6 Habits to Improve Mental Health

May 5, 2015
man sleeping 8 hours a night

1. Exercise Cardiovascular and strength training exercises help physical conditioning and also contribute to better mood and anxiety control. 2. Sleep Adults require as close to 8 hours of sleep per night as possible. Sleeping more than 9 hours can trigger depression in certain people, and less than 7 can contribute to mania in others. Sleep also is essential to learning. Instead of…


3 Ways Skyland Trail Ensures Excellent Mental Health Care and Customer Service

July 21, 2014

1. Accreditation by The Joint Commission The Importance of Accreditation and Quality Measurement It is very important for behavioral healthcare organizations to be accredited. Individuals and families should not consider a treatment program that is not accredited by a nationally recognized evaluation organization. Further, most insurance companies in the U.S. will not contract with an…


WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan

May 21, 2014

Relapse is part of recovery. Be prepared. Have a plan. The Wellness Recovery Action Plan, developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D., is a structured system for monitoring uncomfortable and distressing signs and symptoms, and through planned responses, reducing, modifying, or eliminating those signs and symptoms.  It also includes plans for responses from others when your…


Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment

February 3, 2014
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An interview with Skyland Trail Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH What is evidence-based psychiatric treatment? Evidence-based medical treatment means that, as a physician, you look at the research literature to determine, according to reputable studies, which treatments successfully help patients improve and recover and which treatments do not.  Just because someone…