Hillside Blog

Amy Rene & Christina Kennedy Talk Back-to-School Stress & Anxiety During the Pandemic

By Sarah | August 25, 2021
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WBS-TV – Christina Kennedy talks about her experience sending her daughter back to school during the pandemic and the anxiety her daughter felt being around a lot of people again. Practicing deep breathing and meditation has helped work through some of those challenges and has her daughter smiling again. Amy Rene also shares her experience…

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Why Do Individuals Self-Harm?

By Sarah | August 12, 2021
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Self-harm is a common behavior, particularly among young people. It’s estimated that approximately 18% of adolescents overall have harmed themselves intentionally. Females are at greatest risk of engaging in self-injury, with nearly 24% of female adolescents having self-harmed. Although any person can self-harm at any age, this behavior often begins during the pre-teen and teenage years, when…

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How to Deal with the Stress and Anxiety of Going Back to School

By Sarah | August 11, 2021
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Summer break and summer vacations were exciting, and now it is time to get ready for the new school year. Many parents are asking what can they do as the stress, anxiety, and depression from last school year has carried over for many children. The main stressors we are hearing about is anxiety around COVID-19…

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Gaan Akers Discusses the Increases in Teen Suicide Attempts on CNN

By Sarah | July 23, 2021
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New Day Weekend with Amara Walker & Gaan Akers of Hillside, Inc. – CNN Interview, Sun 6/13/21 Amara Walker from CNN’s New Day Weekend interviews Gaan Akers, Clinical Education Manager at Hillside, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. Amara and Gaan talk about the increases in suicide attempts in teen girls and boys, ages 12-17. They talk…

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Managing New Situations and Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

By Roy Chancey | July 22, 2021
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It’s  human nature to be scared when we try something new but we are also scared when we don’t! Social psychology shows that avoidance of something novel impacts our well being just as much as actually doing it. So, we simply can’t escape the emotional impact of every action we make. Life has conveniently built…

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What Does Self-Care Really Mean?

By Kendra | June 18, 2021
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Self-care has become a hot topic in recent years and rightfully so! Taking the time to care for ourselves is so crucial to not only our mental health but our overall wellness. But what is self-care really? A bubble bath or vacation may come to mind; however, self-care actually goes much deeper than that. Self-care…

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Emily Acker and Gaan Akers of Hillside on The Weekly Checkup

By Sarah | June 16, 2021
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 Speaker  0:00   Welcome to the weekly checkup brought to you by Georgia neurology. I’m your host, Dr. Bruce Feinberg. And there are a few areas of healthcare that have had so few advancements that get so little attention, as does mental health, it’s been talked about in this country for decades now. So many…

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Debunking Myths About Mental Health

By Christina | May 5, 2021
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a month to provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness. Part of advocating for mental health is fighting the stigmas and debunking myths that surround mental health. To do this we have to first understand what mental health is.  Everyone…

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Therapeutic Benefits of Pets

By Sarah | April 14, 2021
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Bringing a pet into your home comes with many considerations. As a Psychotherapist who practices Animal Assisted Therapy with my 4-legged teammate, Leah, I have seen the amazing benefits an animal can bring to a therapy session. Studies have shown that cortisol levels (the stress hormone) decrease significantly when there is an animal in the…

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Building Resilience

By Amy | February 19, 2021
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For my entire twenty-seven-year career of working as a clinical social worker, I have been trying to figure out what resilience is and how to give it to more people. I have seen resilience in individuals who suffer horrendous abuse, illness, and life circumstances and still be able to survive and flourish. I have witnessed…

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