Skyland Trail Honors Generosity of O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, Names New Campus

ATLANTA – Skyland Trail recently announced that the campus currently under construction on Buford Highway in Brookhaven will be named the Rollins Campus in recognition of the generosity of the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation. The 3.5 acre campus will be home to a Young Adult Residence and Treatment Center scheduled to open in fall 2016.

Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization offering residentialday treatment and outpatient programs for adults ages 18 and older struggling with psychiatric diagnoses including major depressionbipolar illnessschizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. 

Development and construction of the Rollins Campus was made possible by generous community support through the Changing Minds Campaign. Key contributors to the Changing Minds capital campaign include The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, The James M. Cox Foundation, the J.B. Fuqua Foundation, and the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation. 

“The new campus and treatment center will make a huge impact in Atlanta and the Southeast, where there are few options for this age group and this type of recovery-focused treatment,” says Amy Rollins Kreisler, executive director of the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation and Skyland Trail Board member. “For many young adult clients, Skyland Trail opens doors that once seemed closed and introduces opportunities that clients may never have felt capable of pursuing. We are proud to be a part of this endeavor.” 

The Rollins Campus adjoins the Charles B. West Campus at 1961 North Druid Hills Road NE. The 33,000 sq. ft. Young Adult Residence and Treatment Center on the Rollins Campus is specially designed to meet the mental health needs and socialization styles of emerging adults ages 18 to 26. In 2015, 60 percent of Skyland Trail clients were young adults ages 18 to 26. This reflects a national trend of college-age adults struggling with mood and thought disorders and seeking treatment. 

The Young Adult Residence and Treatment Center will include a 32-bed residential wing; community, recreation and dining areas; gardens; and treatment spaces. Respectful, welcoming, non-institutional spaces are an important part of encouraging healthy socialization and engagement in treatment, and reflect Skyland Trail’s holistic approach to wellness

“We are very thoughtful about our facilities and campuses,” says Beth Finnerty, president and CEO. “We ensure that these physical spaces reflect our treatment philosophy, which is one of hope, respect, and the belief that recovery from mental illness is possible. The Rollins Campus continues this tradition, with indoor and outdoor environments designed to promote mindfulness, healing, healthy socialization, and active living. We are grateful to all those in the Atlanta community who are helping us meet the growing need for mental health care for young adults.”

Young Adult clients at Skyland Trail receive an important combination of evidence-based, targeted therapies to improve problems with mood, anxiety, identity, and stress management; cognitive training to protect and enhance brain function; primary medical care with nutrition and active living counseling to strengthen physical health; and therapies focused on creative expression and purposeful activities to improve social skills, confidence, and community engagement.

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