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Why the Latest School Shooting Shows the Need for Both Mental Health Services and Gun Control Measures

The recent school shooting in Highland Ranch, Colorado prompted the community there to gather in a vigil to recall the heroism of one student who perished tackling the shooter, another fellow student. At one point during the vigil, the assembly…

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Why Prince Harry speaking out about trauma can help with mental health stigma

Many of the children and youth we serve have experienced great losses in their lives. For a child, the ultimate loss would be that of a parent, whether through death or because substance or alcohol use has resulted in their…

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Creating Bridges from Trauma to Happiness

At our recent donor recognition event, the Circle of Excellence dinner, the speaker, Dianne Dixon, was a very distinguished author, screen writer and one-time member of the Hillsides Board of Director who has been a voice for vulnerable children throughout…

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Why Mental Illness Isn’t to Blame for Mass Shootings

Mental health services have become a very important part of the care we offer the children, youth, and families we serve. For the majority, their need is not an indicator of chronic mental illness but rather rooted in traumas that…

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Are Children in Foster Care Overmedicated? 

Children in the foster care system have been traumatized in some way, if for no other reason that they have been removed from their families. Overmedication is a symptom of a system that is haphazard, uncoordinated, and driven by the need to safeguard its own interests rather than that of the children it serves.

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