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Staff Highlight: Frida Olvera

January 23, 2023
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Get to know Frida Olvera, intake manager at Skyland Trail, a non-profit mental health treatment organization in Atlanta.

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Ecological Systems Theory in Adolescent Residential Treatment

December 29, 2022
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Ecological Systems Theory, or EST, is an integral part of the Skyland Trail adolescent residential treatment program for teens.

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Staff Highlight: Molly Mercer-Deadman, M.Ed

December 22, 2022
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Get to know Molly Mercer-Deadman, M.Ed, education outreach director at the Skyland Trail mental health treatment program in Atlanta.

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Holiday Stress and Sense-Based Mindfulness

November 17, 2022
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by Sheila O’Shea The holidays are a joyous time for many, but they can also be stressful. Cooking huge amounts of food, meeting with crowds of family and friends, the pressure to make everything perfect, the list goes on. Mindfulness—especially sense-based mindfulness—can be helpful in easing holiday stress when dealing with hectic situations. However, focusing…

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6 Ways to Fight Loneliness During the Holidays

November 14, 2022
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Holidays don’t have to feel lonely. Skyland Trail CBT Recovery Track Assistant Director, Nicole Casey, shares tips on ways to stay connected over the holidays. Plan in advance and get a few things on the calendar so you have something to look forward to. 1. Plan ahead and reach out. If this is your first holiday…

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Give the Gift of Validation This Holiday Season

November 3, 2022
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Show people who are struggling that it’s ok to not feel good during the holidays. You are here for them despite their holiday blues.

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Get to Know: Holly Tufan, LAPC

October 24, 2022

Holly Tufan, LAPC, is a group therapist and care coordinator with the Skyland Trail adolescent treatment program for teens ages 14 to 17. In that role, Holly leads therapeutic groups, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills and ecological systems theory. They also help adolescents prepare for discharge from treatment, ensuring that teens and their families…

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The Top 3 Ways I’ve Been Supported

October 24, 2022
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By Gordon Corsetti, Skyland Trail adult programs graduate It’s shocking what a text message or an email can do for my mood. Since I told my friend group a month ago about the resurgence of my depression, the amount of unexpected well-wishes has truly blown me away. Some came from friends of mine that I…

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How to Make a To-Do List Work for Handling Mental Illness

October 1, 2022
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by Sheila O’Shea One of the things Skyland Trail gave me when I was there was structure. After losing my job due to a mixed episode that sent me to a mental hospital, my life threatened to slide in a very aimless direction. The regular schedule of classes and activities helped stabilize things, and one…

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Setting Up A Bedtime Routine

September 1, 2022
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by Sheila O’Shea One of the things I learned from my time at Skyland Trail was how essential good sleep was for recovery from mental illness. Setting up a bedtime routine was an important part of that. Over time, I established a routine to signal to my brain that it’s time to go to bed.…

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