Hillside Blog - Suicidal Thoughts

How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / May 14, 2024

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…

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LGBTQ Suicide Rates — Why LGBTQ Communities Are at Higher Risk

LGBTQ Suicide Rates — Why LGBTQ Communities Are at Higher Risk

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / June 30, 2023

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…

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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.

How Do Suicides Differ Among Minority Communities?

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / May 25, 2023

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…

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Adolescent Suicide Risk Factors, Warning Signs & Protective Factors

Adolescent Suicide Risk Factors, Warning Signs & Protective Factors

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / January 12, 2022

Adolescent suicide can be a difficult topic to face, but it is one of the most important concepts for parents and guardians to recognize to…

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