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Our Mission

Skyland Trail inspires people with mental illness to thrive through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, integrated medical care, research and education.

About Us

Located in Atlanta, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older. Our goal is to help individuals recover from mental illness and live as independently and successfully as possible in the community.

Who We Treat

We treat adults ages 18 and older with mood and thought disorders, including bipolar illness, major depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. We specialize in treating patients who have complex diagnoses involving substance misuse or personality disorders and those who have physical health needs in addition to psychiatric needs. While our clients are largely from Georgia and the southeast we have many clients from across the U.S. and a few from around the world.

Continuum of Care

We offer a unique continuum of care – from intensive, 24/7 residential care, to comprehensive psychiatric assessment, to job coaching and social opportunities for individuals living in the community.

Mind, Body and Spirit

Our holistic treatment model integrates strategies to help clients improve mental health, physical wellness, spiritual strength and relationships with family and friends.

  • In addition to helping our clients through effective medications and psychotherapy, we offer art, music, horticultural and recreation therapies; pastoral counseling; and family therapy.
  • In classroom-like settings, we educate clients about their mental illness and teach strategies they can use to cope with stress and prevent relapse.
  • We are one of only a few programs in the country to integrate medical care and mental health treatment.

Guided by Science

Our expert treatment team applies leading-edge therapeutic approaches shown to be effective in supporting successful long-term recovery.

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Our History

Skyland Trail began with the determination of Atlanta business leader Charles B. West. Through a friend's experience, he learned of a void in mental illness treatment. In the early 1980s the dominant treatment model in Atlanta was hospitalization. There were no residential psychiatric treatment programs with the goal of reintegrating back into the community. 

Nearing retirement from the family business, West Lumber Company, he turned his energies to the new cause, and in 1982 he established The George West Mental Health Foundation, named for his father. He recruited a committed board of directors, and they studied programs and innovations across the nation that looked beyond short-term stabilization to long-term recovery. The first facility opened in 1989, a treatment residence called Skyland Trail, and this name quickly became the foundation’s identity. 

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Recognition & Awards

American Psychiatric Association Gold Award

Rosalynn Carter/Johnson & Johnson Caregiver Award

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Managing for Excellence Award

11-Alive Community Service Award 

Georgia Center for Non-Profits Revolutions Award

Joint Commission National Quality Gold Seal of Approval Since 1995