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As a Community Mourns, Could This Tragedy Have Been Avoided?

News of the stabbing deaths of three brothers allegedly at the hand of their father in South Los Angeles last week was devastating, not just because of the loss of these three innocent boys but because a community that had…

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Why mental health services must be kept separate

Since February, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has been studying a proposal to create a mega health care agency that would oversee the Departments of Health, Mental Health, and Public Health, driven by the goal to provide an…

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Mental Health Series Part 3: 3 Easy Techniques to Be Happier and More Focused

By the Hillsides Self-Care Committee In our final installment in honor of Mental Health Month, here are some of the best tips culled from recent wellness tips written by Hillsides self-care committee or other Hillsides staffers.   Don’t wait to try…

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Mental Health Series Part 2: Have you had Your Vitamin D Today?

By Alison Bell Some people de-stress through exercise.  Some through meditation.  Others find ample doses of chocolate works best.  But one surprisingly effective method you might not have tried is hand drumming. Playing a hand drum, such as a bongo…

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Why Freddie Gray matters to all of us

Approximately a third of the residents we serve in the residential treatment program are African American. Every time an incident like that of the death of Freddie Gray occurs , I am reminded that the African-American residents we serve are…

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