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June 11, 2019

Planned Giving: Ellen and Roland Behm

Planned Giving: Ellen and Roland Behm

Marzena Holly was our son’s primary counselor during his time at Skyland Trail. Theirs was a challenging relationship, one built not on sunshine and light but on hard truths and fierce wills. ...Read More >

May 28, 2019

What Parents Should Know About Youth Athletics and Mental Health

What Parents Should Know About Youth Athletics and Mental Health

For decades, youth sports in the United States has been an avenue for kids of all ages to make friends, be physically active, challenge themselves, and learn skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, an...Read More >

April 29, 2019

George's Story

The following speech was delivered by George L., a Skyland Trail alumni, to the Skyland Trail Financial Aid committee. "Among other things, my time at Skyland Trail has been an education, not solely ...Read More >

March 27, 2019

The 7 Ways Skyland Trail Attacks Treatment-Resistant Depression

The 7 Ways Skyland Trail Attacks Treatment-Resistant Depression

According to the World Health Organization, one in four people worldwide will experience some form of mental disorder during their lifetime, such as depression or anxiety. Of those nearly 450 million ...Read More >

February 28, 2019

Evidence-based Mental Health Treatment for Trauma

Research shows that trauma – particularly adverse childhood events (trauma that occurs before ages 5 or 6) – is very predictive of developing all mental illnesses. When we talk about so...Read More >

January 30, 2019

Mindful Social Media Use For Mental Health Recovery

Mindful Social Media Use For Mental Health Recovery

From the first thing in the morning after turning off an alarm to the last thing at night—often long after the lights are turned out—people are glued to their phones and social media. Scro...Read More >

December 11, 2018

My son, Tommy

Skyland Trail gave my son back to me. It’s as simple as that. At age 21, Tommy had a mental health crisis that required hospitalization in November 2015. I knew he was struggling but didn&rsq...Read More >

December 01, 2018

Letters: Nell R.

Nell's son received treatment at Skyland Trail in 2018. Financial aid helped her son fully engage in treatment and helped her family heal. Dear Skyland Trail: I feel compelled to write this letter o...Read More >

November 20, 2018

4 Strategies to Maintain Sobriety During the Holidays

This article is reposted from November 2016. Giving the gift of recovery to ourselves and the people we love By Emily Giattina, LCSW, Dual Diagnosis Counselor, Skyland Trail The holidays can b...Read More >

November 13, 2018

Psychosis: Diagnosis and Treatment

What is psychosis? Psychosis is not a diagnosis, but rather a symptom of several psychiatric illnesses. Individuals experiencing psychosis may have trouble distinguishing which of their perceptions a...Read More >

November 10, 2018

Grateful Family: The Gift of a Future

Like many of the families who have been treated at Skyland Trail, we were surprised and unprepared when it became apparent that our daughter was living with mental illness.  We felt isolated and ...Read More >

November 05, 2018

Alumni Reflection: Recovery is a Process

  This spring of 2018, Arts in the Garden gave me the perfect excuse to drive to Atlanta for the weekend. It was wonderful to see my amazing staff again, as well as several fellow clients with w...Read More >

October 08, 2018

Chad's Story: Learning to Live in the Moment

“Fishing was among the first things I learned how to do with my father,” reflects Chad H. “And now when I am in the water, I think of only the best things that have been pa...Read More >

September 27, 2018

Giving Inspired by Friends and Motivated by Family

We first learned about Skyland Trail when we attended Benefits of Laughter as a guest of Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher. We were so impressed. And we continued to learn more about the important work...Read More >

August 27, 2018

The Search for Hope

Pictured above: Susan with her daughter, Darienne, and granddaughter, Madison I entered the mental health morass as the result of helping my daughter and her husband find a treatment program for my t...Read More >

August 22, 2018

High Achievers with High Anxiety

BY RAYMOND J. KOTWICKI, MD, MPH, SKYLAND TRAIL CHARLES B. WEST CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER Do you know someone who is a successful entrepreneur, coach of the neighborhood soccer team, and PTA treasurer? Do...Read More >

July 27, 2018

Melissa's Story

  I’m 27 years old. I have struggled for most of my adult life with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety. Despite working in the field myself as a mental health professional...Read More >

July 23, 2018

Treatment for Anxiety at 42: Lauren's Journey

I always knew what mental illness was, what it looked like and how it affected others by virtue of my family’s history of depression and bipolar disorder.  In my early teens, I was aware th...Read More >

June 18, 2018

Crucial Conversations: Discussing suicide and mental health

Dr. Raymond J. Kotwicki, Skyland Trail Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer, recently offered these thoughts on discussing suicide and suicide prevention. With the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony B...Read More >

June 18, 2018

Victor's Journey

When I came here I was an internal mess. I had been hospitalized twice in the past four months and had hurt myself days before my intake.  I was sort of looking for a quick fix, a place that woul...Read More >

June 08, 2018

Jackie and Tony Montag: We believe in Skyland Trail

We have been involved with Skyland Trail for many years. Every interaction, from attending fundraising and educational events, to participating in financial aid committee meetings, to volunteering wit...Read More >

May 15, 2018

Rachel's Story

Rachel completed the psychiatric treatment program at Skyland Trail, learning skills to help manage her mental illness. Watch her story of recovery below.  Rachel's Story from Skyland Tra...Read More >

May 04, 2018

Celebrating Moms Who Support Recovery

“When I was in the hospital in Florida, I decided I didn’t want to be there and was going to leave. I called my mom and said, ‘Mom I’m discharging.’ She said, ‘No, ...Read More >

April 30, 2018

A Family's Last Resort

Skyland Trail was our family’s last resort to help our youngest daughter. We felt like we had tried everything and we did not know where else to go. Our daughter’s diagnosis was elusive,a...Read More >

April 25, 2018

Sarah's Story

My name is Sarah. I'm 36 years old and I would not be here without the help of Skyland Trail and financial aid. I was born and raised in South Carolina. About 12 years ago, a job transferred me to At...Read More >

March 20, 2018

Comparing Bipolar Disorder vs Borderline Personality Disorder

Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are two mental illnesses that can cause significant disability and disruption in someone’s life. Despite being commonly grouped together or e...Read More >

March 14, 2018

Onset of Mental Illness: First Signs and Symptoms in Young Adults

You may think that once you’re out of high school, you’re finished growing up. Physically, you’re probably as tall as you will ever get, and from this point forward, you may remain t...Read More >

March 01, 2018

In My Grandfather's Footsteps: A Legacy of Giving

When I made my first gift to Skyland Trail, I gave in memory of Charles West, the founder of Skyland Trail. My grandfather, Alvin Barge, served on the board of Skyland Trail for many years becaus...Read More >

February 22, 2018

One Family's Path: Moving Forward by Giving Back

Anjali's father died from suicide when she was 8 years old. Forced to grow up quickly, Anjali became her mother's helper and cared for her siblings, including her youngest sister, Shanti. Many years ...Read More >

February 12, 2018

Creating a Brighter Outlook on Depression

What is major depression? Major depressive disorder, also called major depression or unipolar depression, is a serious mood disorder with severe symptoms that can interfere with a person’s ...Read More >

January 29, 2018

A Grateful Family: One Mother's Story

We are a grateful family.  Our son started in the Skyland Trail day treatment program in 2014, after leaving college due to a major depressive episode.  Previously our son had been...Read More >

January 04, 2018

Understanding Cutting and Self-Harming Behaviors

Skyland Trail Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ray Kotwicki, discusses cutting and self-harm behaviors and how they are treated. Individuals who cut themselves or engage in other self-injurious behaviors o...Read More >

January 03, 2018

A Place to Start: Kari's Road to Wellness

I took a surfing lesson this morning. I also took one back in 2008. The two lessons could not have been more different. The one back in 2008 was in Costa Rica and it was on a whim; I was followin...Read More >

December 12, 2017

Ways to Cope with Loneliness Over the Holidays

Holidays don't have to feel lonely. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Primary Counselor, Luke Smith, LMSW shares tips on ways to stay socially connected over the holidays. Plan ahead and reach out. ...Read More >

November 30, 2017

Using Spiritual Practices to Cope with Difficult Emotions During the Holidays

While the holiday season is an exciting time of year, for some the holiday bustle can elicit difficult or uncomfortable emotions. At Skyland Trail, we offer various spirituality groups throughout the ...Read More >

November 21, 2017

How to Eat Healthy During the Holidays

SkylandTrail Registered Dietitian, Chelsea Hrovat, shares some tips on how to eat healthy during the holidays. Watch her video below and check out our Pinterest Board filled with healthy recipes....Read More >

October 25, 2017

Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace

Everyone experiences job-related stress. Whether it's communicating with multiple people, juggling responsibilities or adhering to deadlines, workplace stressors are common. Short-term stressful momen...Read More >

October 11, 2017

The Power of Your Story

“When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.” ― Iyanla Vanzant This quote is exactly what the STEP edu...Read More >

October 06, 2017

Graduate Publishes Journal on Personal Recovery

Skyland Trail graduate, Beth Shaifer, has published a journal, Into the Moments of Light: A Gardener’s Journal, in which she shares her personal story of recovery from depression, anxiety, and d...Read More >

October 02, 2017

I don’t have to live in chaos anymore

For the last 10 years I had been in and out of treatment, but was not officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder until April 2017. I was very resistant to medication and seeing a therapist consistentl...Read More >

September 14, 2017

New Service Offered For Out of Town Alumni

Skyland Trail recently launched a new addition to the alumni program. Starting September 7, the alumni program offers a monthly peer support call to alumni who live outside the metro Atlanta area. Whi...Read More >

September 13, 2017

How to treat your depression while caring for your children

Parenting can be hard at the best of times. When you're struggling with depression, you might feel like you can’t provide the care and support your children need. There are many things you can d...Read More >

September 07, 2017

Continuum of Care

Our continuum of care is one of the things that makes us unique. Many times people who enter psychiatric treatment programs find that transitions are abrupt and they have to change from a very support...Read More >

August 25, 2017

A Positive Outlook on Living With Bipolar Disorder: An Interview With Melody Moezzi

People rarely view psychiatric conditions in a positive light. In the U.S. and other countries worldwide, mental illness carries a stigma. Social and perceived stigmas impact people diagnosed with a ...Read More >

August 03, 2017

4 Differences Between CBT and DBT and How to Tell Which is Right for You

Psychotherapy is one of the best treatment methods available for a number of mental illnesses. One of the most common types of therapy is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Also called talk th...Read More >

July 19, 2017

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Clients in the psychiatric residential and day treatment programs at Skyland Trail benefit from a powerful mix of evidence-based therapeutic approaches.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT...Read More >

July 17, 2017

What’s the Right Level of Psychiatric Treatment for You?

Finding the right level of psychiatric treatment can make the difference between recovering and getting stuck in the cycle of your symptoms. There are many factors that will determine what kind of tre...Read More >

July 03, 2017

Volunteering Through A New Lens

Clyde Click reflects on his experience at Skyland Trail as a volunteer photography instructor. In partnership with the horticultural therapy team, Clyde teaches a weekly "Picnic and Photography" lesso...Read More >

June 12, 2017

Graduate Reflection: Finding Happiness

I have experienced anxiety all of my life. It started out small, then grew after some trauma. I started therapy my senior year in high school. I became depressed in winter 2015. A teacher found out ab...Read More >

June 01, 2017

Challenges and Choices: Three Barriers Families Face When Supporting Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation process can be one of the most challenging aspects of supporting a loved one through their treatment. In our work with various clients and their families and friends, we ...Read More >

May 18, 2017

Graduate Reflection: Learning to Fly

In early September, any strengthening qualities I had were almost snuffed out by my unhealthy thoughts and actions by someone who I thought loved and cared for me. At the exact right time, my family t...Read More >

May 03, 2017

Why We Give

Together, gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations ensure that hundreds of clients and families find hope, a new beginning, and a better future at Skyland Trail. “Delta is co...Read More >

April 26, 2017

Graduate Reflection: Finding a Life Worth Living

I had been miserable for the past 20 years. I didn’t know who I was, and I never was given the space to figure that out.  For years, I had been seeing a psychiatrist for a l...Read More >

April 20, 2017

4 Ways Families Can Show Their Support

Families play an important role in the recovery of a loved one. Oftentimes, it may be difficult for families to know what approach is best when supporting a loved one. Skyland Trail Psychiatrist, Dr. ...Read More >

April 05, 2017

Understanding Midlife Depression

The first episode of mood disorders like bipolar illness and major depressive disorder typically occurs in adolescence or early adulthood. However many adults in their 30s, 40s, 50s or older begin to ...Read More >

March 15, 2017

10 Reasons to Choose Skyland Trail

Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization treating adults ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Through our residential and day treatm...Read More >

March 02, 2017

Embracing the Journey

Skyland Trail alumni, Sarah R. recently shared the reflection below on her graduation day. “Owning our own story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.&n...Read More >

February 24, 2017

Mindfulness Resources

Andrea Schklar, AM, MSW, is a primary counselor. See her recommendations for mindfulness resources below. Mindfulness can be an important part of maintaining our mental health. It is an integral part...Read More >

February 24, 2017

Developing a Safety Plan

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the Unites States. Every year, more than 44,000 Americans die by suicide. While there is no “one size fits all” treatment for someone exp...Read More >

February 17, 2017

Benefits of Music Therapy

Music therapy is one of the acclaimed breakthroughs offered at Skyland Trail, as part of the adjunctive therapies. Each week clients in our residential and day treatment programs have the opportunity ...Read More >

February 09, 2017

Finding Hope

When I arrived at Skyland Trail, my emotional and professional goals were very different than they are today. The biggest difference being that before Skyland Trail, I had none.  I take pride in...Read More >

January 24, 2017

Rollins Campus: Specialized Residential Mental Health Program for Young Adults

A hallmark of the Skyland Treatment model is individualized care. Each client receives evidence-based treatment matched to his or her diagnoses, symptoms, and goals. In our recovery communities, each...Read More >

January 05, 2017

10 Questions to Ask Mental Health Residential Treatment Programs

1.What type of accreditation or licensing does the program have? Mental health residential treatment programs may qualify for a number of different types of accreditation or licensure.  Skyla...Read More >

December 15, 2016

Ways to Stay Active through the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. As we spend time with family and friends during the holidays, our daily routines are often disrupted as we enjoy various holiday festivities. Despite the holiday bustle,...Read More >

December 09, 2016

Use, Abuse & Addiction

Dawn Collinge, Education Outreach Coordinator, recently presented at Family Support Group (STEP) on Use, Abuse and Addiction. STEP provides family members with the knowledge, skills and support n...Read More >

November 28, 2016

When the Holidays Don’t Feel Jolly

By Tracey Gagne, EdS, LPC, NCC, DBT Counselor, Skyland Trail The holidays come wrapped in a lot of “shoulds.” It’s the holidays, you should feel happy. It’s the holidays, yo...Read More >

November 22, 2016

4 Strategies to Maintain Sobriety During the Holidays

Giving the gift of recovery to ourselves and the people we love By Emily Giattina, LCSW, Dual Diagnosis Counselor, Skyland Trail The holidays can be a challenging time to manage sobriety. You may re...Read More >

October 27, 2016

Alumni Families Share Their Stories with Mental Health Professionals

Earlier this fall, 30 mental health professionals and education consultants from around the country attended 2016 Professionals’ Weekend at Skyland Trail. In addition to educational sessions, gu...Read More >

October 20, 2016

Building a Life Worth Living

The following reflection was written by a Skyland Trail alumni How does one build a life worth living? In DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), we learn that a life worth living means livin...Read More >

September 09, 2016

Tips To Keep Your Mental Health In Check Throughout The New School Year

Get involved on campus: Even if you commute to school, make connections with other students. You could join (or start!) a study group with other commuters in a class, or join a student organization. T...Read More >

September 01, 2016

Meet the McCartys

The McCarty’s son, David, graduated from Skyland Trail in 2009. Since then, they have continued to stay connected as integral members of the Skyland Trail community, and they can frequently be s...Read More >

August 24, 2016

Vocational Services at Skyland Trail

The Vocational Services Program at Skyland Trail supports adults with mental illness who want to pursue competitive employment, volunteer positions, and internships or continue their education. It is ...Read More >

August 02, 2016

Expressed Emotion at STEP

Chris Cline, MSW, LCSW, vice president of clinical services, recently presented on expressed emotion at Family Support Group (STEP). Expressed emotion (EE) is a measure within the family environment t...Read More >

July 25, 2016

Practicing Healthy Living & Mindfulness in the Kitchen

Healthy living education and counseling are integral parts of clients’ overall treatment plan at Skyland Trail. Clients meet individually with our nutrition and wellness counselor and learn heal...Read More >

July 05, 2016

Benefits of Laughter Chairs Share About Upcoming Event

Our 19th annual Benefits of Laughter event will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at The St. Regis Atlanta. Guests will enjoy an evening of entertainment by The Capitol Steps, an American...Read More >

June 14, 2016

Handling Criticism

By April Mojica, MS, LPC, NCC, Skyland Trail Lead Counselor Criticism can trigger psychiatric symptoms for some individuals who interpret feedback in unhealthy ways.  How we handle criticism may...Read More >

June 02, 2016

Using DBT to Confront Black-and-White Thinking

Clerissa Cooper, LPC, NCC, Lead Counselor, Skyland Trail From time to time, we all experience black-and-white thinking or fall into an all-or-nothing frame of mind. For some people, a pattern of blac...Read More >

May 13, 2016

Using DBT to Confront Black-and-White Thinking

Clerissa Cooper, LPC, NCC, Lead Counselor, Skyland Trail From time to time, we all experience black-and-white thinking or fall into an all-or-nothing frame of mind. For some people, a pattern of blac...Read More >

May 11, 2016

Supporting LGBTQ Adults Experiencing Mental Illness

Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Skyland Trail Several aspects of our psychiatric treatment program make Skyland Trail an effective and welcoming environment for LGBTQ (Lesbia...Read More >

May 02, 2016

Art Therapy at Skyland Trail

"Often when clients first arrive, they are in a place where it’s often difficult, if not impossible to put words to what they are thinking, feeling, have experienced and still need to learn. The...Read More >

April 20, 2016

Supporting Your Loved One After Treatment

We recently talked with Shelley Danser, CTRS, Coordinator of Adjunctive Therapies and the Family STEP program at Skyland Trail, about how families can help their loved one sustain recovery. People wh...Read More >

April 04, 2016

Four Questions with Independence Coach, Marshall McDonald

How would you describe your role as an independence coach? My role at Skyland Trail is to support clients as they reintegrate back into society. Transitioning from a residential treatment community t...Read More >

March 02, 2016

A Taste of Thai

Dhana Blissett, Skyland Trail Nutritionist Today in Cooking for your Health, our theme was a Taste of Thai.  We cooked two recipes: curried vegetables and vegetable fried rice.  Clients pr...Read More >

February 29, 2016

Your Support Builds a Bridge to Independent Living

Staff leadership and the Board of Directors recently instituted an important change to our Mark C. West Financial Aid Program that is yielding exciting results. As of June 2015, our Fin...Read More >

February 17, 2016

Daily Mindfulness Apps

Catherine Berry, LMSW Primary Counselor, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Practicing mindfulness meditation daily helps increase awareness of emotions, boost impulse control and reduce stress. Sma...Read More >

January 28, 2016

The Brain in the Body

Q&A with Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH Q: What causes mental illnesses, nature or nurture? A: Short answer: both. Many mental illnesses are genetic. The most heritable is bipolar illn...Read More >

January 13, 2016

Family Conversation Starter

To improve communication with your loved ones, consider these questions together: How do we communicate as a family (or with each other)? What do I do that makes communicatin...Read More >

December 15, 2015

5 Things I Wish People Understood About Therapy

1.    You don’t have to be sick. The journey of self-awareness and self-exploration is lifelong, and is beneficial for anyone. Therapy can deepen this experience and bring about the i...Read More >

December 08, 2015

Scott's Journey

Before Skyland Trail my life was focused on not living. I had more medical issues than I saw others in their 40s having and I figured my medical issues would multiply as I aged. Although my outside th...Read More >

December 01, 2015

3 Questions with Don Inman

What inspires you to renew your support each year?     The Inman family really believes in the mission of Skyland Trail.  The times I have heard Skyland Trail clients tell their s...Read More >

November 24, 2015

Managing Anxiety

Emily Wall, LMSW Primary Counselor, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very effective in reducing anxiety to a manageable level. Check out these tips. Evaluate Distort...Read More >

November 16, 2015

4 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

Tips from the Skyland Trail Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment team. It’s that time of year again, and holiday "hype" is rising. Unfortunately for many of us, so are our stress levels...Read More >

November 13, 2015

I am a Grateful Family Member: Lori Brickman

"It is both an honor and pleasure to be part of the extended Skyland Trail family. I have been volunteering and participating with Skyland Trail’s Family Orientation and STEP program for three ...Read More >

November 13, 2015

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

The holiday season is officially underway! Dinners, parties, family gatherings, and special treats at work are just a few of the ways in which we indulge. Let’s face it: celebration with food ...Read More >

November 10, 2015

All the Difference in My World

I would like to express my deep gratitude for the financial assistance that afforded me an opportunity for a very different and meaningful life. My name is Lisa. I’m from Northwest Ohio; I'm 5...Read More >

October 15, 2015

I Am More Than My Diagnosis

My name is Aina, and this is my story. Growing up in my community, we ignored behaviors and people seen as “crazy.” Without nuance, anyone with an emotional or mental health iss...Read More >

October 13, 2015

Benefits of Laughter Chairs Share About Upcoming Event

Our 18th Annual Benefits of Laughter will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. This exciting event serves as our signature fundraiser. This year, comedian Mike Birbiglia will entertain friends of S...Read More >

October 07, 2015

Hope Notes: Nature Therapy

Horticultural therapy is a unique part of the recovery experience at Skyland Trail. Clients work with our expert horticultural therapist in our greenhouse and in the many gardens on our campuses to us...Read More >

October 01, 2015

Coming to Terms with Mental Illness

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF MENTAL HEALTH TERMS. Learn more about three categories of mental illnesses treated at Skyland Trail: Mood Disorders Mood disorders include an array of illnesses characterized...Read More >

September 23, 2015

Nature as Healer

3 Fall Nature Craft Ideas Libba Shortridge, HTR, MLA, Horticultural Therapist Grab a few tennis balls and a sharpie. Write words on the tennis balls that describes your POTENTIAL in recovery...Read More >

September 14, 2015

What is a Certified Peer Specialist?

We recently talked to Wade Lee, Alumni Program Coordinator, and Christina Mitrisin, LEAP staff, about what it’s like being a certified peer specialist. What is a Certified Peer Specialist...Read More >

August 19, 2015

How the STEP Program Gave Us Hope

"You have gotten him here, and he is safe. Now rest and let Skyland do its work."  That was the kind reassurance we received from other parents and family members on our first night at STEP, whe...Read More >

July 27, 2015

Cognitive Remediation Therapy

Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) is a computer-based cognitive rehabilitation training program for adults with memory, processing speed, or executive planning deficits related to untreated mental i...Read More >

July 14, 2015

Q & A with 2015 Southern Shindig Co-Chairs

Southern Shindig is a fundraising event geared toward and organized by Atlanta young professionals. This year's event will take place on Friday, August 14, 2015, at SweetWater Brewing Company. We...Read More >

June 17, 2015

The Healing Process

The blog post below is written by Skyland Trail Alumni, Audrey R. How did working with your treatment team help you? Were there any times when their counsel set off a “light bulb” for you...Read More >

June 03, 2015

Staff Survey Responses

We recently conducted a survey with Skyland Trail staff to see how they would describe the organization and our programs. Here are a few of their responses. A place where individuals with mental ill...Read More >

May 20, 2015

Recommended DBT Apps

Recommended DBT Apps

Skyland Trail Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) counselor, Catherine Berry, recently took time to review and describe two apps useful for practicing DBT and mindfulness. As a DBT primary counselor, ...Read More >

May 18, 2015

Meet the Carusos: A Skyland Trail Grateful Family

Meet the Carusos: A Skyland Trail Grateful Family

Meet the Carusos: Barbara and Gary Caruso live in Johns Creek, GA. Their son graduated from Skyland Trail in 2013. He now works in Atlanta and attends our monthly Alumni Social Nights. Barbara and Ga...Read More >

May 14, 2015

Why We Give

by Jane and Clay Jackson Mental health affects all of us, including our family and friends. As a national leader in mental health care, Skyland Tail is a major asset for our city, and we see inc...Read More >

May 05, 2015

6 Habits to Improve Mental Health

6 Habits to Improve Mental Health

Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Skyland Trail Exercise Cardiovascular and strength training exercises help physical conditioning and also contribute to better mood and anxiety control....Read More >

April 15, 2015

Developing Perseverance

I checked myself into Skyland Trail a little over 2 years ago.  I was suffering from major depression, panic attacks, and major anxiety. When I first got to Skyland I didn’t have any hope o...Read More >

April 02, 2015

Julie A. Fast at 2015 Associates Luncheon

Julie A. Fast was the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Associates Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, held on March 20, 2015 at the Cherokee Town Club. Listen to the award-winning author and mental health ad...Read More >

March 23, 2015

Drop the Ball

The poem below was written by Skyland Trail alumni, Audrey R. She won first place in the 25th Anniversary Creative Writing Contest. Drop the Ball  Gripping tightly, cramped into rigid rigor mor...Read More >

March 02, 2015

Suicide Prevention Tips for Kids and Teens

Our friends at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention developed these tips for kids and teens. Share them with the kids and teens in your life. Empower them to save lives. 1.   ...Read More >

February 19, 2015

Associates President, Nan Easterlin shares about upcoming event

Nan Easterlin is President of the Skyland Trail Associates, an auxiliary group of women who support Skyland Trail through fundraising efforts and special events. Kim talks about her involvement with S...Read More >

February 05, 2015

New Service: Comprehensive Psychiatric Diagnostic & Assessment Service

Previously only available to our residential and day treatment clients, comprehensive psychiatric assessments are now offered as a stand-alone outpatient service. Whether receiving an initi...Read More >

January 27, 2015

Remembering Dorothy C. Fuqua

Remembering Dorothy C. Fuqua

Last week, we lost one of Skyland Trail's dearest friends and benefactors: Dorothy C. Fuqua. There is no question her loss will be widely mourned as her generous spirit can be seen and felt all over...Read More >

January 26, 2015

Four Questions with Rand Glenn Hagen

Rand Glenn Hagen Advisory Board member Financial Aid Committee member How did you first learn about Skyland Trail? I have known about Skyland Trail for years, but when I moved back to Atlanta five...Read More >

January 12, 2015

How Your Gifts Make a Difference: Meet Andrea

When Andrea came to Skyland Trail, she was in a deep depression; she was hopeless. “After several hospitalizations, Skyland Trail was my last hope,” says Andrea. “If I was going to...Read More >

January 02, 2015

Q & A with Campaign Co-Chairs Richard Parker and Brooke Weinmann

Why now? Why is this plan important today? Richard: Young adults have accounted for more than half of all admissions each year since 2012. A specialized facility and programing just make sense. Secon...Read More >

December 23, 2014

Changing Futures

Early intervention can prevent years of suffering and halt the long-term consequences of untreated mental illness– damaged relationships, housing and employment challenges, financial problems, c...Read More >

December 17, 2014

Champion of Change: Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy is a strong supporter of the financial aid program, which enables families in the community to help families of those enrolled at Skyland Trail through need-based scholarships....Read More >

December 02, 2014

25 Reasons to Give in Celebration of Our 25th Year

Never has the need been so great nor the impact so positive. Here are 25 reasons to make a gift now: Your gift can help save a life. More than 90% of people who die by suicide ha...Read More >

November 24, 2014

Champion of Change: Amy Rollins Kreisler

Amy Rollins Kreisler is a member of the board of directors and financial aid committee. As chair of the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, she provided a $3.5 million grant that was instrumental in launchin...Read More >

November 19, 2014

Changing Families

From the beginning, Skyland Trail has been a national leader in helping families feeling fractured by a mental illness heal - stronger and more resilient than ever. As our clients take steps toward in...Read More >

November 04, 2014

Holiday Fair Benefiting Skyland Trail

Mark your calendars for the Holiday Fair at Skyland Trail on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Join us for this family-friendly event from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at our main campus located at 1903 North Drui...Read More >

October 28, 2014

Honoring Duvall and Rex Fuqua

We were thrilled to recognize Duvall and Rex Fuqua as our 2014 Benefits of Laughter Honorary Chairs. Several community leaders describe the importance of the Fuqua's support and involvement in this vi...Read More >

October 16, 2014

Champion of Change: Rex Fuqua

Rex Fuqua pictured at left with his mother, Dorothy C. Fuqua  Rex Fuqua has supported Skyland Trail since the beginning, joining the advisory board in 1990 and the board of directors in 2001. He...Read More >

October 08, 2014

Changing Lives

Change in Action: Gloria T. Gloria T. graduated from Skyland Trail in 2013 and was instrumental in kicking off the Alumni Program. She completed training to become a certified peer specialist and i...Read More >

September 18, 2014

Community Meetings at Skyland Trail

Community Meetings are held every Wednesday for both clients and staff to attend. This client-led meeting is an opportunity for the Skyland Trail community to come together and recognize individuals&r...Read More >

September 12, 2014

Remembering Lives Lost to Suicide

The prayer below was written and delivered by pastoral counselor, Ayo Yetunde at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Candlelight Vigil during National Suicide Prevention We...Read More >

September 11, 2014

The Broken Road

In telling the story of our experience at Skyland Trail, we were inspired by the words from a country song - “God Bless the Broken Road that Led Me Straight to You.” The theme of the song ...Read More >

September 02, 2014

Getting Involved On Your Campus

Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.  The nonprofit organization aims to change the culture on campuses and in...Read More >

August 28, 2014

Leading a meaningful life through purposeful activities

Leading a meaningful life through purposeful activities

Shelley Danser, Coordinator of Adjunctive Therapies, explains the importance of leisure time for our clients and alumni at Skyland Trail. When a person is experiencing a mental illness, often the att...Read More >

August 11, 2014

Going Back to School

When thinking about readmitting to a college or university, clients often will work with our Vocational Services Program at Skyland Trail. Clients will meet with me to discuss their strengths and the ...Read More >

August 04, 2014

Artfully Transforming Grief

Many clients and patients come to Skyland Trail with unresolved grief, or experience a loss while in treatment.  Recognizing the universal experiences of loss and grief, we seek to make space for...Read More >

July 25, 2014

A Recovery Story: Thomas F

It has been 6 years since I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have never truly come out publicly like this because I have been afraid of what people might think and am still pretty scared about w...Read More >

July 21, 2014

Ensuring Excellence in Care and Customer Service

The Importance of Accreditation and Quality Measurement It is very important for behavioral healthcare organizations to be accredited. Individuals and families should not consider a treatment program...Read More >

July 11, 2014

Southern Shindig 2014: Behind the Scenes

Southern Shindig 2014: Behind the Scenes

Southern Shindig is a fundraising event geared toward and organized by Atlanta young professionals. This year's event will take place on Friday, August 15, 2014, at SweetWater Brewing Company. We...Read More >

July 01, 2014

My battle with depression through pastels

Blog post from Mike S., Skyland Trail client I have suffered in and out of depression and anxiety for most of my life. Being a naturally introverted person, along with outside influences in formative...Read More >

June 17, 2014

The Hopelessness that Turned Into Hope

The Hopelessness that Turned Into Hope

I really was ready to die. Skyland Trail saved my life, plain and simple. I had suffered from depression and anxiety for over a year since losing three jobs in a row through no fault of my own...and h...Read More >

May 21, 2014

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Social Integration Primary Counselor, Elizabeth Moore, MS, LPC, NCC recently shared this information to families at our Family Support Group (STEP). Relapse is part of recovery. Be prepared. Have a p...Read More >

May 06, 2014

Our 2013 Annual Report

Our 2013 Annual Report

President's Letter as published in the 2013 Annual Report.  Life-changing journeys start with a path. For the past 25 years, that path has been a trail. Skyland Trail. Journeys that b...Read More >

April 24, 2014

Why I Give: Jackie Montag

Why I Give: Jackie Montag

I first heard the name “Skyland Trail” at a Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta meeting in 2004. Skyland Trail was awarded the Managing for Excellence Award. I thought, “They mu...Read More >

April 22, 2014

Remembering William H. Fox, Jr.

Remembering William H. Fox, Jr.

Longtime donor, supporter and board member, William H. Fox, Jr., passed away last week. Bill and his wife, Carol, have been involved with Skyland Trail since the late 1990s. The couple served as Hono...Read More >

April 02, 2014

Creative Energy Connection

I decided to volunteer with the Horticulture Department at Skyland Trail because I wanted to connect with nature and with people who appreciate the healing power of the natural environment. Every time...Read More >

March 19, 2014

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-tested specialized type of psychotherapy shown to be effective for certain types of psychiatric illnesses. CBT connects a person’s thoughts, usually ...Read More >

February 17, 2014

The Dual Diagnosis Program at Skyland Trail

Dual diagnosis is a program of therapy designed to treat people who have more than one psychiatric condition at the same time. At Skyland Trail, we use the term dual diagnosis to mean a mental illness...Read More >

February 03, 2014

Evidence-Based Treatment in Mental Health Care

An interview with Skyland Trail Chief Medical Officer Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH What is evidence-based treatment? Evidence-based medical treatment means that, as a physician, you look at the r...Read More >

January 15, 2014

25 Years of Change

25 Years of Change

Interview with Beth Finnerty, Skyland Trail President and CEO What is the significance of the 25th Anniversary of Skyland Trail? What a milestone! Twenty-five years is a wonderful vantage point to r...Read More >

November 26, 2013

Tips To Reduce Stress During This Holiday Season

Tips To Reduce Stress During This Holiday Season Be Thankful “Make a gratitude list” and say “thank you.”  When under stress, sit down and make a list of all the thing...Read More >

October 21, 2013


In August 2013, five clients along with some of our Adjunctive Therapies Staff attended the Spiritual Retreat in Ellijay, Georgia, at the home of Lisa & Vincent West. The theme throughout the retr...Read More >

October 15, 2013

I can shine a light.

I can shine a light Pastoral Affirmation What is your purpose in life?  You can choose to bring darkness where there is light or darkness where there is al...Read More >

September 18, 2013

Why Family Therapy is a Key Element in Recovery

Why Family Therapy is a Key Element in Recovery

An interview with Dr. Carlyle Bruce, Family Psychologist The goal of family therapy is to help the families and clients here take a look at what’s been going on with them as a family and t...Read More >

September 04, 2013

The Strategic Path Forward

The Strategic Path Forward

An Interview with President and CEO Beth Finnerty and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ray Kotwicki  Could you give us an overview of the plan for strategic growth over the next three to five yea...Read More >

August 07, 2013

Music for a Great Cause

Music for a Great Cause

On Friday, August 16, 2013, Skyland Trail is hosting the 2013 Southern Shindig at SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta. Attendees will enjoy a fun-filled evening with food and entertainment by Nashvi...Read More >

July 23, 2013

Benefits of Laughter Chairs Explain Our Signature Fundraising Event

Benefits of Laughter Chairs Explain Our Signature Fundraising Event

Our 16th Annual Benefits of Laughter will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. This exciting event applauds the passion and dedication of all those involved with Skyland Trail. This year, comedian ...Read More >

July 16, 2013

Making a Difference Doesn't Mean You Can't Have Fun

Making a Difference Doesn't Mean You Can't Have Fun

Anna Ruth Williams is a host committee member for Southern Shindig, an event geared toward and organized by young professionals in Atlanta. Anna Ruth talks about her involvement with Skyland Trai...Read More >

June 24, 2013

Three Questions with Patty Reid, Advisory Board Member

Three Questions with Patty Reid, Advisory Board Member

How did you get involved with Skyland Trail? A friend invited me to Benefits of Laughter. I knew Mark West, who was board chair at the time, and his wife, Betsy, but I didn’t know what actuall...Read More >

June 24, 2013

Facing the Challenge of Bipolar

Facing the Challenge of Bipolar

“Snowboarding and golf, that’s me,” says 21-year-old Wyatt M. His dad took him to snowboard in the Blue Ridge mountains north of their home in Richmond, VA, when we was 12. Now a stu...Read More >

June 24, 2013

Uncovering Misplaced Whimsy

Uncovering Misplaced Whimsy

Written by Skyland Trail client, Jenny M. When I was little I'd sprinkle glitter in my hair and twirl around the backyard pretending to be Pippi Longstocking or perhaps Maria from The Sound of Music....Read More >

June 03, 2013

Learning How to Survive Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Skyland Trail

Learning How to Survive Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Skyland Trail

By Shelley W., former Skyland Trail client As the result of a major manic episode and subsequent hospitalization, I entered Skyland Trail in May 2011. I had been grappling for some months with medica...Read More >

April 29, 2013

The Impact of Art Therapy

The Impact of Art Therapy

On Friday, May 3rd, Skyland Trail is hosting the 16th Annual Arts in the Garden event.   This event celebrates Mental Health Month by giving consumers of mental health services an opportunit...Read More >

April 08, 2013

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal

“Hope springs eternal” on the campuses at Skyland Trail, especially in springtime when the return of unfolding new growth and budding flowers bravely announce that the process of regenerat...Read More >

April 02, 2013

Momentum at Skyland Trail in 2012

Momentum at Skyland Trail in 2012

President's Letter as published in the 2012 Annual Report. The signs of strong momentum at Skyland Trail were everywhere in 2012.  Client and family participation in all of our services increase...Read More >

March 26, 2013

Musical Notes: Jeff Barnes

Reprinted with permission from the Skyland Trail client newsletter. Written by Skyland Trail clients Erica and Vadi When we come in on Wednesday, and we're feeling kind of blue, we always know when ...Read More >

March 11, 2013

Billy Howard: Step Inside My Head

Billy Howard: Step Inside My Head

Billy Howard is the featured speaker at this year's Skyland Trail Associates Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show. Howard is a 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism. Howard is th...Read More >

March 06, 2013

Associates President Page Morocco: Why I support Skyland Trail

Associates President Page Morocco: Why I support Skyland Trail

Page Morocco is President of the Skyland Trail Associates, an auxiliary group of women who support Skyland Trail through fundraising efforts and special events. Page talks about her involvement with S...Read More >

January 07, 2013

Three Questions with Board Chair, John Gordon

John C. Gordon is the new chair of the Skyland Trail board of directors. John has been a member of the Skyland Trail leadership team for more than 20 years. John was recently interviewed by Maria Sapo...Read More >

December 19, 2012

The Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Three Questions with Dr. Ray Kotwicki, Skyland Trail Chief Medical Officer 1. Why do we see mental illness emerge in young adults in their 20s? We’re identifying mental illnesses a lot earlier...Read More >

November 26, 2012

In Recovery: A poem by a graduate of Skyland Trail

IN RECOVERY We are in recovery and must realize With each passing day, there are certain Things we should not do But that’s not a big price to pay Sometimes recovery requires us to Change ...Read More >

June 25, 2012

Benefits of Laughter Chairs Announced

Skyland Trail announced the volunteer leadership for its 15th annual Benefits of Laughter gala, to be held October 17, 2012 at the St. Regis Atlanta Buckhead.Read More >

June 14, 2012

Southern Shindig 2012

Southern Shindig 2012

Skyland Trail’s Second annual Southern Shindig was held at The Trolley Barn in April and was a great success. The event was organized by a group of dedicated volunteers and featured Fo...Read More >

May 15, 2012

The Spirit of Recovery

This article, written by Susan Lindsey, appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of our Journeys Magazine. From the outside, Roberta W. appeared to have it all—a solid career, a strong marriage, a fam...Read More >

June 18, 2011

Family Support at Skyland Trail

It’s been more than four years since Don and Maryland McCarty’s son David received a diagnosis of schizophrenia, permanently altering the fabric of their close-knit family. “We go...Read More >

May 03, 2011

Doughnuts and the Beach: The Importance of DBT

Opposite ideas or feelings may initially appear to be contradictory.  For instance, how can I want to look great in my swimsuit for a trip to the beach but also really want to eat that glazed dou...Read More >

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