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6 Steps to Develop a Safety Plan

February 24, 2017
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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the Unites States. Every year, more than 44,000 Americans die by suicide. While there is no “one size fits all” treatment for someone experiencing suicidal thoughts, evidence shows that protective factors can help lessen the likelihood of suicide among adults. At Skyland Trail, clients learn to identify…

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Benefits of Music Therapy for Adults with Mental Illness

February 17, 2017
music therapy

Music therapy is one of the adjunctive therapies offered at Skyland Trail. Each week clients in our residential and day treatment programs have the opportunity to participate in music therapy. During these groups, clients use breathing and rhythm exercises to encourage expression of emotion through activities such as drumming and guided imagery. Clients also have opportunities…

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10 Questions to Ask Mental Health Residential Treatment Programs

January 17, 2017
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1.What type of accreditation or licensing does the program have? Mental health residential treatment programs may qualify for a number of different types of accreditation or licensure.  Skyland Trail has received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval since 1998. Accreditation from the Joint Commission indicates excellence in ensuring patient safety and quality of care.…

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Mental Health at College

September 9, 2016
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1. Get involved on campus. Even if you commute to school, make connections with other students. You could join (or start!) a study group with other commuters in a class, or join a student organization. These connections can be very meaningful across the course of your life. If you have a mental health diagnosis, consider…

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Using CBT Skills to Handle Criticism

June 15, 2016
handling criticism

Criticism can trigger psychiatric symptoms for some individuals who interpret feedback in unhealthy ways.  How we handle criticism may affect our relationships with others, our self-esteem, and our opportunities for personal growth. At Skyland Trail, we help clients discover a new perspective and develop new skills to respond to criticism with a more healthy, productive…

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Using DBT to Confront Black-and-White Thinking

June 2, 2016
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From time to time, we all experience black-and-white thinking or fall into an all-or-nothing frame of mind. For some people, a pattern of black-and-white thinking over time may reinforce a recurring automatic negative thought – “I can’t do anything right” – to the point that it becomes a permanent negative core belief – “I am…

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Supporting LGBTQ Adults Experiencing Mental Illness

May 11, 2016
LGBTQ supportive community

Several aspects of our psychiatric treatment program make Skyland Trail an effective and welcoming environment for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer or Questioning) adults – including cisgender, transgender, agender, genderqueer, and gender questioning individuals – who are experiencing mental illness. Treatment Philosophy We encourage our patients to define their own values and establish their…

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Supporting a Loved One After Residential Mental Health Treatment

April 20, 2016
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People who have a strong support system of family and friends are more likely to stay healthy and successfully manage their illnesses long term. Just showing your love and letting your loved one know that she matters to you and many others in the community can go a long way. You can also take a…

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5 Important Facts about Mental Health Therapy

December 15, 2015
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1.    You don’t have to be sick. The journey of self-awareness and self-exploration is lifelong, and is beneficial for anyone. Therapy can deepen this experience and bring about the insight to improve relationships and overall well-being.  2.  Therapy will not “fix you.” You are not broken. The purpose of therapy is to help you…

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4 CBT Skills for Managing Anxiety

November 24, 2015
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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be very effective in reducing anxiety to a manageable level. Check out these tips. 1. Evaluate Distorted Thinking Our thinking influences our anxiety more than we realize. When experiencing anxiety, look for these skewed thinking patterns:  seeing situations in all or nothing terms (dichotomous thinking), only viewing what could potentially…

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