Hillside Blog - Mental Health

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6 Ways to Support a Friend With a Mental Illness

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / February 12, 2018

Mental illness has a negative stigma in our society, so many times people don’t want to talk about it. But the truth is, people struggling with mental illnesses need the support of friends and family. Learning more about specific mental conditions and how to compassionately provide support for a friend who is suffering can help overcome the negative stereotypes. Read more.

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How DBT Can Help Children & Adolescents Who’ve Experienced Trauma

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / November 16, 2017

The experience of trauma can bring about unwanted emotions and unhealthy ways to deal with the intense emotions. Parents may find it challenging to be supportive of their child when they see their child using maladaptive behaviors to cope with the unwanted feelings. Learn how DBT might be the right option for your child or teen!

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How to Talk to Friends and Family About Your Mental Illness

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / September 7, 2017

It can be difficult to talk about mental illness with family and friends. There is a negative stigma in our society attached to people with mental health issues. You may want to discuss mental illness with friends, for instance, but fear harsh judgments. When a mental illness becomes part of your life, either through personal experience or from one of your children, it is helpful to know how to talk to your friends and family about it. Learn how here!

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