manradgh, LPC, NCC, CPCS | June 19, 2023
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Supporting someone who is struggling is no easy task. Both being mindful of what they need and how to best communicate with them are critical to this process. Our natural inclination when someone close to us (whether it be a friend, close loved one, or your own adolescent) expresses an…

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How Do Suicides Differ Among Minority Communities?

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | May 25, 2023
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A minority woman is sitting on a roof. She has a sorrow expression, like she's thinking about something that upsets her.

Suicide is complex, and people with specific backgrounds and identities are at higher risk. Specifically, minority communities face disproportionate factors linked to suicide, like substance use, health disparities, physical or mental health problems and financial concerns. Additionally, anyone who has experienced violence, including adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) like physical abuse,…

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Changing the Mental Health Landscape in Georgia

By Lara Muster, Clinical Intern | April 25, 2023
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“If I had learned about my mental health earlier on—been taught about my condition in school the way I was taught about other subjects — my journey could have looked very different.” -Selena Gomez Singer and Songwriter, Selena Gomez, bravely shares her struggle with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder throughout…

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The Importance of Community and Building a Network of Support

By Kelly Brown | March 28, 2023
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Everyone’s heard that it takes a tribe–what does it mean to have a tribe in today’s society? Families and children having natural support have shown lots of benefits to mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that having a community can decrease loneliness, increase positive emotions, reduce stress, provide a sense…

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Overcontrolled Behavior vs. Undercontrolled Behavior

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | January 30, 2023
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A woman sits on the edge of a bed. She looks sad and concerned, with her fist in her hand and her elbows on her knees.

As children grow and their personalities continue to develop, many engage in distinct patterns of behavior that may become ingrained. There is a wide range of behavior considered normal and healthy, but some children’s behavior becomes problematic in ways that can affect their mental health in the long term if…

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Finding Clarity Through Compassion: Wild Geese and New Year’s Resolutions

By Sloan Drechselv | January 18, 2023
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By Sloan Drechsel, Hillside Intern Every year, there is a surge in new gym memberships purchased, new faces at pottery classes, and new health kicks started, all in pursuit of that elusive goal: sticking with the New Year’s Resolution. But here’s a statistic that won’t surprise you: only 9% of…

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Finding Clarity Through Compassion: What the Serenity Prayer Can Teach Us About Doomscrolling

By Sloan Drechselv | January 18, 2023
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This prayer, commonly referred to as the “Serenity Prayer,”  is often associated with twelve-step programs seeking to help those struggling with the centuries-old problem of addiction. H

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A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Standpoint on Gratitude

By Brian Fenstermacher | November 14, 2022
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by Brian Fensternacher 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…

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The New Mental Health Parity Act

By Evan Pearson CFRE, CAP® | 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…

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