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Raising Mental Health Awareness One Step at a Time

September 01, 2017

Atlanta, GA - Skyland Trail, a nationally recognized residential treatment organization for adults with mental illness, is participating in several walks in the community this fall to support local organizations. At each event, a Skyland Trail team comprising clients, alumni and staff will raise mental health awareness and support for those affected by mental illness.

The NAMI 5K Walk will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Grant Park in Atlanta. Teams of families, organizations and other groups will join together to celebrate mental illness recovery as well as raise awareness and funds for mental health programs in the community. Skyland Trail clients, alumni, staff and families are invited to join Team Skyland and help break the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Skyland Trail also will participate in the 14th Annual Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk on November 5, 2017 at Piedmont Park hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). AFSP’s signature fundraising event will bring together families, friends and supporters to prevent suicide, raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Individuals can join Skyland Trail’s team to honor loved ones lost to suicide and raise funds to support AFSP’s vital mission.

Last month, the Skyland Trail community also participated in the Happy Tails 5K at Newtown Park in Johns Creek. In addition, Nolan Transportation Group hosted the Rhino Family Road Race which raised over $10,000 in support of the psychiatric treatment programs at Skyland Trail.

Our recreational and leisure therapy program is part of our adjunctive therapies program at Skyland Trail. Our recreational therapists lead a wide array of fitness and leisure activities, including community walks that contribute to self-esteem, social confidence and physical well-being.