25 Reasons to Give in Celebration of Our 25th Year
December 02, 2014
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 have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder.
- Financial aid scholarships help our clients fully engage in treatment – often making residential care possible or extending the length of treatment.
- 1 in 4 Americans has a mental illness. We all know someone who is living with mental illness. It affects all of us.
- Clients who receive scholarships through our engagement incentive program are 78% more likely to positively complete treatment.
- Our unique vocational services program helps clients find paid employment, community volunteer work or return to school.
- Early intervention can interrupt the negative course of some mental illnesses and lessen long-term disability.
- Skyland Trail saw more admissions in 2013 than ever before.
- Music, horticulture, art and recreation therapies open doors to communication. These programs are supported by charitable giving.
- More than 15 million Americans experience depression each year.
- Our interfaith pastoral counseling program helps clients adapt to uncertainty, find order in chaos, and look forward to a meaningful life.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college age adults.
- More than 50% of our clients are college age adults ages 18 to 26.
- 1,200 people attended a Skyland Trail mental health education event in 2013.
- 1 in 17 Americans has a serious mental illness.
- 68% of clients in 2013 experienced an improvement in attitude in their feelings of hopelessness.
- Studies suggest that music therapy reduces social isolation and improves interpersonal contact.
- 70% of clients in 2013 experienced an improvement in impulsive or addictive behaviors.
- The national healthcare accreditation organization, The Joint Commission, has awarded us 7 consecutive Gold Seals of Approval.
- When surveyed 12 months after discharge, 93% of our clients with depression have had no further hospitalizations.
- Adults with serious mental illness are at risk of dying 25 year earlier than peers, largely due to treatable medical conditions.
- 50% of people with mental illness also have a substance abuse problem. Our dual diagnosis program helps clients successfully address both.
- When surveyed 12 months after discharge, 86% of our clients with bipolar illness have had no further inpatient treatment.
- Studies suggest that art therapy strengthens positive feelings, alleviates distress, and helps individuals clarify existential questions.
- Evidence indicates supported employment programs are effective in improving vocational outcomes.
- Recovery is possible. You can help.