Mary and Tom Watson

Mary and Tom Watson shared their inspiration for including Skyland Trail in their estate planning in the 2023 issue of Journeys magazine

Mary and Tom Watson - smiling woman and man standing in a ballroom for a fundraising event for mental health

“Our experience with Skyland Trail has made us acutely aware of how broad the need is for quality mental health care. Mental health is an important issue now, and we believe it will only become more critical in the future. Skyland Trail is already a leader in both the treatment of mental illnesses and the education and awareness of mental health issues. Although annual support is important, we believe legacy gifts will help ensure Skyland’s preeminence. 

Although mental health awareness is certainly better than it was a decade ago, mental illness still has a stigma unlike other illnesses. Our hope is that quality organizations like Skyland Trail will continue to make inroads and facilitate conversations so that mental illness is viewed in the same light as diseases such as cancer and diabetes.”

Individuals who support Skyland Trail through a planned giving commitment become members of The Cypress Society. These legacy gifts ensure that Skyland Trail continues to meet the needs of future generations through state-of-the-art facilities and leading-edge treatment programs.