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Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture Series

The goal of this annual event is to amplify the voices of mental health experts and individuals with lived experience to elevate mental health as an issue of importance here in Atlanta and across the country. The lecture series honors the late Dorothy Chapman Fuqua, former board member and benefactor of Skyland Trail, and is made possible by Duvall and Rex Fuqua and Edwina and Tom Johnson in honor of Mrs. Fuqua.

Contact: Kathleen Rast,, 678-686-5913

2019 Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture: A Conversation with Sally Yates

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

A Conversation with Sally Yates
Moderated by Brenda Wood

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Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has written and spoken about suicide prevention, discussing her father's struggles with depression and his suicide in 1986.  Sally served for nearly three decades at the Department of Justice, first as a United States Attorney, and later as United States Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General.

Following the conversation, a panel discussion featuring Sally Yates and the following experts will discuss strategies for the path forward:

  • Ben Hunter, MD, Medical Director of Outpatient Services, Skyland Trail
  • Dorian A. Lamis, PhD, clinical psychologist, Grady Health System
  • Rev. Dr. D. Scott Weimer, Senior Pastor, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, and suicide loss survivor

Presented by Skyland Trail in partnership with Grady Health System.
Grady Health Atlanta

This event is free of charge. Seating is limited. Pre-registration required.

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Past Lectures

Past Dorothy C. Fuqua Lectures include:

“In Our Shoes” at The Carter Center
Panelists: Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds, Ms. Julie Hirsch, Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy

“Schumann: Music, Mood Swings & Madness”
Featured Speaker: Richard Kogan, MD, psychiatrist and Julliard-trained concert pianist

“In Our Shoes”
Featured Speakers: comedian Kevin Breel, and author Melody Moezzi

“Mental Illness in America: From Stigma to Strategy”
Moderator: Sanjay Gupta, MD
Panelists: authors Linea & Cinda Johnson and CDC epidemiologist Alex Crosby, MD

Watch Video: Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture

On May 17, 2016, Skyland Trail hosted the Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture Series at The Carter Center. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter delivered welcoming remarks followed by panelists Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds, Ms. Julie Hersh, and The Honorable Patrick Kennedy.
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