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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.

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

About Us

Few things can be as overwhelming and frustrating as mental illness – or finding effective treatments. At Skyland Trail, we get it. Which is why we take a different approach to helping adults with mental health issues.

Located in Atlanta, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older.

We’re not a hospital or lock-down institution, we’re one of the nation's top mental health treatment centers  a voluntary treatment community of clients finding new ways to overcome the limitations of their illness and reclaim their lives.

But success is built on a two-way commitment – we’re committed to our patients and we ask our patients to commit to our approach. Each client has to put in the time and effort needed to make real and sustainable progress.

As a long-term residential treatment facility, we’re serious about healing and we’re passionate about the community we serve.

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The Skyland Trail Experience

In this video, graduates and clients share their experiences before, during and after treatment at Skyland Trail.

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Who We Treat

As one of the best mental health treatment centers in the country, we’re focused on people with complex mental health issues, helping them understand that they are more than their diagnoses dictate – helping them grow, recover and reclaim their lives.

We treat adults ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis - a mood or thought disorder like bipolar illness, major depression, or schizophrenia, or an anxiety disorder. Most clients have co-occurring diagnoses including alcohol or substance abuse, borderline personality disorder, or secondary anxiety disorders. 

Because of our onsite primary care clinic, we can support those who have medical 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.

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Who We Treat

We treat adults ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. In 2016, more than 72% of clients had 3 or more co-occurring diagnoses – including anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders – in addition to a mood or thought disorder.

2016 Outcomes Report

Comprehensive Continuum of Care

Many clients enter our residential psychiatric treatment program after leaving a hospital or other acute facility. On average, our clients complete our treatment program in four to six months and then return to the community to live independently.

We offer a unique continuum of care with deliberate step-downs and reintegration points. Clients begin in our residential treatment or day treatment program.  Our longer length of stay allows clients to gradually move through our levels of care as their symptoms and skills improve. 

Residential Treatment

Day Treatment

Expert Psychiatric Care, Holistic Approach

We treat each individual, individually, tailoring an approach that includes a broad mix of evidence-based one-on-one and group therapies that help prepare our clients for reintegration into their lives.

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

  • In addition to helping our clients through effective medications and evidence-based 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.
  • Our vocational services program helps clients prepare to return to school, enter the workforce, or make career changes to support their mental health
  • We are one of only a few programs in the country to integrate medical care and mental health treatment.

Evidence-based treatment model

Art, Music & Nature Therapy

Watch these video interviews with Skyland Trail art, music, and nature therapy experts to learn more about how these unique programs help clients achieve recovery.

Art Therapy

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. 

Our History