All Kinds of News for May 09, 2018
On May 4, Skyland Trail, a primary psychiatric residential treatment organization in Atlanta, hosted the 18th annual Arts in the Garden event to kick off Mental Health Month. More than 500 guests visited the Skyland Trail campus to experience an art gallery, artist market, plant sale, art demonstrations and musical performances, all featuring the talents of Skyland Trail clients and alumni and other individuals from the community living with mental illness.
The annual event is organized by a cross-section of Skyland Trail's multidisciplinary treatment team, and many clients engaged in art therapy, horticultural therapy, and music therapy are encouraged to participate as artists and musical or spoken word performers. The goal of the event is to celebrate the contributions of all members of our community, specifically those living with mental illness, and to confront the stigma sometimes associated with a mental health diagnosis. Community groups were also present to discuss resources available in the Atlanta community for individuals with a mental illness and their families.
The artist market featured many unique offerings including, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, home decor and bath products. The plant sale included succulents, tomato plants, and hanging plants all grown or propagated by Skyland Trail clients in horticultural therapy. Unique items included fairy homes, succulents in hand-crafted ceramic planters, and large pallets transformed into planters for herbs or spring flowers.
Art, music, and horticultural therapy are part of the holistic treatment approach at Skyland Trail. Clients in residential treatment and day treatment participate in a structured weekly schedule that includes one-on-one sessions with therapists and psychiatrists, evidence-based skills and psychoeducation groups, process and peer-support groups, vocational groups, nutrition and exercise groups, and adjunctive groups like art, music and horticultural therapy.
Arts in the Garden takes place annually on the first Friday of May, Mental Health Month. Photos from Arts in the Garden 2018 are available here: Photos.
About Skyland Trail
Located in Atlanta, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Through our residential and day treatment programs, we help our clients grow, recover and reclaim their lives. We’re focused on individuals with complex mental health issues, helping them understand that they can be – and are – more than a diagnosis. We offer expert, evidence-based psychiatric care alongside a compassionate, holistic path to wellness. Our integrated mental, medical, and social model helps clients develop strategies to improve mental health, physical wellness, independence, and relationships with family and friends. Unique therapies offered include music, art and horticultural therapy; workforce and school readiness; primary care services; family therapy; and healthy living and nutrition coaching.