Who We Are
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 residential treatment facility, we’re serious about healing and we’re passionate about the community we serve.
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; interfaith spiritual counseling; and family education and 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 for adults and academic services program for adolescents 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.
Skyland Trail is a private, nonprofit mental health treatment organization. Charitable giving supports a need-based financial aid program as well as unique therapeutic programming for clients and families. Since 1989, Skyland Trail has awarded nearly $14 million in financial aid scholarships, and five capital campaigns have raised more than $62 million for campus and program expansion.
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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. Learn more about Skyland Trail History.