Primary Purpose Group’s 15th Aniversary

Come Celebrate With Us!!!!!

The Primary Purpose Group is Celebrating their 15th Anniversary on February 28th, 2022 in the Day Hospital Auditorium at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, GA.

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Black History Month: Black Pioneers In Mental Health

In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting Black Pioneers In Mental Health.

Spotlighting Mamie Phipps Clark, Ph.D. and Kenneth Bancroft Clark, Ph.D. “The Clarks are best known for the famous ‘Doll Study’ in which more than 200 Black children participated. Both Mamie and Kenneth Clark worked on this study, providing invaluable evidence in favor of ending school segregation in the supreme court case Brown vs. The Board of Education, citing that school segregation was psychologically harmful to black children.”

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What is the connection between mental health disorders and heart disease?

“A large and growing body of research shows that mental health is associated with risk factors for heart disease… Evidence shows that mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD can develop after cardiac events, including heart failure, stroke, and heart attack.” – CDC

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Walgreens and Mental Health America are Taking a Clever Approach to Holiday Stress

Walgreens and Mental Health America are teaming up to help those who need it this holiday season.

Ridgeview Institute – Monroe Teams Up With Gwinnett County Sheriff to Tackle Mental Health Stigma

MONROE, GA (November 30, 2021) Ridgeview Institute – Monroe has partnered with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Mental Health Task Force (MHTF) to further end the stigma and culture surrounding mental illness in their communities.

Sheriff Keybo Taylor and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office have pledged to create a county wide culture in which residents with mental health concerns are not criminalized for having a mental illness.

The partnership’s purpose is to actively reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and act as an instrument of advocacy to stem the decade’s long migration of the mentally ill into criminal justice in the state of Georgia. This includes creating a streamlined process for when the MHTF responds to individuals in the community with mental health illnesses, who are presenting in an acute crisis symptomatic of severe mental illness, that follows a different set of procedures than a response to a criminal act.

“Ridgeview Institute – Monroe is thankful to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office for leading this initiative. Through this partnership, we will be providing citizens the crisis stabilization, support and treatment that they desperately need instead of incarceration. The fact that Georgia ranks last in providing mental health care and resources is just another reason why having partnerships like this is so important,” said Angelica Scott, CEO of Ridgeview Institute – Monroe. “Success is built on communities coming together. We can all do our part to change the canvas and make a larger impact.”

Ridgeview Institute – Monroe completed suicide prevention training “Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)” for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Mental Health Task Force (MHTF).

“It was a privilege to participate and assist in the QPR training alongside the MHTF, helping them get one step closer to their goals in creating a relationship with their community about mental health,” said Lisa Boylan, Director of Business Development at Ridgeview Institute.

Additionally, the Gwinnett County MHTF will be recognized as a community advocate for the rights, safety, and treatment of the severely mentally ill of Gwinnett County.



Ridgeview Institute has been Georgia’s first choice in mental health and addiction treatment since 1976. Offering a comprehensive array of programs for youth, young adults, adults and senior adults, the treatment facility also provides specialized programs for women and licensed professionals who need behavioral health and/or addiction intervention. It also offers the Recovery Residence, apartment-style living for those that are participating in PHP programs, which eliminates distance and transportation obstacles in a person’s recovery.

Ridgeview Institute has locations in Monroe and Smyrna, and offers free assessments. Individuals can be admitted directly into the program or referred after an acute inpatient hospitalization. For more information, please call 844-350-8800, 24 hours a day.



Angelica Scott
[email protected]

GeneSight® Testing Now Offered at Ridgeview!

SMYRNA, Ga.Oct. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ridgeview Institute is modernizing the standard of care for behavioral health treatment for Georgians in need of mental health and addiction services, thanks to a new partnership with GeneSight®.

The GeneSight® test, offered through Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN), helps clinicians understand how a particular individual may respond to certain medications by analyzing how a person’s genes impact how they may break down or respond to medications commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety and other psychiatric conditions.


The Ridgeview Alumni Charitable Corporation’s 2021 Golf Tournament


Does your team have what it takes to play with the pros?
Join former NFL players for a day of friendly competition and fun!

The Ridgeview Charitable Corporation has been assisting those in need of Mental Health / Addiction treatment, education, medication, and housing.
All proceeds will help continue to make recovery accessible for everyone.



Ridgeview Institute Smyrna is proud to support the Ridgeview Alumni Charitable Corporation. We have helped those in need of Inpatient, Outpatient, and Recovery Residence Programs for both mental Health and Addiction for over 40yrs.




9:00am Registration
10:00 am Shotgun start

Registration includes a light breakfast, a round of golf, range, balls, snacks, soft drinks, and water.
Lunch will be provided after the round.

$380 per team and $95 per person
Cooperate packages available, call for details.

Prizes awarded to top three teams for…
Closest to pin
Longest drive

$1,000.00 in raffle prizes
Silent auction

*All Registrations and sponsorships are tax-deductible




The Gold sponsor receives tournament entry for a four-person team, a hole sponsorship and four Supertickets. The Supertickets include four mulligans, a free hybrid club or wedge, a chance to win a three-day vacation and entry into a drawing for the chance to win a $25,000 shootout following the tournament. The sponsor also receives their company logo on all flyers and tournament documents and recognition in the RVAA semi-annual publication “The View”. That publication reaches about 4,000 addresses across the USA. The Gold sponsor may also hang a company banner on the clubhouse, and will receive verbal recognition during pre-tournament announcements.

SILVER – $700
The Silver sponsor receives entry for a four-person team, a hole sponsorship, banner for clubhouse and verbal recognition.

BRONZE – $350
The Bronze sponsor receives a hole sponsorship, banner for clubhouse and verbal recognition.

Company name and logo will appear on a sign at one of the 18 tee boxes.



Stan Dixon (404-210-1740) or
Eddie Chinal (470-606-2071)



Mental Health Takes Gold at Tokyo Olympics

Standing on the podium, the national anthem playing, your country’s flag being lifted and a shiny medal hanging around your neck. That is the traditional “gold medal moment” every four years at the Olympic games. However, much like the year 2020 as a whole, this Olympic games had a different moment.

United States Gymnast Simone Biles is widely considered the best in the world and potentially the greatest of all-time. After a successful 2016 Olympic Games and World Championship campaign, Biles was expected to climb the podium multiple times during the 2020 Olympic games. Instead, she shined the spotlight on something far more important than a medal: mental health.

Biles unexpectedly pulled out of four individual finals events (all-around, vault, uneven bars and floor) because of a disorienting condition known to gymnasts as “the twisties”. This condition affects an athlete’s ability to control their body while in the air as their mind and body are not in sync.

Gymnastics Coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi said that Biles is “first [athlete] at a meet at the biggest stage, to say ‘I’m not okay’”. Landi added that she would not have had the guts to say, ‘I’m not okay’.

“I don’t think I would have [imagined], no. I never would have imagined someone saying it, but I know I would have not said a word. I would have just pretended to be okay, and keep going and probably not end well.”

Coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi

Biles’ courage drew applause from around the world and started a conversation on mental health in sports.

Naomi Osaka, a Japanese Tennis Player, withdrew from the French Open for mental health reasons and went on to lite the torch at the Tokyo Olympic Games. She later graced the cover of TIME magazine titled It’s OK to not be OK as she too opened up the door for a conversation on mental health.

“I say put your mental health first,” Biles said. “Because if you don’t, you’re not going to enjoy your sport and you’re not going to succeed as much as you want to.”

June is PTSD awareness Month

Learn how we can prevent trauma from turning into PTSD.


Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Did you know that Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging?