Friday, May 4, 2012

Arts in the Garden

If you were expecting "me made" today, I'm sorry to disappoint, but that's not the topic of this particular post. I did wear a new "me made" dress today, but I can't show it to you. You'll find out tomorrow why, so please come back.

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Also, did you know that my family has directly been impacted by mental illness? If you're a long time reader of my blog, you might remember that last year, my son, Kyle, was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder. I don't talk about it a lot here, but it is a part of our lives.

After Kyle was diagnosed, he received treatment at Skyland Trail, a world class residential treatment facility, right here in our backyard in Atlanta. Every year, they hold their Arts in the Garden fundraiser, and it was today! I could explain it in my own words, but here ya go, straight from their website:

Arts in the Garden serves as an opportunity to celebrate the talents and abilities of consumers of mental health services. Throughout the day there will be hands-on workshops, demonstrations, art exhibits, music and dance performances, plant and art sale, and a silent auction.  Mental Health organizations will also be exhibiting and educating visitors about Mental Illness. 

Of course, you would probably rather see some pretty pictures and I am happy to oblige!

These were taken on the grounds and in the gardens, which are both part of the adjunctive therapies that clients can choose to participate in. Some of the other therapies include art, music, nutrition, woodshop, meditation and yoga and other leisure activities, all in combination with more traditional group and individual therapies.

What the heck... how about a sneak peak at my "me made" dress:


  1. The pictures of the garden are lovely. Being out in green, nature is very soothing for anyone- at least it is for me!

  2. That is a very difficult illness to live with. The therapy garden is beautiful, and I'm sure working out in nature and growing living things can help aid in depression. I've heard caring for a pet can make a big difference too. Wishing you a very good weekend :)



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