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Reframe Children’s Mental Health Podcast

Welcome to Reframe Children’s Mental Health, a new podcast from the Hillside Atlanta Foundation. The Hillside Atlanta Foundation supports Hillside in its mission to help children and families thrive by providing outstanding residential and community behavioral health services.

Our podcast explores the latest child and family behavioral health treatment from clinical professionals and experts. You’ll hear stories of hardship and triumph as children and adolescents share their mental health journeys as they struggle and heal. We hope you will find these podcasts illuminating and inspiring, and dispel stigmas you might have regarding children’s mental health. Should you have questions, or want to learn more about Hillside, please visit our website hside.org. Learn how to support our Foundation.

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Reframe Children’s Mental Health Episodes

Episode 2 – Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation in Adolescents

Self harm and suicidal ideation among adolescents is a serious issue in our country and thanks to treatment such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), lives are being saved. On this episode of Reframe Children’s Mental Health, we hear from Maya, a Hillside client, and Christina Fiddes LCSW, a lead therapist at Hillside’s in-patient program. They discuss Maya’s recovery from self harm and suicidal ideation, what worked and how, and signs parents can look for in their children, especially under the additional pressures of enduring the pandemic.

Episode 1 – The Velez Family

Bryan Velez, 17, and his parents Wendy and Luis discuss mental health triggers and self-harm, the path through residential treatment and embracing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and ultimately adjusting to life with renewed hope as a family. Kimberly Young, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Hillside Assistant Medical Director, narrates this episode. You’ll also hear from one of our former day program clinicians, Dr. Kimberly Vay.


The Hillside Atlanta Foundation helps Hillside give healing and hope to children and their families, so that every Hillside child has the help they need to build a life worth living.

Learn more about our mission and our foundation.

Photos do not depict actual patients, in order to protect the identities of those we serve.