Emily Acker, Hillside CEO & President in Atlanta

Hillside Will Not Stand For Racism

As a non-profit organization serving children, we are gifted with a platform to speak for children who suffer, for families who suffer, for the importance of mental health, and for equal access to healthcare. We are advocates and we take the role of advocacy very seriously. (Advocate is defined as one who pleads the cause of another; one who defends or maintains a cause or proposal; one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause of group.)

In the last few weeks, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have been senselessly murdered. When civil and human rights are violated, we must say something. We must do something. As an organization and a community of caregivers, Hillside will not stand for racism or violence in our community.

I know how to perform in the role of child advocate, family advocate, and mental health advocate. I am committed to learning to be a better advocate for Black Americans and people of color. I commit to humbly follow leaders and activists of integrity who promote change through peaceful means. I will move forward with my heart and eyes wide open. I will not be silent.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.


Emily R. Acker
President & CEO

A letter from our CEO

It is my great pleasure to welcome you on behalf of Hillside, which has served children and families for over 130 years. Our enduring legacy of care has been made possible through many decades of community support, as well as the tireless work and expertise of our dedicated professionals.

Hillside is committed to evolving alongside ongoing advancements in mental healthcare. We employ evidence-based therapeutic modalities, rooted in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, to deliver residential, community intervention, treatment foster care, in-home services, and our specialized day program, Experience DBT. This year, we also launched our #ReframeMentalHealth campaign on social media encouraging conversations to help end the stigma around mental health.

As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, Hillside is able to provide a growing array of services thanks to the generosity of our supporters. If you are moved by our important work and wish to assist us in our mission to provide Healing and Hope, please consider making a donation.


Emily R. Acker
President & CEO

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